Wow. Michy Batshuayi has really managed to turn this season around, and the 25-year-old has Crystal Palace to thank.
After being deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea by Maurizio Sarri, Batshuayi left Stamford Bridge for Valencia last summer in a season-long loan deal.
However, after making just four starts in La Liga, the Belgian’s loan was quickly cut short before he eventually ended up at Crystal Palace.
There, Batshuayi has shown Sarri that he could be the answer to the No.9 dilemma the Italian is currently facing.
To some Chelsea supporters, though, that will come as no surprise. More often than not, when actually given an opportunity in a blue shirt, Batshuayi was able to come up with the goods.
Who could, of course, forget about the former Marseille man’s winning goal against West Brom that won Chelsea the 2016/17 Premier League title?
It was a match that ultimately epitomised Batshuayi’s game and his time in west London.
A peripheral figure under Antonio Conte, Batshuayi entered the fray at the Hawthorns in the second half and really struggled to connect with the team.
His link-up play has never been his strongest attribute, and it was evident on that night.
However, what he lacks there, he makes up with his movement and ability to simply find the back of the net.
As soon as he steps into the box, with his predatory instincts, he comes alive. And that is just what Chelsea need right now.
Convinced that he can still get the best out of Gonzalo Higuain, Sarri will likely try to keep hold of him, with Goal reporting that Chelsea can still sign the Argentine despite their transfer embargo.
But if not and the west London club are unable to bring in a new No.9 in the summer, then Batshuayi really is a player Sarri should be considering.
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