He’s been linked with Crystal Palace on a fair few occasions in the past but now it seems as though Chelsea frontman Michy Batshuayi may actually have a feasible chance of making a move to Selhurst Park.
The Blues striker is currently out on loan at Valencia but is struggling for both form and minutes in La Liga, having made 21 appearances for Los Che but amassed a total of just 976 minutes playing time, ringing alarm bells for both him and his parent club.
Last season, the Belgian international found himself out on loan at Borussia Dortmund where he managed far better, scoring seven goals in just 10 Bundesliga appearances but for a striker who is still only 25 years old, the need for a sense of belonging is no doubt growing stronger with each month that goes by.
What Batshuayi needs at this point in his career: stability and a good run somewhere else, possibly longer than 6 months. Conte didn’t rate him, Sarri didn’t consider him as first choice before the season. Chelsea have offered him to Palace. pic.twitter.com/3JgShtCIqX
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) December 22, 2018
Having joined Chelsea from Marseille in the summer of 2016, Michy was no doubt hopeful of having a long and fruitful career on the Fulham Road but thanks to a high turnover of managers and fierce competition for places, his opportunities at Stamford Bridge have been sparse.
At Palace, that wouldn’t be a concern for him, with Benteke’s struggles for form, Connor Wickham’s persistent injury problems and Alexander Sørloth’s inexperience leaving Roy Hodgson with no choice but to persist with a forward pairing of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.
We’ve seen the team produce all manner of chances this term, only to grow frustrated at the lack of a clinical finisher to tuck them away but in Batshuayi, we may just have found the missing piece of the puzzle. Is he the most gifted striker on the planet? No. Does he have a knack of being in the right place at the right time in the final third? Unquestionably.
A goals per minute ratio of 150 across his entire career acts as the perfect guideline to Batshuayi’s main strength which at this moment in time, happens to be Crystal Palace’s biggest weakness. A match made in heaven? Let’s hope so.