Most people associated with Crystal Palace FC are well aware that we’ll need to be in the market for a new striker or two this summer but one man who is unlikely to be on the club’s books by the time August rolls around is on loan frontman Michy Batshuayi.
The Chelsea man made the move to SE25 on a temporary basis in January and despite scoring a couple of important goals for Roy Hodgson’s men, it looks highly unlikely that the Eagles will stump up the cash necessary to take him away from Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis, leaving him looking for a fresh challenge elsewhere.
Against Arsenal on Sunday, Roy Hodgson opted for Michy’s Belgian international teammate Christian Benteke and was rewarded for the call when the big man opened the scoring midway through the opening 45 minutes, leaving Batshuayi twirling his thumbs on the bench. In many ways, Benteke’s headed opener shone a light on the difficulties the Chelsea man has had adapting to Palace’s style of play.
Whilst he’s clearly an adept finisher, the scarcity of chances we create, coupled with the need for a frontman to provide a physical presence at all times has left him cutting a frustrated figure at times and no doubt prompted Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff to ponder whether or not we can fully incorporate him into our side long-term.
There has been talk of Dortmund (who took Batshuayi on loan last season) making a summer move for him but as of yet, specific details as to his potential new home remain scarce. I’ve always liked him as a player but as time drifts by, it’s easy to see why both he and Palace as a whole will shake hands and wish each other well before parting in May.