In a span of roughly a month, from late September to late October, Michy Batshuayi found the back of the net no fewer than five (5!) times across all competitions, including a late winner in Amsterdam as Chelsea took all three points against Ajax in a crucial Champions League group stage match.
It looked like that he had finally found his feet at Chelsea, three years after arriving for not exactly a small fee from Marseille. While he was still a backup, just as he had been up to that point, it looked like he could be at last regularly relied upon for more than just good social media content.
He would go on to score a goal of the season candidate in a losing effort against Manchester United in the League Cup at the end of the October and then ... he fell off the edge of the world. By the time the coronavirus had struck, he had been firmly relegated to the bottom of the pecking order, with the ageless Olivier Giroud taking advantage of that and Tammy Abraham’s injury to serve a reminder of his consistent qualities.
With just a year left on Batshuayi’s contract, the writing’s on the wall, and that’s what Kristof Terreur’s report confirms today as well.
The report claims, unsurprisingly, that Chelsea will be actively shopping Batshuayi in the next transfer window as he’s now “wasted his last chance” at Stamford Bridge and he has “no future” left here.
Understandably, we have apparently also resigned ourselves to taking a massive financial loss on Batshuayi, since no one’s going to come even close to the €40m plus €6.5m annnual wages that we committed to him. But at this point, you could argue that any transfer fee is a good transfer fee for the Batsman.
Terreur does mention that we could be looking at Mertens as a potential replacement, though as we already mentioned, the situation isn’t anywhere near as close as other recent reports have made it seem.
In any case, thanks for the fun and the memories, Michy. We’ll always have West Brom.