Roy Hodgson is understandably delighted to have Belgian international Michy Batshuayi on the books at Palace until the end of the season and has been speaking about the positive vibes between the Eagles and his parent club Chelsea will led to the deal taking place.
It’s now common knowledge that the Blues had previously been in talks with both Tottenham and West Ham about a potential temporary switch, only for the loan fee being demanded to force both clubs to step away from the negotiating table but when the prospect of a switch to Palace was mentioned, the team from the Fulham Road significantly lowered their terms in an effort to get it over the line.
The reasoning behind such a decision is multi-faceted, with Maurizio Sarri’s men first and foremost not directly threatened by the Eagles in terms of league position, thus lowering any chance of their own man causing them to fall out of the race for a Champions League spot; that being said, with games still to come against the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United, Michy may well provide the decisive strike against any of their direct competitors, thus helping the Chelsea cause indirectly.
Alongside all of the different Premier League permutations, it should be said that Palace chairman Steve Parish has cultivated an extremely good relationship with the Chelsea top brass in recent years, thanks to a number of loan deals, most recently of course for a certain Ruben Loftus-Cheek. There is no denying that we as a club played a major role in elevating the midfielder to the next level, turning him from a bit-part academy graduate into a fully fledged England international, a transformation which will have been noted by those behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge when weighing up whether or not to float the idea of a short-term stint for Batshuayi in SE25.
Just as was the case with Ruben, I expect Palace fans to be hugely disappointed this summer when a permanent stay doesn’t come to fruition for Michy but in the immediate future, there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that his presence will have a major impact on our chances of top flight survival. Let’s just focus on that for the time being and see what hand we’re dealt once the campaign comes to a close.