Transfer Focus: Lost striker Michy Batshuayi to return to Chelsea at season’s end

According to Belgian media outlet HLN, striker Michy Batshuayi will be going back to Chelsea in the summer, following the conclusion of his loan at Crystal Palace.

What’s the word, then?

The 25-year-old will not be the subject of a permanent move from the Blues to the Eagles after his short spell, with Belgium teammate Christian Benteke also on his way out of Selhurst Park, per the original report.

Batshuayi hooked up with Roy Hodgson’s men in January following his brief return from a loan at Valencia for the first half of the 2018/2019 season and has two goals in nine Premier League matches, helping the team to the relative safety of lower mid-table.

The prolific forward started his career at Standard Liege in his native land before he was picked up by Olympique Marseille and then Chelsea in the summer transfer window of 2016.

A 25-cap, 13-goal Belgium international, he’s no doubt been left frustrated by three loans since he arrived at Stamford Bridge.

The final piece of Chelsea’s new front three?

Should Maurizio Sarri decide to keep Batshuayi in the summer rather than loan him out again or sell him, he could be the final piece in the jigsaw of a new-look front three in west London.

The various different rumours from various different outlets linking Eden Hazard and with a move away and the future of Gonzalo Higuain being anything but settled means the Blues could have a crisis up front in the summer.

However, they do have Christian Pulisic arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal that was finalised before the transfer ban and the exciting Callum Hudson-Odoi breaking into the first team.

Put them together with Batshuayi, a proven goalscorer at many different clubs in Europe’s top five leagues, and you get the future front three of Chelsea.

With Pulisic on the right, the current Palace man in the middle and the academy product Hudson-Odoi on the left, Sarri can build a side.

As the main cog at the centre, Batshuayi is as important an element of this as the other two – it’s time for the club to finally use the lost striker and get value for their money.

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