According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, Michy Batshuayi’s future is far from certain heading into the rest of the January transfer window. The Belgium international currently plays his football at La Liga outfit Valencia on loan from Premier League giants Chelsea, although struggles for form at the Mestalla this term has plunged his short-term future at the Spanish club into doubt.
And that’s because reports suggest that Valencia are considering cutting short his loan spell this month, which is news that should be of interest to West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, who is reportedly keen on the striker, as the door could well be open for the Chilean to land the signing that could help take his team to the next level.
Ultimately, while Marko Arnautovice has invariably done a fine job in leading the line for the Hammers in the last 12 months or so, the other striking options at the London Stadium leave quite a lot to be desired.
Andy Carroll’s injury problems have been well-documented over the years, and with his contract up in the summer, one would expect the Englishman to leave the East London outfit, while Lucas Perez has struggled to make much of an impact following his move from Arsenal during the summer, netting just twice in the Premier League for the Hammers.
Add in uncertainty surrounding Javier Hernandez’s future, and it seems pretty clear that Pellegrini will need to bolster his striking ranks during January if he is to lead West Ham towards the European places this term – Batshuayi’s arrival would surely aid in that quest.
Yes, the 25-year-old has struggled for form in Spain this season in bagging on just three occasions in all competitions for Valencia, but one mustn’t forget his quite remarkable goal-scoring record for Chelsea since moving to Stamford Bridge back in the summer of 2016.
The Belgian ace may have found regular starts hard to come by during his time in West London, but he has still managed a staggering 19 goals in just 53 appearances for the Blues, equating to a goal every 93 minutes of action.
Quite simply, that is a sensational return and underlines the impact Batshuayi invariably has when on the field – he may have started often for Chelsea, but he often contributed when he did get on the field.
And with bags of goals at Marseille and Borussia Dortmund in recent years, there is clearly a hugely accomplished striker in Batshuayi just waiting to be unleashed in English football – Pellegrini may be able to do just that at West Ham.
And with the plethora of attacking options at the Chilean’s disposal in the likes of Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson, and Manuel Lanzini, to name but a few, 25-year-old Batshuayi certainly won’t be short of goal-scoring opportunities – and a conversion rate like the one he has at Chelsea will see plenty of those chances hit the back of the net.
As such, with the Hammers very much looking up this term under Pellegrini, they just need those extra few quality additions to take them to the next level, and with Batshuayi seemingly without a future at Valencia, the door could be open for West Ham to make that telling signing by luring the Belgian to the London Stadium.
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