Roy Hodgson has made no secret of his desire to bring Chelsea man Michy Batshuayi back to Selhurst Park next season but following his final game in red and blue at home to Bournemouth, the Belgian international admitted that he’s in the dark as to what his immediate future holds.
His outing against the Cherries saw him net a brace in a 5-3 victory, (his first goals at Selhurst Park) and when quizzed on how he’s felt during his time in SE25, Michy was remarkably positive. After starting the season with a rather uninspiring loan stint on the books of Spanish club Valencia, Batshuayi’s move to south London has seen him get back amongst the goals, leading some to wonder whether or not the Blues will reconsider using him in their first-team during the 2019-20 campaign.
With their recent appeal over a transfer ban having been rejected, Sarri may be left with little option than to work with what he’s already got and whilst Michy may not have been particularly high up the pecking order back in August of 2018, circumstances may dictate Chelsea’s final call over whether or not to speak openly with Palace about engineering a mutually agreeable deal.
Batshuayi’s game isn’t one that necessarily offers much outside the penalty area but there is no doubt that when given a sight of goal, the former Marseille man is the sort of finisher Palace have long been crying out for. There’s an instinctive nature to his play which has impressed many of a red and blue persuasion; whether or not that stretches to those behind the scenes stumping up the cash is another question but we do at least know that Michy himself isn’t dead set against returning should the opportunity present itself.
We shall have to sit tight for quite a while before this one reaches a conclusion.