Chelsea’s immediate future is shrouded in more mystery than usual. There’s uncertainty at the head coaching position despite a top four finish (not to mention possible Europa League crown). There’s uncertainty with Eden Hazard and with Callum Hudson-Odoi. The transfer ban appeal remains unresolved. And that’s before we get into any front office issues or the team’s stadium situation.
One of the less major moving parts is Michy Batshuayi’s future, which may or may not tie into the transfer ban situation. There’s been little noise about Chelsea actually wanting the 25-year-old back (with or without the ban), but he’s very much wanted elsewhere, like Crystal Palace where he spent the second half of last season.
Michy himself is in the dark regarding his own future.
“No [I have not spoken to Chelsea about my future]. I will go back to Chelsea to decide but at the moment I do not know more.”
“Of course [I have enjoyed my loan]. I am very happy because I had never scored here at this stadium [Selhurst Park]. It was my first goals at Crystal Palace’s stadium. Of course, I am very happy to have come here, it has been a good experience.”
-Michy Batshuayi; source: Goal
Of the three center forwards Chelsea have brought to Boston for tonight’s Final Whistle of Hate, only 20-year-old Ike Ugbo is signed for next season, and he’s unlikely to be part of the first-team. We’re supposedly set to exercise the club-option for a one-year extension on Giroud, and Sarri seemingly wants the club to extend Higuain as well (on loan or via transfer), but surely we can do better than that regardless of the transfer ban appeal’s outcome.
Could Batshuayi be part of that better? Possibly not ... but the night is always darkest before the dawn, rights, Batsman? Or are we doing Avengers references only now?