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Michy Batshuayi adds missing touch to elevate Crystal Palace’s promising attack

Michy Batshuayi adds missing touch to elevate Crystal Palace’s promising attack

A new hero has arrived to light up Selhurst Park. In a surprising deadline day move, Crystal Palace managed to snap up Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea. With Roy Hodgson surely frustrated by Christian Benteke’s lacklustre presence in front of goal, he’ll be relieved to see a mobile striker leading his line.

Batshuayi’s fellow compatriot has been quite disappointing in The Eagles attack, scuffing chances regularly and wasting the efforts of Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend. However, the opportunistic “Batman” can help fix that.

Batshuayi already made a great impression in his home debut for Palace and despite coming on for only eight minutes, made more an impact than Benteke.

The Belgian wiggled past multiple Fulham defenders, displaying impressive close control before his shot was parried away to Jeffrey Schlupp, who scored from close range. While technicality it doesn’t count as one, Batshuayi took that as an assist and why not?

He worked extremely hard for it and deserves all the applauds for it. With the kind of movement and hunger he displayed in the final third, he’s on course to become a fan-favourite. Batshuayi can not only deliver on the goal-scoring front but also create more opportunities for Zaha and Townsend, who’ve been forced to carry the creative burden all around.

An energetic presence in the Eagles attack, Batshuayi can get the best out of both of them and help Palace surge ahead in their quest for a top-half finish.

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