In Focus: Batshuayi showing what Chelsea are missing

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has insisted that he is not thinking about his future following a scintillating start to his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund.

What’s the word?

The Belgian joined the West London outfit from Marseille in the summer of 2016, but he has struggled to make an impression at Stamford Bridge.

The 24-year-old has had to settle for a bit-part role, and in the first half of this season for Chelsea he started 10 games in all competitions.

Three of those outings came in the Premier League, but he made a further nine appearances as a substitute.

In that time he managed to score two goals and create a single assist, but it became clear that he was not favoured by manager Antonio Conte.

In the January transfer window, Batshuayi joined Dortmund on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The striker has made an instant impact, scoring five goals in his first three appearances for the German outfit.

When asked about his future by Sporza, Batshuayi said:

“I’m not thinking about that [returning]. For me, it’s important to perform well for Borussia Dortmund in every match. I’ll deal with the situation as it comes.”

Have Chelsea made a mistake?

Batshuayi was never going to challenge Alvaro Morata for the top spot, but he has shown at Dortmund that he can certainly be an asset.

The German club’s style of play has seemingly suited the forward as he has found himself in the right place at the right time to sneak in goals and increase his tally.

Since moving to the Bundesliga outfit, Batshuayi has started all three of his matches, playing the full 90 minutes.

From the player’s point of view, if it is possible to stay at Dortmund on a permanent deal, then the Belgian should consider it.

It is unlikely that he will get the regular minutes that he wants at Stamford Bridge, particularly if Conte remains in charge.