Michy Batshuayi showcased huge potential to develop into one of the top strikers in European football when he broke onto the scene at Marseille under now Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa, but he could be handed an opportunity to kick-start his career at Everton on transfer deadline day.
According to a recent report from the London Evening Standard, Chelsea have slapped a £35 million asking price on the head of Michy Batshuayi amid deadline day interest from Everton and West Ham.
The report claims that Batshuayi would prefer a permanent move to Goodison rather than a loan deal to West Ham, and if the Toffees are able to conclude a dramatic switch before the 11PM deadline there is no question it could transform the club’s fortunes.
After impressing in the Jupiler Pro League with Standard Liege, Batshuayi, 20-years-old at the time, was signed by Marseille in July 2014, the same summer in which Bielsa was appointed to manage the club.
Batshuayi initially struggled to live up to the hype of his arrival and Bielsa appeared reluctant to select him during the early stages of his career in France, and it wasn’t until late in December that the Argentine trusted him to complete a full 90 minutes of football in Ligue 1.
But Batshuayi plugged away and proved his prowess as the season developed, finishing the campaign with nine goals from 26 league appearances – just six of which were made from the outset.
Batshuayi eventually earned a move to Chelsea following an electric second season in France in which he scored 17 times and provided nine assists from 36 appearances, showcasing his clinical instinct and ability to link the play in the process.
Chelsea, though, have managed to stick to their tradition of wasting talented centre-forwards and the Belgium international has underachieved since moving to English football. An excellent loan spell at Dortmund last season represented a true indicator of his potential to thrive within the right environment, but his next spell in Valencia has been incredibly underwhelming.
Despite his struggle in Spain, there has been enough evidence throughout his career since he blossomed under Bielsa’s watchful eye to suggest that he could transform Silva’s attack.
The likes of Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are a class below what the Toffees need to step up to the next level, but Batshuayi has the pedigree to become a star on Merseyside.
On paper, at least, Batshuayi is perfect for the Premier League: he is a creative outlet, a natural goal scorer, capable of playing as a lone striker or in a pair, physically powerful and blessed with experience in a handful of Europe’s top leagues.
Everton’s failure to find the right formula in attack would be solved with a deadline day deal for Batshuayi, so the Toffees faithful should be hoping Marcel Brands can reach an agreement in the final hours of the window.
Everton fans – thoughts? Let us know below!Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience