Crystal Palace have been known to be in the market for a new striker long before the January transfer window opened for business and now, following a fall-out in Spain, it looks as though Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi may be the man to plug the gap for the Eagles.
Despite having shown a real knack for scoring goals with Marseille, Chelsea and Dortmund in recent seasons, Belgian international Batshuayi has struggled with La Liga outfit Valencia this term, prompting boss Marcelino to embark on an extraordinary rant in which he disclosed that his patience had finally run out with Michy following the team’s unexpected Copa Del Rey exit at the hands of Sporting Gijon on Tuesday evening.
Michy Batshuayi subbed off at half time. And an angry Marcelino: “In some cases patience has already ran out. But I won’t go more into detail.” Return to sender after the player insisted that he wanted to stay? #cfc #cpfc 👀 pic.twitter.com/1orW0oHs9F
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) January 8, 2019
Whilst I personally know plenty of Chelsea fans who have long had concerns about whether or not Batshuayi is technically good enough to flourish at the top level, he has always seemed to have a knack of scoring goals at a decent rate; a trend that has only stopped since making the move to Spain at the start of the 2018/19 season. Questions are supposedly being raised as to whether or not the frontman is a little on the heavy side but given his pedigree, I certainly wouldn’t turn down the chance have him at Palace for the remainder of the campaign.
The anger shown by the Valencia boss suggests that he and the club will look to send Batshuayi back to Stamford Bridge early, paving the way for Roy Hodgson and co. to make their move. Is he likely to the answer to all of our problems? Of course not but in a side that has been able to create plenty without having a true goalscorer ready to apply the finishing touches, Michy could well find life in SE25 to be quite pleasant once he makes the jump.
It’s far from a done deal just yet but this latest development certainly looks like a positive one for those of a red and blue persuasion.