It’s a little over three weeks until the January transfer window opens, and it seems as though the media are cranking up the rumour mill yet again, linking Crystal Palace with a club record bid for a new striker in the New Year.
Crystal Palace are believed to be “lining up” a club record bid for Marseille and Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi in January. There’s no need to question whether or not this lad would be worth the money, he looks every inch the natural finisher we’ve been crying out for all season long.
22-year-old Belgian front man Michy Batshuayi is expected to be the subject of a huge bid from Alan Pardew and co. in the coming weeks, as they look to steal a march on several of their Premier League rivals in the battle for his signature.
Having begun his career with Standard Liege in 2011, the attacker bagged an impressive 40 goals in 95 league appearances, earning himself a move to Marseille in the summer of 2014. Since making the switch to Ligue 1, he has continued to progress at an alarming rate, netting 19 goals in just 43 outings for the European regulars.
Given his age, it’s no surprise to hear that Batshuayi has plenty of admirers across the continent, with Arsenal and Chelsea thought to be amongst them, but with Palace known to be desperate to boost their attacking options at the soonest possible opportunity, a move to Palace may present the Belgian hotshot with a feasible chance to catch the eye of the watching world.
Making his international debut in March of this year, it took him just a few minutes to score, capping off an easy 5-0 win over Cyprus with a well-struck effort from outside the area, catapulting him into the thoughts of his onlooking countrymen as a player who could prove to be real asset in years to come.
This term, he has managed to score 12 in 21 appearances, with two coming in the Europa League. Clearly, this is a man who has exhibits little to no fear when put in front of goal, making him the perfect candidate to fire us further up the table in years to come, if Pardew and the Palace board feel he is worth the hefty price-tag that is being discussed.
Currently sitting in sixth place after 15 Premier League fixtures, we are yet to see a goal from any one of our recognised strikers. If we are able to convince Batshuayi that Selhurst Park is the nest place for him to progress from January, you would fully expect that statistic to be blown away in a matter of weeks.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed on this one.