Palace Man Highly Unlikely To Still Be With The Club When 2019/20 Season Begins

2 Posted by - April 26, 2019 - News

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.

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  • Pete Burch April 26, 2019 - 11:18 am Reply

    Batman scored a couple of important goals whilst Benteke couldn’t buy a goal. It’s a good job we had him for this half season. Might have made Benteke himself push a bit harder too. I’ll wish him luck.
    I’ll be sad if Wickham goes too, but he’s just never been fit for long enough. A shame for him and for us.

  • Ben April 26, 2019 - 11:52 am Reply

    Agree with you Pete and HLTCO. He’s just done an OK job for uss. I had really high hopes for him when he arrived knowing the quality he possesses. Unfortunately for the reasons above it hasn’t worked out for him in regards to our tactics. You can’t fault the effort he has put in and I would have loved to see him as a palace player next season but he’s not the player we desperately need. I would also point out though, again agreeing with Pete, I think he did improve Benteke. Having genuine pressure on him for his place has bought out the best in him. Good luck Batman wherever you turn up.

  • D Paul April 26, 2019 - 2:17 pm Reply

    Wickham is listed at 191 cm which is about 6 ft 3 1/2. He is aggressive and a poacher. I have no idea why Roy appears to intensely hate him.

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