Crystal Palace cruised to a comfortable 2-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. Roy Hodgson’s side took the lead after Jairo Riedewald slotted home a sublime pass from Wilfried Zaha.
But the best was yet to come, as Michy Batshuayi picked out a near-perfect pass for Zaha to pick up the vital three points, which means that Fulham are still waiting for their first win of the 2020/21 Premier League season.
Batshuayi could have scored himself before he saw another goal ruled out for offside for the second time in two weeks, but he quickly made amends shortly afterwards with a match-winning contribution.
Look, we get it. We’ll be the first to admit that we may have been a little bit too hasty in writing him off almost immediately after his erratic display during the dull draw with Brighton. But we’re not the first and won’t be the last to criticise a player – but at least we’re willing to admit it when we get it wrong!
In fact, Batshuayi has faced a fair amount of criticism for his performances over the years so far. But it’s fair to say that the Belgium international has silenced the critics with his performance against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Per SofaScore, the 27-year-old took two shots on target, took 37 touches of the ball, and created one big chance, whilst he made two clearances, two interceptions and blocked one shot, which shows that he contributed defensively as well.
SofaScore gave the Belgian striker a grade of 7.5, which is higher than what Wilfried Zaha received, whilst Sky Sports similarly awarded him with a rating of 7/10. Likewise, football.london gave him the same score, saying he “stretched the defence and showed more of what Hodgson will want to see this season.”
Batshuayi, who is currently rated at £10.8m via Transfermarkt, has received full backing from Roy Hodgson. And the Palace boss has been rewarded as the Chelsea loanee provided the assist to seal the win over his former club.
However, he has shown signs that he is beginning to rediscover the form from his first spell at Selhurst Park. Getting on the scoresheet should be the next thing on the list.
AND in other news, Crystal Palace missed out on key summer signing in Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins…