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Michy Batshuayi: What lies ahead for Chelsea striker?

Michy Batshuayi has become a journeyman during his stay at Chelsea. The Belgian international is consistently loaned out to various clubs, most of the spells being unsuccessful. Since Michy’s first loan, Chelsea has been looking to recuperate £33m they paid to Marseille in 2016, but the Blues are unable to attract clubs attention. It’s up to Michy. If he wants more playing time, to be proactive and look for that move away. But it’s also up to other clubs: are they willing to pay a lot of money for the striker who has barely featured in four years?

The Journey

Michy Batshuayi started his professional career in Standard Liege, but really rose to fame after impressing with Olympique de Marseille. This is where he began to appear on top clubs’ radar and subsequently earned a move to Chelsea, where he was unable to earn his place in starting line-up.

From 2018, Batshuayi was loaned to Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace. The first two loans a remarkable success but the latter was where he struggled. Premier League struggles perhaps? Finally, he’s back at Chelsea where he plays mainly from the bench. Frank Lampard pointed out a couple of times that Batshuayi is indeed in his plans, but it’s hard to believe. From December to today, he played only 70 minutes from a possible 720 in Premier League. Not enough.

Michy Batshuayi had a good time at Borussia Dortmund.

Despite unsuccessful seasons, Batshuayi is still wanted by many clubs in England, due to his ability physical and technical abilities. Recently, Everton were in talks, but the Blues were demanding more than they had paid to sign him from Marseille.

Tammy Abraham’s electrical start of his Premier League career is awe-inspiring. He already has 13 goals in the Premier League and managed to add two goals in Champions League. The 22-year-old has already proved his worth at Chelsea and consequently has become unchangeable part of the team. It’s clear that Lampard wants to build a side on academy graduates. So with Abraham, Mount and Tomori, it is expected that the future for the likes of Michy Batshuayi may be elsewhere.

Additionally, with their transfer ban lifted, Chelsea have the possibility to strengthen the squad, but they are going to refrain from adding another striker during the January transfer window. After Giroud’s possible move away, Batshuayi will reportedly remain as Chelsea’s second striker. He will be back-up to Tammy remainder of the season.

Where Next?

Batshuayi’s future is not at Chelsea. He should find a club where he can fully demonstrate his potential. As Chelsea give out feelers for potentially another striker, it looks as if Michy will stay till the summer, where he’ll eventually be allowed an escape. Being Chelsea’s first-choice striker is a bridge too far for Batshuayi; after all these seasons spend as a loanee, he needs stability and there are teams in the Premier League who can give him much needed place in the starting line-up. Chelsea’s priority seems to be to sell Batshuayi on for a fee greater than what they brought him in for four years ago. Whether this can happen in January, only time will tell…

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