Everton could regret the opportunity of not signing Michy Batshuayi after the striker completed a loan move to Crystal Palace on Thursday evening, shortly before the transfer market closed.
Batshuayi, who is still under contract at Chelsea, will be playing his football at Selhurst Park for the remainder of the season after being on loan at La Liga side Valencia.
The 25-year-old had been on the radar of some of the Premier League clubs and Everton were believed (as per the Guardian) to be one of those clubs interested in his services.
Instead, the Toffees let the chance go by of adding him to their squad and it could prove costly if Marco Silva’s men continue with the inconsistent form they’ve been showing this season.
Everton have long been in need of a proper centre-forward after Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin failed to make the position theirs.
That led to the Everton boss to playing Richarlison up-front for the majority of the season so far and although the Brazilian has had relative success at times this campaign, the team would’ve been better off with a player like Batshuayi to lead the attack.
The Merseyside club will now have to continue with the players they’ve got but that could mean more trouble for Silva, who has been struggling to find his best attacking combinations.
His biggest struggle has been on the right-wing, where Richarlison started the season for Everton, but ever since moving to striker, Silva has made use of Theo Walcott and Ademola Lookman on the right-flank.
It has, however, been difficult for Walcott and Lookman to perform well in that position and has added to the pressure on Richarlison to make something happen for the team.
Batshuayi would’ve been the perfect fit for Silva’s team that would’ve seen Richarlison revert back to right-wing, while Bernard operates on the left.
Unless Everton turn their season around, one can expect a few more inconsistent performances from them, which could cost them a spot in the Europa League next season.
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