As per the club’s official website, Premier League outfit Crystal Palace sealed a Deadline Day deal for striker Michy Batshuayi. The 25-year-old had been playing his football in Spain with La Liga outfit Valencia in the first half of the season on loan from Premier League heavyweights Chelsea, yet struggles for form at the Mestalla plunged into doubt whether he’d remain there heading into the second phase of the campaign.
Yet it’s Roy Hodgson’s Palace who have officially sealed a deal for the striker to move to Selhurst Park until the summer, what with the Eagles clearly in need of a forward of his calibre to go some way to solving their woes in the final third.
Yet the addition of the Belgium international could also prompt Andros Townsend, valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt, to be even better as the season wears on.
Ultimately, while Batshuayi struggled to just one La Liga goal in his short time at Valencia earlier this season, his overall career goal-record has been pretty impressive to underline just what a coup Palace have pulled off in signing him.
The 25-year-old netted 33 goals in only 78 appearances for Ligue 1 outfit Marseille between 2014 and 2016 to thus earn a move to Chelsea, and while he has found first team starts hard to come by in West London, he has still managed 19 goals in 53 games for the Blues.
Add in his impressive tally of nine goals in only 14 appearances for Borussia Dortmund last season, all of which coming in victories for the Bundesliga outfit, and the pedigree Batshuayi has in the final third of the field is without question – his time at Valencia looks to be nothing more than a slight blip.
Significantly, his arrival at Palace will finally give someone like Townsend, who has already embarked on an impressive season to date, a striker to aim at from out wide, knowing that Batshuayi will be busy making the runs and getting into the positions from which to score – that can only be good news for the Englishman as he seeks to add even more contributions to his name.
The 27-year-old has been a bright spark for Palace already this season with four goals and three assists in 24 Premier League games for Hodgson’s side, a goal and an assist of which have come in their last two matches to suggest that he is playing well and in form.
Yes, everyone is well aware of Townsend’s ability to take defenders on and get crosses into the box, alongside his remarkable long-range shooting capabilities, but there is an even greater emphasis on perfection when there are fewer men to aim at in the box – that has often been the case for Palace this season.
In fact, Hodgson has utilised Townsend himself in a more advanced central role this season to underline just how unconvinced he has been by his other striking options – and while he has scored while playing up top, the 27-year-old does appear more dangerous from the wide positions.
And that is where he is likely to flourish now Batshuayi is at Selhurst Park, as the latter is sure to be busy in the penalty area creating space for himself and getting into position to latch onto crosses and through balls – put the ball in the right areas, and the Belgian ace will invariably produce the goods.
As such, not only is Batshuayi’s arrival seemingly good news for Palace, but it could prompt England international Townsend to be even better for the Eagles, thus possibly combining to move Hodgson’s men away from Premier League danger.
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