What an end to the Premier League season it was at Selhurst Park, with Crystal Palace and Bournemouth playing out an eight-goal thriller.
And having watched Michy Batshuayi grab a brace on the day, Roy Hodgson may have left the game wondering where his side could have been if he had the 25-year-old from the beginning of the campaign.
What’s done is done, however, and the Crystal Palace boss will now be looking to make sure he has Batshuayi for the start of next term.
“If Michy Batshuayi was going to be available, either on loan or buy him, I would be very happy with that,” Hodgson told the Evening Standard.
With that in mind, here are two potential consequences that could follow if Batshuayi remains at Selhurst Park.
Wilfried Zaha Stays
Wilfried Zaha continues to be linked with a move away from Crystal Palace after another impressive season in south London (The Telegraph).
However, signing a player of Batshuayi’s calibre could be enough to convince the 26-year-old to stay for at least another year.
The permanent addition of the Belgian striker, among a couple of other quality signings, is the sort of ambition Zaha needs to see if he is to reject the advances of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Productive Transfer Window
Based on his words, Batshuayi is clearly the centre-forward Hodgson wants this summer.
Having identified the man he wants to permanently solve his No.9 dilemma early, if the Eagles can land the Belgium international, then they can quickly turn their attention elsewhere and have a productive transfer window.
The last thing Hodgson will want is to be chasing a new striker all summer when other areas in the team also need strengthening.
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