Leeds summer target Michy Batshuayi may be out of favour at Chelsea, but he is putting himself in the shop window during international duty. The striker shone for Belgium on Wednesday in a friendly against Switzerland, a match they were forced to work extremely hard for.
The Belgians were put on the back foot almost immediately after Admir Mehmedi opened up the scoreline for the Swiss men. It took until the second half for Roberto Martinez and his side to get back into the action. Thanks to a brace from Batshuayi, the Red Devils banked the win in the 70th minute.
As it stands, the only reliable striker the Whites are currently fielding is Patrick Bamford. The 27-year-old late bloomer has taken the Premier League by storm, already racking up an impressive seven goals. His tally for the season so far is level with Harry Kane and just one behind front runners Son Heung-min, Jamie Vardy, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Mohamed Salah (via BBC Sport).
However, his strong goal return hasn’t been enough to keep Leeds in good form. They will face Arsenal once domestic football returns, coming off the back of two 4-1 defeats to Leicester and Crystal Palace.
Whilst defence is an issue for Marcelo Bielsa, his attack is also something that needs to be addressed. Bamford cannot be expected to carry his team through the season on his own. Signing another target man could be the way forward for the Argentinian, who enjoys a midfield of four. Bielsa has rarely strayed from his go-to formation of 4-1-4-1 since Leeds re-entered the Premier League. A slight change up of 4-4-2 could provide the Yorkshire outfit with a lot more attacking prowess.
Batshuayi in particular would be a very smart signing. Chelsea enjoyed a dream transfer window after splashing the cash on several mega money deals. One thing they didn’t do though, is balance the books. The Blues weren’t able to make back much cash through the sale of surplus players, despite interest shown in the likes of N’Golo Kante.
According to the Het Laatste Nieuws (via Daily Star), Chelsea were looking for offers in excess of £20million over the summer. This priced Leeds out of a move for Batshuayi, but after falling drastically down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, his asking price could be lowered once he returns from loan at Crystal Palace.