The Athletic’s Crystal Palace correspondent Matt Woosnam has given his verdict on the chances of Michy Batshuayi returning to Selhurst Park this month, after we put the question to him in a Q&A session on Friday afternoon.
Well, the south Londoners were believed to be closing in on a loan deal to sign the 29-cap Belgium international according to The Sun, although Chelsea were waiting until they sign a striker of their own until giving the green light.
As of now, that is something that Frank Lampard’s side have been unable to do, so Batshuayi remains at Stamford Bridge.
The former Marseille striker spent the second half of last season on loan at Selhurst Park, where he netted five goals in nine Premier League starts before heading back to Chelsea, where he has made no starts in either the Premier League or the Champions League this term.
Lampard has afforded his No.23 just 14 substitute appearances in the Premier League this season, while handing him four outings from the bench in the Champions League – Batshuayi’s only starts have come in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, where he has made one and two respectively.
Here’s what we asked The Athletic journalist: “Could you tell me the percentage chances of Michy Batshuayi returning to Selhurst Park this month?”
To which Woosnam replied: “It’s impossible to give an accurate percentage at the moment because things will always change in football. It all depends on what happens elsewhere and what Palace’s priorities are at the end of the window. It’s one to keep an eye on but I wouldn’t consider it something that has a very high chance.”
While that response doesn’t offer huge encouragement to those who want to see the 26-year-old back in red and blue, it does still leave a tiny glimmer of hope.
Woosnam’s seven-word response of “it’s one to keep an eye on” suggests that there could still be some action in this specific transfer saga, although with Chelsea still yet to sign a striker of their own, who knows what will happen.
It would be a massively helpful signing for Roy Hodgson, as his side are currently the Premier League’s second-lowest scorers with only 22 goals to their name in 24 outings this term – only Watford have scored less.
In other news, this transfer target who gets fouled just as much as Wilfried Zaha could be ideal for Crystal Palace…