Belgium football’s golden era has a new chapter as another one of their young talented players has drawn interest from Europe’s elite clubs.
22-year-old Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi has become one of football’s more desirable targets in recent transfer windows. Stoke City have reportedly made an offer around £20million for the Belgian finisher.
While that offer may have been rejected, there is no doubt that Stoke, or other clubs, will take further action to lure in Batshuayi before the transfer window closes.
Batshuayi is the next in a series of elite Belgian footballers. The Marseille striker has impressed many this season scoring 15 goals in 30 matches while adding seven assists. This run includes three goals in five Europa League fixtures. He managed to net seven goals while playing for the Belgian U21 team and in 2015 scored in both of his appearances for the Belgian first team.
Batshuayi is a traditional number nine in the Marseille Starting XI. The Belgian international has shown he can score in the French Ligue 1, the Europa League and in international appearances.
Early on in his career he was not seen as a consistent threat, but at just 22-years-old he’s matured on the pitch to become a vital attacking force week after week. His excellent handling skills help create space for himself and others on the attack.
Not only can he put he ball in the back of the net, he’s shown that he can make key passes in the box as well with great vision. However, like many young, confident, goal scorers in football, he’s a head case at times and can let his emotions take over.
Batshuayi could be just what Stoke need to make a run for a top four spot. At the moment, all Stoke really needs is someone who can finish on the chances created by their excellent midfield.
The creative play of Bojan, Xheridan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic is only lacking someone who can consistently put the ball in the back of the net. An addition of a striker like Batshuayi would make Stoke a threat year after year.
At the moment, Marseille appear to either want a lot for the striker or don’t want to sell him at all. While Stoke’s initial £20million offer was rejected, clubs should break out the wallet for a talent of this quality.
At 22-years-old Batshuayi is poised to be one of Europe’s top finishers for years to come and he could be worth an expensive fee.