Everton should act fast to get Batshuayi

According to The Telegraph, Everton are in the hunt for Michy Batshuayi’s signature after the Chelsea striker’s loan spell with Valencia was terminated.

What’s the story?

Batshuayi’s stint with Valencia was cut short recently after the 25-year-old struggled to find his best form for the La Liga club. Valencia boss Marcelino has made no secret of his disappointment in the Belgian forward. 

Speaking after his side’s Copa del Rey exit at the hands of Sporting Gijon, during which Batshuayi missed an early sitter and was hauled off at half-time, the manager said, “I think we have to get in some strikers. I’ve clearly run out of patience with certain individuals.

We could have gone in front in the first minute. It was the best opportunity I have seen us create for six months. If you can’t even get a shot in on target you are not fit to play in the Primera Liga for Valencia.”

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The 22-cap Belgium international’s return of just one goal in 15 league games is certainly disappointing, especially as he was so impressive during a loan spell with Borussia Dortmund in the second half of last season. 

The striker will now return to Stamford Bridge before, in all likelihood, being moved on again during this January transfer window. Everton ought to act fast to capitalise on this situation and bring the struggling striker to Goodison Park.

Must act fast

Batshuayi has shown in previous spells with Borussia Dortmund, Marseille and Standard Liege that he can be a truly prolific striker. He’s also shown before that he can rise to the big occasions, as his Premier League title-winning goal for Chelsea against West Brom in 2017 proves.

What’s more, Batshuayi would be a great fit for the Toffees. His pace, strength and work rate could see him quickly become a key figure in Marco Silva’s squad. His happy-go-lucky and entertaining social media presence ought to also endear him to the Everton fanbase.

However, Everton must be quick to seal his signature. If they hesitate, the Merseyside club could soon find themselves outbid by West Ham, should the Hammers lose star man Marko Arnautovic this month.