Crystal Palace are known to be extremely keen on rekindling their relationship with Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi during the January transfer window and now, the Belgian’s international boss Roberto Martinez has spoken to suggest that the frontman may be better served cutting ties at Stamford Bridge.
The former Marseille man is still yet to start a Premier League game for the Blues under the guidance of Frank Lampard but is still regularly finding the back of the net when given minutes; that said, with first-team opportunities few and far between on the Fulham Road, Martinez has hinted that a solution needs to be found.
Crystal Palace haven’t been shy in their pursuit of Michy, who enjoyed a successful loan stint at Selhurst Park in the second half of last season, meaning that Martinez’s words will be music to their ears ahead of the Premier League’s resumption this weekend.
“He doesn’t play enough at Chelsea. I think that’s a shame, even though he scores a lot with the national team.
I hope he will play more, because we really need him… But then he has to play. Otherwise a solution must be found.”
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that the “solution” is likely to mean a transfer away from Chelsea and with Palace known to be huge admirers of the 26-year-old, you’d assume we’d be in pole position ahead of the New Year window opening for business. Would Michy himself be open to it? I don’t see why not. He seemed to love his time in SE25 and would probably be in immediate contention for a starting place if he committed to the switch. Where that would leave Jordan Ayew is up for debate but from Roy Hodgson’s point of view, having both men available to him would be a major positive from January onwards.