We’ve been asking the fans who they think have been the best signings of the summer. This is your list and this, is your number 6.
In a market with little to no attacking talent available, Chelsea may just have found a gem in the young Michy Batshuayi. At £33million and considering his age, Michy could turn out to be a great coup from the London club, and the fans certainly agree.
Batshuayi has made an instant impact at Chelsea. When speaking to Ligue 1 experts before his arrival I got the impression that he was a player with immense potential, but as it the case with so many young players in Europe, he was currently a bit erratic, lost and yet to really find himself as a player. Although he hasn’t appeared too ‘lost’ during his time at Chelsea, I expect when the gloss of his move to London wears off, he’ll have to dig in and work hard again to improve. I think he can though, and I see no reason he cannot become an important part of Chelsea’s team.
With Cristian Benteke costing more than him and aged 25, if Batshuayi can realise his potential he’ll be great value at £33million. The football market has gone crazy recently, and aged 22, Batshuayi has about 10 years left in him. That’s not to say that he will be at Chelsea for 10 years, but if he doesn’t quite work out in the long term at Stamford Bridge, you’d expect them to easily be able to recoup most of what they paid for him.
There may have been a sense of panic when Chelsea signed Marcos Alonso and David Luiz in the final days of the transfer window. It had been widely reported that Conte had been chasing alternative targets in that position and although they had also been linked with the likes of Alvaro Morata in attack, the signing of Michy seemed more orchestrated and was tied up rather early in the window.
Batshuayi is unlikely to make a huge impact this season, but he’s not the main man at Chelsea, he will be the back up to Diego Costa at first and he certainly looks to be an improvement on last seasons attacking alternative, Loic Remy. Although playing in Ligue 1, a weaker environment, Batshuayi impressed statistically last season, scoring 0.52 goals per 90 mins. He also managed an impressive 1.2 take ons, 0.86 aerial duels and 0.55 key passes per 90, showing he is more than just a finisher.
He certainly has a lot still to learn but the Belgian international appears to have the right mindset to develop his potential in the right way. As an Arsenal fan I would’ve liked to see us do more to challenge Chelsea to the signing of him.
Diego Costa has always had injury problems and unlike previous seasons, Chelsea now have a striker that is capable of stepping up in the Spaniard’s absence. Batshuayi’s time in the spotlight will come and even if it is not this season, with the right management, he could flourish into a player worth a lot more than the £33million Chelsea paid for him.