5 reasons why Chelsea were wrong to allow Batshuayi to move on loan
Despite being signed for a pretty hefty transfer fee of £33m, less than two years ago, Michy Batshuayi never did seem to fit in properly at Chelsea. The Blues boss, Antonio Conte, didn’t really seem to trust the Belgian striker to lead the line for the Blues and it was unsurprising when he was loaned out to Borussia Dortmund in January’s transfer window.
But have Chelsea made a mistake in allowing Batshuayi to head to the Bundesliga? Quite possibly. Despite some Chelsea fans’ feeling that the Belgian isn’t quite good enough for their club, the truth is that right now, the Blues could do with a player like him. Here are five reasons why Chelsea should never have allowed him to move.
#5 He’s hit the ground running at Dortmund
Say what you will about the quality of the Bundesliga in comparison to the Premier League, but there’s no denying that Batshuayi has hit the ground running since his move to Germany. You simply can’t argue with five goals in six appearances. That’s a great strike rate for any forward and while he hasn’t scored in his last two games, it feels like it’ll only be a matter of time before he hits the back of the net again.
Granted, the two Bundesliga sides he’s scored against – Hamburger SV and FC Cologne – are currently propping up the table in 17th and 18th place respectively, but as any analyst will tell you, it’s just as important for strikers to be hitting the net against weaker teams as it is for them to score against the stronger ones.
Batshuayi is clearly relishing the chance to be a first-choice striker for once – he’s started all of Dortmund’s games since his move to the club and has played the full 90 minutes in all of them too - and judging by his showings thus far - Chelsea could easily have made more use of him.