Chelsea have made a number of mistakes with young players, and two of those mistakes that have haunted us the most are the sales of Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku. These two players have gone on to reach great heights at their clubs and are among the best in the Premier League. Worst part of it all is that we almost spent £75 million to sign back Lukaku that we sold for less than £30 million.
Now Chelsea are faced with yet another situation in Michy Batshuayi. The young Belgian was signed from Marseille during the summer for £33 million, after a stellar season with the French club. However, Batshuayi’s body language in recent times is that of a player who is frustrated and who doesn’t have the backing of his manager, and if we can rewind back time, Lukaku displayed that sort of body language before his exit.
Just like Batshuayi, Lukaku was also a young talent who didn’t really have the backing of his manager, despite his obvious abilities; he was given very little opportunity at Stamford Bridge and still expected to do magic, before he went on two different loan spells, did great but was still sold. He is now a more mature and well-rounded player, and is one of the best strikers in the league.
Batshuayi has the potential to reach such great heights; he has that raw power, pace, and is good with both feet, although there are so many rough edges to his game; but on closer look, he’s just a diamond in the rough, and that doesn’t make him any less of a precious stone.
Rumours have linked Batshuayi with a loan exit from the club, while Conte is seemingly interested in bringing Fernando Llorente to the club, and a move like this surely wouldn’t give Batshuayi confidence.
Diego Costa has been in amazing form this season, and there’s no way on earth that Batshuayi can replace him. But then, there has been so many opportunities where he could have been introduced much earlier so that he can have adequate game time, but he has spent more time on the bench and running along the sidelines than being on the pitch. Even the best of strikers could lose confidence with such a treatment.
Batshuayi was scouted by Tottenham and a host of other clubs before Chelsea eventually signed him, and they all had good reports about the former Marseille man. The 23-year-old did pretty well in his first two games for the club, and helped us to victory, but his progress has stalled since then. The fact that he flopped against West Ham in the EFL Cup shouldn’t be the yardstick to judge him; after all, even the likes of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante have had bad games this season.
Batshuayi is a diamond in the dirt, and he’ll eventually turn into the real deal, and Chelsea must be careful with the way they handle him, else we’d make another mistake, and it wouldn’t be nice to see the Batman come back to punish us.