According to a recent report from Sky Sports, Michy Batshuayi’s future is far from certain heading into the remainder of the January transfer window. The Belgium international currently plays his football at Spanish outfit Valencia on loan from Premier League giants Chelsea, but struggles for form in La Liga has called into question the possibility that the striker may return to Stamford Bridge early.
And that’s because reports suggest that Valencia are in discussions with the Blues about cutting short the 25-year-old’s time at the Mestalla, which is news that should be of great interest to Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl as he eyes the signings that might pull his team clear of the Premier League’s bottom three.
Ultimately, 2019 looks set to follow a similar pattern to 2018 for the South Coast outfit given they are languishing in 18th place in the Premier League table after 21 matches, this all after stumbling to a 17th place finish in the top-flight last time round under Mark Hughes.
And part of their problem in the last 18 months or so has been their lack of goals, with the Saints netting on just 37 occasions in the top tier last time round, and mustering only 21 goals so far this term under a combination of Hughes and new boss Hasenhuttl.
However, the fact that Southampton are sat eighth in the chances created table so far this season (as per Squawka) underlines that it is just a case of putting the ball in the back of the net – the creativity appears to be there, but not the conviction in and around the penalty area.
And that is why a move for Chelsea’s Batshuayi, valued at £27 million by Transfermarkt, makes complete sense this month, as he possesses the sort of predatory instincts needed to help the Saints pull clear of Premier League danger.
The 25-year-old may not have enjoyed a fine stint at Valencia this term with only three goals to his name in all competitions, but the striker possesses an unbelievable goal-scoring record for Chelsea to suggest that he has what it takes to succeed in English football.
The Belgium international, capped 23 times by his country over the years, has netted 19 goals in just 52 appearances for the Blues following his move from Marseille back in 2016, which given most of those appearances came from the bench, means that he is averaging a goal every 93 minutes of action for the West Londoners.
That is a staggering record and underlines the influence Batshuayi invariably has when he is on the field – he may not have featured too regularly for the Blues over the years, but when he does, he more often than not produces the goods in front of goal.
And with goals at Marseille and Borussia Dortmund in years gone by, the Belgian ace would surely be a huge asset to Hasenhuttl and his side in their bid to beat the drop – ultimately, he is that clinical striker they need to turn their chances into goals.
As such, with Batshuayi seemingly on his way back to Chelsea, Southampton must be ready to make a move for the 25-year-old – a move which will go some way to helping them pull clear of Premier League danger.
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