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Opinion: Chelsea 'cult hero' Michy Batshuayi faces exit after Havertz signing

Lane Dias September 7, 2020
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On Friday, Kai Havertz completed his reported €80 million move (which could rise to €100 million in add-ons) from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea and that could spell bad news for Michy Batshuayi.

The German signed a five-year contract with The Blues and will certainly bolster Frank Lampard‘s attacking options for the upcoming season.

However, it could potentially signal the end of a somewhat Chelsea fan favourite, Michy Batshuayi.

Where is Michy Batshuayi in the pecking order?

Batshuayi joined The Pensioners in July 2016 from Marseille and made 29 appearances in his debut season with the club, scoring 11 times and providing three assists in all competitions.

During the 2017-18 term, he scored ten times before going on loan to Borussia Dortmund at the end of January, following The Blues’ acquisition of Olivier Giroud, who helped his parent club to an FA Cup success.

The season after, he failed to register a Blues appearance, having been sent on loan to Valencia and Crystal Palace. That campaign, Chelsea went on to win the Europa League.

Last term, the Belgian managed just one league start for Chelsea and was played second fiddle to Tammy Abraham and Giroud.

With the arrivals of Timo Werner and the versatile talent of Havertz, who can play as a centre-forward, Batshuayi would almost certainly fall further out of favour at the side.

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From hero to zero

Cometh the hour

Batshuayi has scored 25 times and provided six assists from 77 games in all competitions for the Blues, with a handful directly contributing to the game’s result.

He scored the title-clinching goal in their 2016-17 Premier League campaign against West Brom in the 82nd minute, having been brought on six minutes earlier.

The following season, he went on to score the 94th-minute winner in the side’s Champions League group game away against Atlético Madrid.

His reputation for scoring decisive goals earned him the so-called ‘Batsman’ nickname, which he has since adopted for himself.

Last season, his decisive winner, 15 minutes into his introduction against Ajax in the Champions League group stage, proved to be integral.

The side went on to advance into the competition’s last-16 by a point, with the Dutch side missing out courtesy of defeat to Valencia on the final matchday.

The rise of ‘Batsman’

The Belgian has struggled to replicate his form for Chelsea, since the 2016-17 campaign. However, he has impressed away from Stamford Bridge on-loan at various clubs.

He scored nine goals and provided one assist from 14 appearances overall for Dortmund during the second-half of the 2017-18 season, with three winning-goals.

Batshuayi spent the second-half of the following campaign on-loan at Crystal Palace. He scored six times in 13 matches, with his five league goals helping The Eagles secure Premier League safety.

Does Michy Batshuayi have a Chelsea future?

It remains to be seen whether Michy Batshuayi has a future at the club, considering the new arrivals at the side.

If the Belgian wants game-time, he would perhaps have to look elsewhere. However, should he want to provide an alternative option in the attacking department, he will need to be at his very best to persuade Lampard to give him a chance.

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