In Focus: West Ham could give Michy Batshuayi the regular football he needs

According to the reliable @ExWHUemployee on the latest episode of the West Ham Way radio show, if West Ham United striker Andy Carroll was to become a target for Premier League rivals Chelsea this month, the Irons would look to sign Michy Batshuayi as part of any deal.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun reported earlier this month that the 28-year-old centre-forward is on Blues boss Antonio Conte’s shortlist of attackers that he is keen to bring to Stamford Bridge this month, although @ExWHUemployee said on Episode 70 of the West Ham Way radio show that there has been no bid from the Premier League holders as of yet.

The reliable Hammers informant says that David Moyes would look to get Batshuayi as part of any deal that saw the former Liverpool and Newcastle man move across the capital though, with the Belgian pretty much out of favour under Conte ever since he signed for the club in the summer of 2016.

How has Batshuayi done this season?

The Belgium international may have thought that he was going to be given more first-team opportunities this season following the sale of Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid during the summer, but it hasn’t proven to be the case.

Alvaro Morata arrived as first-choice striker with Batshuayi often relying on making an impact from the substitutes’ bench – something he has done with seven goals in 20 first-team appearances in all competitions.

Despite the 24-year-old averaging a goal every 132 minutes in the Premier League and every 61 minutes in the Champions League, he still wasn’t chosen to start by Conte when Morata was absent last month, with Eden Hazard instead picked in a false nine role in the clearest sign yet that he has no long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

Would he be a good signing for West Ham?

He certainly could be, yes.

While Batshuayi has failed to impress Conte, he has still scored 16 goals in 48 games for Chelsea – not bad seeing as the majority of those came as a substitute.

With 33 goals in 78 matches for Marseille previously, the Belgian striker has shown that he can score goals if he is given a consistent run in a team, and that could well be the case if he joined the Irons.