A late deal on transfer deadline day saw outcast Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi join Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season, as reported by the BBC.
After enduring a disappointing loan stint with La Liga outfit Valencia in the first half of the campaign, the 25-year-old will be desperate to prove his worth in the Premier League during his time at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles could certainly do with a new goalscorer, as Roy Hodgson’s side have struggled to find the back of the net this season.
Chelsea, however, may soon be wondering if letting the 22-cap Belgium international leave Stamford Bridge was a smart move.
Football FanCast’s Billy Meyers and Will Jones debate whether or not the Blues have made a mistake in letting Batshuayi go.
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Should Chelsea have kept Michy Batshuayi? Absolutely. It is baffling to see them mess around with the whole Alvaro Morata out, Gonzalo Higuain in situation, when they have a proven goalscorer being offered around to anyone who will listen.
The Belgian international has scored 112 goals in 290 games throughout his career – as per Transfermarkt’s stats – a record which is very impressive for a 25-year-old striker who hasn’t really been playing week in, week out since his time in France with Marseille.
Currently, the Blues have Olivier Giroud and Higuain in their ranks, two strikers who are the wrong side of 30 and players who do not pose a huge threat to the opposition – yes, the latter has just arrived at Stamford Bridge, but he has looked extremely ineffective in his first two starts.
At a time where Maurizio Sarri has been playing Eden Hazard as a makeshift striker, the deadline day rush to offload Batshuayi seems unnecessary, unfair and just downright baffling.
Batshuayi’s career record looks good, but since his arrival at Chelsea in 2016 he has not shown much worth getting excited about. Aside from a very brief, albeit prolific, loan stint with Borussia Dortmund last season, the forward has struggled since his arrival in west London.
He certainly has a long way to go to prove he has what it takes to thrive in the Premier League, and had he remained at Stamford Bridge he would likely have only played a bit part role. He now has a chance to impress with regular football and maybe even save his long-term Chelsea future.
Had he remained in Sarri’s squad he would only have stagnated further, especially as the Italian coach clearly has so much faith invested in the abilities of Higuain.