Will Chelsea regret loaning out Michy Batshuayi?
An interesting statistic came up on social media over the weekend. After Michy Batshuayi’s two-goal haul in the Bundesliga game against Eintracht Frankfurt, it was discovered that he has now scored the more goals combined than the trio of Willian, Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud since he made the move to the Signal Iduna Park. It has left a majority of Chelsea fans scratching their heads as to why he was loaned out in the first place.
The Blues are crying out for a striker of his ability: a striker that can score goals from all sorts of angles. His first strike showed the knack of a very intelligent player, calmly stroking the ball past the outstretched arms of the opposition shot-stopper following a one-two with Christian Pulisic. Chelsea’s supposed number one striker, Alvaro Morata hasn’t scored a goal in almost three months, and it beggars belief as to why the young Belgian striker was not trusted enough by Antonio Conte to start and feature in more games.
Chelsea are struggling to score goals, with Conte at times being forced to play Eden Hazard as a false nine. Batshuayi is thriving in Germany, and there is now talk that if Chelsea does not guarantee him regular playing time next season, then he could be looking for a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge. Despite signing the former Olympique de Marseille man in the summer of 2016, Conte has used the player sparingly despite him scoring when he has been called upon.
Batshuayi made the decision to leave Chelsea in a bid to play regularly ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Chelsea has struggled to score goals, as the goals have dried up for Morata. The former Real Madrid man was a big-money signing at the beginning of the campaign, but after a decent start, he has not scored since Boxing Day of 2017. New signing, Giroud has looked good, combining well with the likes of Hazard and Willian, but the goals have not come in despite his impressive performances.
Batshuayi is making a mockery of Chelsea’s decision to send him out on loan, and his Dortmund teammates have urged the club to sign him on a permanent move. Batshuayi is a very good character to have in the dressing room, but it seems that there is no way for him as long as Conte is the manager. However, the Italian gaffer is expected to leave his position at the end of the campaign after falling out with the club’s hierarchy.
Under a new manager, Batshuayi may find joy again. Before leaving Chelsea in January, he had registered 12 goals in all competitions and he still follows the club ardently, as his social media posts suggest.
The fans love him, and it would be a shame to lose him at this stage. He adores Didier Drogba, the Chelsea legend and wants to emulate the Ivorian who reigned supreme at Chelsea.
The likes of Mohamed Salah, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne are examples of Chelsea’s lack of patience that has come back to haunt them. Batshuayi should not be the next.