Three reasons Southampton should sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi in January

According to reports in The Telegraph, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is already looking to replace striker Michy Batshuayi during the January transfer window following the 2-1 defeat against bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The Eagles came into the clash against the Blues having failed to pick up a point or score a goal in the Premier League this term, but they walked away 2-1 winners thanks to an own goal from Cesar Azpilicueta and a Wilfried Zaha strike.

Batshuayi, who according to The Telegraph came close to leaving the club on loan during the summer, was handed a rare start – just his third in the top flight for the west London outfit following his move from Marseille in 2016 – but he failed to make an impression in the absence of the injured Alvaro Morata and was replaced by Pedro in the 57th minute.

Meanwhile, Southampton have made a stuttering start to the campaign and they are once again struggling in front of goal despite Manolo Gabbiadini’s brace against Newcastle United on Sunday, with three of their seven Premier League goals this season coming from the penalty spot.

Here are three reasons Saints should look to sign Batshuayi in January…