In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Chelsea recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Blues chase Anderlecht’s Doku
Chelsea are thought to be interested in signing Anderlecht teenager Jeremy Doku.
The 17-year-old, who can play on either wing as well as in attacking midfield, has made eight appearances so far this season for Anderlecht’s first team – and has caught the eye of Chelsea and Arsenal, according to CalcioMercato (via The Sun).
That certainly boosts the chances of Frank Lampard potentially fitting him into his plans at Chelsea, though his lack of return in front of goal (with Doku yet to score so far this season) may suggest he is still very much a raw talent.
Though whether or not a gamble on his potential is one worth taking, it may still be the case that Chelsea’s transfer ban would be of a higher priority before any approach was considered.
Eagles seeking Batshuayi return
Crystal Palace are being linked with an approach to sign Michy Batshuayi on a permanent deal in January.
According to the Daily Mail, the Belgian striker – who spent the latter half of last season at Selhurst Park – is being lined up for a return to South London by Roy Hodgson with Batshuayi a prime target for the Eagles.
Batshuayi has made just one start for Chelsea since returning from his loan spell in the summer.
It seems Batshuayi has two choices: either stay and fight for his place at Chelsea, or rekindle his Premier League career at his former loan club.
Given the Belgian looks to be ahead of Olivier Giroud in the pecking order at Chelsea – judging by his presence on the bench this season – there certainly seems to be a path for Batshuayi to force his way into the starting lineup on a more long-term basis.
And after scoring at Southampton on the weekend, Batshuayi looks a player with the right attitude after taking his chance by netting during his six-minute stint to follow his recent brace in the Carabao Cup trouncing of Grimsby Town.
Pulisic not fazed by hefty price tag
Recent Chelsea arrival Christian Pulisic has suggested he is not affected by the £58m price tag that brought him to Stamford Bridge after a quiet start to life in the Premier League.
According to Goal, Pulisic has insisted that the size of the fee Chelsea paid Borussia Dortmund in January ‘doesn’t mean anything’ to him, while he admitted he is still adapting following his move from the Bundesliga.
It may be difficult to remember that Pulisic is still just 21 years of age, given how long he has been involved in top-flight and international football so far.
Though in the American’s defence, a return of four assists in his first seven appearances in Chelsea colours is hardly a terrible start considering the limited minutes he has been afforded by Frank Lampard since the start of the season.
And with plenty in contention for starting spots at Chelsea, there are still reasons to suggest his Blues career has got off to a promising start.
Chelsea fans, are you happy with Pusilic’s start for the club? And should Batshuayi be given more opportunities? Join the discussion by commenting below!
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