5 things to know about new Chelsea signing Michy Batshuayi
Michy Batshuayi is new manager Antonio Conte's first signing.
After releasing Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato from the squad at the end of last season, Chelsea recently announced the signing of Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille for £33 million after gazumping Crystal Palace’s bid of £31 million.
The striker joins Diego Costa and Bertrand Traore to complete the attacking lineup for the Blues. He is coming back off an excellent season where he accounted for 54% of Marseille’s goals, scoring 17 goals in the league and 23 goals all competitions.
The young Belgian has an excellent strike ratio, scoring three goals in just seven games for Belgium, despite coming on as late substitutes in most of the matches. He even scored in Euro 2016 scoring from his first touch after his new teammate Eden Hazard set him up after a brilliant run.
The Belgian striker is an interesting character and is known for his bad boy behaviour that got him kicked out from the Anderlecht youth side. He switched between six youth sides before signing his first professional contract with Standard Liege.
Following are some of the unknown facts about the young Belgian:
1) Ebony Shoe winner
The former Marseille forward won the Belgian Ebony Shoe in the 2013/14 season during his Standard Liege career. The Belgian Ebony Shoe is a prestigious award given to a player who either hails from Africa or is of African descent for his brilliant performance in the year.
Midfielder Mbark Boussoufa won the award three times, making him the player with the most Ebony shoes, followed by Manchester City defender and captain Vincent Kompany and Daniel Amokachi, who both won it twice. Former Chelsea forward and Batshuayi’s Belgian teammate Romelu Lukaku won it once along with Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who both won it once.
He scored 23 goals in 49 games all competitions with Standard Liege, which made him win the prestigious award in the Belgian Pro League that season.