Crystal Palace, sitting in 14th place in the Premier League, have brought Belgium and Chelsea striker Michy Batshuay to the club on loan.
Michy Batshuayi has joined Crystal Palace on a loan deal that will last until the end of the season where he will return to parent club Chelsea.
This is a brilliant bit of business from the Eagles, especially when fans didn’t know if the deal sheet had been completed before the 11pm deadline on the final day of the transfer window.
Palace have been struck by a number of injury problems and this has deprived them of their most potent marksmen. Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham have just returned from injury and Jordan Ayew has been relied upon to supply the final product.
Batshuayi is a huge improvement to the frontline and he should solve the Eagles’ goalscoring problems of late. He will be crucial for Palace and I’ll be looking at how much the Belgian international can help the Eagles until the end of the season.
Lack of goals from strikers
Midfielder and penalty specialist Luka Milivojevic (7) is Palace’s leading goal scorer followed closely by Andros Townsend (4) and Wilfried Zaha (4). Wheras, Ayew has found the net just once in the Premier League this season.
This is an alarming statistic for Palace and bringing in Batshuayi should solve this issue if they play with the same fast counter-attacking play that earnt the South Londoners some crucial wins over Christmas.
Palace’s midfielders seem to be scoring most of the team’s goals this season and Batshuayi may have to hit the ground running quickly if they are to have a striker leading the goal scoring charts by the end of the season.
Batshuayi’s goalscoring record
The guy certainly knows where the back of the net is and this will be key for Palace in the upcoming months. He’ll be ready to overturn his poor spell at Valencia where he only played five times and scored once.
His most impressive spell has got to be when he was at Dortmund. Seven goals in ten games in the Bundesliga and two goals in four games in the UEFA Europa League is a decent return for any striker. He’ll be hoping that his Dortmund form can be carried onto the pitch at Selhurst Park take the pressure off of the likes of Townsend, Milivojevic and Zaha.
The Belgian international has always been best when crosses are whipped in from the byline. This is something that Townsend and Zaha will need to take full advantage of which they didn’t do with the likes of Benteke and Alexander Sorloth.
If service from the wingers is decent and consistent, then Batshuayi is sure to thrive on these opportunities and give Palace that cutting edge in the final third.
I personally believe that Batshuayi will get a lot of goals for Palace. Townsend and Zaha always create a lot of opportunities for Palace but they didn’t have someone to put them away before they added the 25-year-old.
He will also provide healthy competition for the likes of Benteke and Ayew which could make them step up their game and push even harder for a spot in the team.
With Max Meyer’s clever passes, Batshuayi will be able to get behind the defence a lot and with his finishing, Palace should get a lot more goals now.
All the Palace fans that waited well past 11 pm on deadline day will be pleased with this signing and the goal-hungry striker is sure to be full of confidence when the Palace faithful cheer him on his debut.
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