The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern had big expectations for Michy Batshuayi following his loan move to Borussia Dortmund, but not even they could have predicted the impact that he eventually made.
Prior to a likely-season ending injury, the Belgian – who is rated at £36 million by Transfer Markt – had bagged 7 league goals in just 9 league starts, which is a testament to how well he adapted to life over in Germany.
Reports from the Evening Standard indicating that he could be sold, then, have generated a lot of concern in the Transfer Tavern. According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea could be willing to cash in on him if their £50 million+ valuation is met.
Certainly, that’s a lot of money, especially for a player that has struggled in England, but our landlord is convinced that if a sale occurs, it could prove to be Chelsea’s biggest mistake in years.
As previously mentioned, Chelsea shouldn’t look at his record in England when making a decision – they must instead look towards his time in Germany. It’s hard to impress at a top club at any rate, but it’s even more difficult when your manager doesn’t rate you and you aren’t given ample game time. Batshuayi was limited to bit-part roles at Stamford Bridge, and so he had little chance to impress. At Dortmund, though, he has shown what he can do when given a real opportunity, and if Chelsea offer him the same treatment, there is nothing to suggest that he wouldn’t do the same.
You also must give him credit for the way that he has reacted to adversity. The Belgian’s career could have taken a downward path following a few poor years at Chelsea, but he’s gotten up and brushed himself off and rebuilt his name – and that’s a testament to his strength of will and desire.
Let’s not forget, too, that Chelsea need attacking quality. Alvaro Morata is struggling, and Olivier Giroud is yet to prove himself long-term at Stamford Bridge. Batsuayi, then, could have a big role in the team if he returns.
It would, without a doubt, be a huge mistake to let Batshuayi go right now.
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