2 – Michy Batshuayi
The £33million Belgian international will have big pressure on his shoulders next season as he becomes the first major signing in Antonio Conte’s era at Chelsea.
The exciting star has burst into life in recent seasons after hitting consistent form for former club Marseille, going on to score 24 goals in Ligue 1 last season.
At the tender age of 22 Batshuayi is already a mature clinical presence. He is strong and fast, and he’s quick and deceptive with his feet. He will love the speed of the Premier League. One of his finest traits is his tenacity, his willingness to get up and close with his marker, lure him in and get around him. He has already developed into a very mature and instinctive finisher with fantastic movement in and around the penalty box.
Strength, positioning and link-up play are key strengths to Batshuayi’s game, which will work perfectly for Conte who will look to build a good relationship between Chelsea’s most dazzling starlets, Eden Hazard, Willian and Cesc Fabregas.
I can see Conte using both Diego Costa and Batshuyai in a 3-5-2 formation next season with both players showing their killer instinct in front of goal, although Costa had a poor season last term there is no doubts about his abilities, and the arrival of Batshuayi could push him on to a new level.
Players aren’t always expected to settle in England so quickly, some players need time to hit the heights which are required of them, but with Batshuayi, I feel he will settle fine, he plays with so much confidence and trusts his abilities. I expect him to have a prolific season, similar to how Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez performed in his first season with the Gunners.