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?