The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern were not overly fond of Michy Bathsuayi before he departed the club for Borussia Dortmund in January, but it seems his popularity has skyrocketed during his time in Germany.
Antonio Conte did a fantastic job of alienating Michy Batshuayi throughout the first half of the season by regularly opting to start Eden Hazard as a false-nine striker and leaving him to watch on from the sidelines. Clearly, those decisions served to sap Bathshayi’s confidence – a characteristic which is so fundamental to the success of a striker at any level of the game.
However, the Belgian international striker has rediscovered his confidence and goal-scoring form since joining the Bundesliga giants in January. In just 14 appearances for his new club Batshuayi has scored 9 goals and provided 1 assist, and his success has sparked rumours that Dortmund will attempt to sign him on a permanent deal this summer.
According to The London Evening Standard, Chelsea want more than £50 million for Batshuayi, which is hardly surprising considering his form in the Bundesliga. However, Antonio Conte and the Blues hierarchy should be impressed by what he has achieved in a short space of time in Germany, so they would be wise to give him a proper chance to shine in the Premier League once again next season.
If Chelsea want to raise funds to spend on new talent in the transfer market this summer, they should attempt to find a potential buyer for Tiemoue Bakayoko as the standard of his performances this season have fallen well below the level that is needed for the Blues to return to the top-four next season.
Bakayoko arrived at Stamford Bridge with high expectations after an impressive season at Monaco in which he played an instrumental role in their success in the Champions League, but thus far he has failed to emulate that form in English football.
In fairness to Bakayoko, he has often been scapegoated for the form of a Chelsea side who have generally been playing at a sub-standard level, but unfortunately the early signs strongly suggest that the French international is not well-suited to the style of football which characterises the Premier League.
If the club have a choice between selling Bakayoko or Batshuayi this summer, they should opt for the former due to the brilliance of Batshuayi throughout his loan spell at Dortmund.
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