Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi on loan until the end of the season and the striker could make his first appearance in red and blue as soon as Saturday’s clash with Fulham. Roy Hodgson and co will surely be hoping he can hit the ground running and fire them to safety, but the club should be careful not to repeat last summer’s big mistake.
Well, 25-year-old Batshuayi joins the Eagles on a six-month loan having been recalled from his spell at Valencia and opted for a move to South London over a number of other potential destinations.
The Belgian international has bagged seven goals in 32 appearances for the Blues but has slipped down the pecking order, resulting in temporary switches to Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and now Palace.
A capable finisher on either foot, the former Marseille man could make a huge difference going forward. If he’s a resounding success, the SE25 outfit must make sure they get him on a permanent deal in the summer after the disappointment of missing out on Ruben Loftus-Cheek last summer.
A teammate of Batshuayi’s at Chelsea, 23-year-old Loftus-Cheek was a hit at Selhurst Park last season but Palace were unable to get him on the books permanently at the end of the campaign – the powerful midfielder was a key component of Hodgson’s side and they have missed his marauding runs this season.
Steve Parish surely feels pretty pleased with the business done in January now that Batshuayi has joined, but he must bite the financial bullet this summer and shell out the £40m (per The Sun) that would be required to make the hitman a Palace man permanently, should he get the goals he is expected to, of course.
It would mean breaking their transfer record, but Palace can’t afford to let the Chelsea star slip through their fingers if they want to finally solve their goalscoring woes for good.
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