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Wolves: Pete O’Rourke delivers verdict on Michy Batshuayi links

Wolverhampton Wanderers are believed to be eyeing a move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, with the Belgium international seemingly surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

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Recent reports have suggested that the Midlands club are eyeing a loan swoop for the 28-year-old this summer, with Premier League rivals Everton also believed to be in the picture for the 6 foot 1 menace.

The former Marseille man – who has just a year left on his current deal in west London – appears set for a departure from his current club, having not been handed a shirt number for the new season by manager Thomas Tuchel, with that possibly opening the door for the Old Gold to pounce.

Journalist Pete O’Rourke has now given his verdict on that potential deal for Bruno Lage’s side, with the transfer insider stating that it could prove an astute move, particularly with Raul Jimenez currently sidelined with injury.

In an interview with Football FanCast, he stated: “Even before Jimenez’s injury they were quite short up front as well. Batshuayi’s obviously got Premier League experience from his time at Chelsea and on loan at Crystal Palace, so it could be a good deal for Wolves”.

Jimenez replacement

As O’Rourke referenced, the aforementioned Jimenez is facing multiple weeks on the sidelines after injuring both his groin and his knee in a pre-season clash earlier this summer, leaving Lage and co desperately short of centre-forward depth.

Even prior to the 31-year-old’s absence, a new striker had appeared a necessity following the Mexico international’s struggles in front of goal last term, as he scored just six league goals in total.

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As a whole, the Molineux outfit scored just 38 goals in the Premier League during the 2021/22 season – the fourth worst record in the division – with the top scorers in all competitions being Jimenez and Daniel Podence with just six goals each.

Further firepower is no doubt a necessity before the September 1st deadline, with Batshuayi potentially the man to fill that attacking void, having proven to be a “prolific” presence – in the words of journalist Alex Wood – throughout his career.

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The £9m-rated gem netted 44 goals in 120 games during his time at his first club Standard Liege, following that up with a haul of 33 goals in 78 games at Marseille prior to his move to England in 2016.

While he has spent much of the last six years out on loan, the £90k-per-week hotshot still boasts a respectable goal tally of 25 goals in 77 games for the Blues at a rate of almost one every three matches.

The 2021/22 campaign saw the former Crystal Palace loanee impress during his season-long loan stint at Turkish giants Besiktas, scoring 14 goals and registering five assists in 42 games for the Super Lig side.

With 25 goals in 45 caps at international level, the Brussels native clearly offers a potent threat in front of goal, with Lage unlikely to find many better replacements for the stricken Jimenez, particularly on the cheap.

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