Chelsea have enjoyed an extremely successful season but the tale has been different for a number of fringe players within the squad, who have struggled to make their mark.
The Blues spent £33m to bring young Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi in from Marseille last summer, after his tremendous 17-goal season in the league for the French side, but the 23-year-old has failed to make a lasting impression.
Batshuayi’s winning goal in the 1-0 victory over West Brom on Friday night sealed Premier League glory for Antonio Conte’s side but the Belgian continues to be linked with a summer exit- and letting the striker go would be a huge mistake.
£33m is a large sum of money to pay for any striker, let alone a young one, and players often struggle to settle in their first season in the Premier League- so Batshuayi cannot be judged too much for his early performances in West London.
The Belgian has often shown flashes of brilliance, like Friday night’s winning goal, and he can still be developed into a top-class striker if Chelsea put in the effort.
With Diego Costa also likely to leave this summer, replacing two strikers would be a difficult ask.
Romelu Lukaku has been linked with a return to Chelsea and he could be the perfect role-model for Batshuayi to learn from.
Chelsea also need a deeper squad next season as they balance their defence of the Premier League title with involvement in the Champions League, which should give Batshuayi more openings.
On top of that, Chelsea already have a concerning reputation due to their treatment of young players and casting out an expensive recruit just a year after he signed would increase the criticisms, and may lead them to struggle to sign quality young players in the future.
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