Belgium international Michy Batshuayi put on a stellar performance versus Newcastle United in Chelsea’s fourth round FA Cup tie.
Having been eliminated from the Carabao Cup due to some strikingly unfortunate deflections in their London derby clash with Arsenal, the Blues were desperate to keep their hopes of winning some silverware alive.
They currently trail leaders Manchester City by 15 points as the Citizens continue to look like potentially the greatest side to ever play in the Premier League. The pensioners are also set to face off against Barcelona in what promises to be a cracking match. Despite this, the FA cup is undoubtedly the London club’s best chance of clinching some silverware this season.
Striker Batshuayi has come under a lot of unfair criticism during his 18-month spell in west London. He played second fiddle to the outstanding Diego Costa last season and has now been faced with the challenge of Alvaro Morata.
Due to manager Antonio Conte clearly not favouring the £34 million signing, he has not been granted the chance to build up some momentum by playing more regularly.
With January comes silly season AKA the transfer window. Despite his ability to score vital goals at critical moments, the 24-year-old has been linked with an move away from the Bridge. Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch were astonishingly linked with moves to the league’s third-placed team. Carroll was ruled out due to injury and 36-year-old Crouch was correctly taken out of contention.
Roma’s Edin Dzeko has been in scintillating form throughout the Serie A campaign and scored twice against Chelsea when Roma came from 2-0 down to draw 3-3 in October last year. The former Manchester City striker never quite made it in England due to the remarkable consistency of Sergio Aguero.
However, at the age of 31, reports indicate that there are issues with regards the time span of a potential deal. And with the Bosnian cup-tied in the Champions league, is he really worth signing?
Batshuayi has been linked with a loan move to Sevilla in recent weeks. Should Chelsea successfully incorporate another goalscorer into the squad, one would imagine Batshuayi will force a move away. The former Marseille talisman will be desperate to impress ahead of the World Cup in Russia. Belgium have been tipped as potential champions considering the array of talent at the disposal of Roberto Martinez and his assistant, Thierry Henry.
Batshuayi would be heart-broken to miss out at the possibility of clinching Belgium’s first World Cup title. He has already shown at Chelsea that he has the capability to score important goals, something the Red Devils will need to be doing a lot of in the summer.
With recent injuries to Cesc Fabregas, Willian and Morata, surely letting the former Standard Liege player go would be an error of judgement. The club already allowed Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah and Romelu Lukaku depart. Each are now plying their trade at Chelsea’s rivals, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Batshuayi has the potential to cut it in the league. Didier Drogba was also recruited from Marseille and took quite a while to really become the club’s most prolific frontman. If given a fair run of games, ‘Batsman’ could save the club a lot of money on a potential Dzeko signing and may well be able to score more crucial goals.
Let’s hope the side’s greatest ever Twitter user is given a fair chance in the Premier League.