Chelsea fell to a 4-0 defeat against Manchester United in Frank Lampard’s first Premier League game in charge yesterday afternoon and with Michy Batshuayi not even included on the Blues’ bench, you are left to wonder what the future holds for the Belgian.
The former Marseille man spent the second half of last season on loan at Selhurst Park and quickly became something of a fan-favourite. For a club who often struggle to convert chances into goals, Michy proved to be a breath of fresh air but after the excitement of early summer died down, it became clear that our chances of landing him were extremely slim.
Supposedly buoyed by the opportunity to prove himself to a new boss in Lampard, Batshuayi made it clear that he wanted to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for for a place in the first-team but after failing to even be named on the substitutes’ bench for yesterday’s visit to Old Trafford, you have to wonder what the future holds.
It could well be a case of rotation at the head of the side from the man in the Chelsea hot-seat but if Batshuayi continues to twiddle his thumbs away from the match-day squad, a January exit will surely be pushed up the agenda by the striker and his representatives. At 25, he’ll be desperate to play regularly and is already well aware of the love he’ll be showered with in SE25. Without needing to move house, he could be integrated back into Roy Hodgson’s squad in seconds, solving a problem for both us and him in an instant.
Of course, a single game of the 2019/20 campaign is no real record on which to base Lampard’s intentions and we may well find that the former Derby gaffer soon gives Michy a run of starts but if he doesn’t, you can bet all you’ve got to give that Palace will be circling in January, such was the impact he made during his time on our books.