VIDEO: This Batshuayi Goal Compilation Will Get Palace Fans Very Excited

1 Posted by - February 1, 2019 - News, Video

Late last night, Crystal Palace announced the loan signing of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi until the end of the 2018/19 season, bringing to an end the Belgian’s spell with La Liga club Valencia. 

The sceptical amongst our own fan-base and the wider footballing public will no doubt quickly point towards the 25-year-old’s struggles in front of goal so far this season in a bid to quell any bubbling Palace enthusiasm but I feel as though it’s only fair to look at the striker’s career as a whole before attempting to judge whether or not he’ll be a success in red and blue. 

Since turning professional, Michy has averaged a goal for every 151 minutes of football he’s played; a stat which even the most cynical of analysts much admit, is rather impressive. Throughout his time in the Premier League with Chelsea, it’s even better, with an average of a strike every 84 minutes whilst his tally with Borussia Dortmund last season saw him notch seven goals in 10 appearances, giving him a minute per goal ratio of 120. 

Yes, his stint with Valencia hasn’t worked out but make no mistake, this is an extremely positive move for Palace, with the above video, highlighting his goals in Dortmund’s black and yellow last term, bound to get most supporters excited for what he’ll bring to the table in SE25. Sometimes a club’s culture simply doesn’t mesh with an individual player, there’s no perfect science to it, no way of predicting the future, to all intents and purposes that appears to be what happened with Batshuayi and Valencia. 

Now he’s back in the Premier League, a place where he feels comfortable, alongside international teammate Christian Benteke and confident of getting minutes under his belt. It should be said, throughout his time in Spain, he managed to play just 518 La Liga minutes across 15 appearances; hardly a show of faith from the gaffer. Should Roy throw him in quickly, I have little doubt that he’ll score goals, he has done regularly across his career to date.

I was up at 6:30 yesterday morning and finally crawled into bed at about 1am, so you’ll have to excuse how hastily this particular piece has been thrown together. It’s currently 8:18am and I’ve got work in just over an hour but on this snowy Friday morning, allow yourself a few minutes to watch some goals scored by our latest striker. 

He looks alright doesn’t he? 

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5 Comments

  • tzcar February 1, 2019 - 8:35 am Reply

    well done parish,i agree with every word.if this lad fits in,him and zaha could cause panic in other,s defences.this one was worth the wait.

  • Rhys Jones February 1, 2019 - 9:15 am Reply

    It does give us another option going forward and as old fashioned as it probably now sounds and as unlikely as it is to happen, it would be good to see Palace play 442 on occasions, especially against those teams who visit Selhurst and play for a draw. We have 4 very tough games and 10 games where we are playing teams we stand a chance of beating, so having attacking variants has to be a positive, especially as we have 4 strikers who have/can score in the premiere league now.

  • Gordon February 1, 2019 - 10:31 am Reply

    You’ve got to be excited by this opportunistic development – and well done to SP and co for reacting so swiftly. Now Roy has the luxury of options and cover in all areas of the team.
    When the rumour emerged last night it didn’t seem credible – at least not to me. First it was supposed to be a permanent deal. How could we afford to buy a player worth at least £20m? And secondly a player whose wage demands had allegedly scared off West Ham & Real Betis. It must be that the loan fee demanded by Chelsea was the critical issue and I guess that at the 11th hour we managed to bargain this right down. Whatever the deal W Ham & Real Betis rejected, it would seem that we may well have managed to negotiate a much reduced sum – I may be well off the mark but I’m guessing about £4m? (loan fee & wages, which I read were £160k a week). If so, this would be a remarkable deal at today’s prices for a top class striker with such a track record at this level.

  • Eric The Ninja February 1, 2019 - 11:18 am Reply

    squad looks really healthy now with everyone back and the Batman in, glad all over!

    • Gordon February 3, 2019 - 12:00 pm Reply

      Yes – amazing strength in depth. To be able to bring on players of the clalibre of Batshuayi, Meyer & Sako speaks volumes. And spare a thought for Wickham. Last weekend a goal scoring start; midweek an unused sub; and yesterday left out altogether. With impressive performances from our Belgian duo, he might well wonder how long he’ll have to wait to get another chance.

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