Three Likely Destinations For Out-Of-Favour Chelsea Striker Michy Batshuayi To Consider
Out-of-favour Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi could be looking at a chance for redemption if he leaves the London club in January. If latest reports are to be believed, he could leave either on a loan or on a permanent basis, in search of more playing time. For the entirety of the previous season, he was iced out of the squad because of Diego Costa. He did make cameo appearances every now and then but that is hardly enough for a player like him since he can develop his trade further only by playing often.
This season, it is Alvaro Morata who has restricted his appearances and although Antonio Conte makes use of him in certain matches, Batshuayi deserves so much more. Hence, with a move looking likely, here are 3 destinations the Belgian could consider if he were to leave the Blues come 2018.
Rafa Benitez was interested in him during the summer but that did not happen since Batshuayi wanted to fight for a place in Conte’s lineup. However, as days progress, the chances of that happening seem rather unlikely and it will be in the player’s best interests to leave the club. As far as the Magpies are concerned, they started the season on a strong note but their form has dwindled lately due to a lack of goal-scoring players up front. The likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Joselu have not done much to live up to their billing and a player like Batshuayi could prove to be a massive upgrade on the duo.
West Ham United
The Hammers endured a dismal start to the season and a slew of disappointing performances saw Slaven Bilic get sacked. With David Moyes at the helm of things, however, they do look stronger but they could use a talent like Batshuayi. Marko Arnautovic scored the lone goal as West Ham beat Chelsea and the likes of Javier Hernandez and Diafra Sakho have not really unleashed their true potential yet. Surviving in the Premier League should be of utmost priority to Moyes, hence making Batshuayi a viable option.
Stoke are in dire need of a goal-scoring machine up front. They are currently occupying the 15th spot and have been immensely short of goals, which eventually cost them a lot of points this season. Peter Crouch and Mame Biram Diouf have failed to make an impact and none of the other strikers have truly made an impression so far. In fact, ever since Wilfried Bony left to join Swansea City, they have been short on goals and a player like Batshuayi could truly revamp their attack force.