Crystal Palace look certain to have secured Premier League survival for another season and, regardless of whether they should be doing better with the talent they have, it’s another job well done by Roy Hodgson and co.
The Eagles looked to be a in a spot of bother around Christmas time with neither Jordan Ayew or Christian Benteke – Palace’s two main striking options – having found the net, so it was clear that a new hitman was needed in January. Enter Michy Batshuayi.
The Chelsea striker joined Palace on loan on deadline day and was expected to fire the Eagles to safety but while the SE25 outfit have soared away from the drop zone, it has been in little part thanks to the Belgian.
Palace are no strangers to paying out wages that are surely disproportionate to their on-pitch output and Batshuayi threatens to be branded a costly flop if he cannot pull it out the bag with five games of the season remaining, by which time he will have raked in an insane amount for his time at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles were able to beat out the likes of West Ham, who scoffed at the striker’s reported wages, for Batshuayi – presumably because they were willing to meet those demands – but will surely be regretting it to some degree at least now, 594 Premier League minutes later. His stats certainly don’t make for particularly impressive reading, it has to be said:
Michy Batshuayi for Crystal Palace:
0.9 dribbles per game
0.2 key passes per game
65.8% passing accuracy
Considering the immense amount of hype preceding his arrival in south London, Batshuayi has yet to show enough to justify the big bucks he is surely being paid nor a permanent swoop in the summer – Palace have already paid an eye-watering amount for a Belgian striker and look how that turned out.
These Palace fans who were drooling over the move on Twitter will surely have changed their tune by now and will take some convincing of his ability before clamouring for his return next season.
Just mental. What a club.
— Sam • (@SWPalace) February 1, 2019
I’m absolutely gassed!!! pic.twitter.com/9L37iqdNbn
— Mr Palace❤️? ? (@NkwembeMr) February 1, 2019
I’m over the moon!!!
— Crystal Palace Waco (@PalaceWaco) February 1, 2019
— Stan ? (@stantheman271) February 1, 2019
Oh my god he is Amazing!!!
— Jordancpfc126 (@Jordancpfc17) February 1, 2019
— ?Michael Emilio (@MichaeI_32) February 1, 2019
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He might be a decent striker but Palace needed much better for this move to be worth it.
It is currently looking like another expensive transfer mistake from the Eagles.
It has to be said that he is certainly an upgrade on Benteke but that is hardly saying much.
What do you think, Palace fans? Three months on, has Batshuayi been a good signing? Let us know in the comments below…