At the moment the ice-cold champagne popping celebrations and wild jubilation are quietening at Stamford Bridge as there is still one more trophy to play for – THE FA CUP FINALS against London rivals, Arsenal at Wembley.
While our attention shift focus to meeting at Wembley, we also need analyse the whole performance of the team to know areas that need strengthening in the summer transfer window. Our striking force should be an area of due consideration especially with Champions League football on the horizon next season.
All season, the future of combative and enigmatic striker, Diego Costa according to reports was the subject of a staggering offer in the region of £80m from Chinese super rich club, Tianjin Quanjian. Though the offer was rejected by the club as rumours, an internal rife with a coaching staff did the Brazilian-born Spanish striker no favours. He was dropped from the team, but later restored back after peace talks with manager Antonio Conte.
The lack of presence of a genuine challenger for the striking role saw Conte play with a false nine on few occasions Costa was out of the team, despite having Belgian young striker, Michy Batshuayi available for selection. The questions were: Was it that the young Belgian didn’t suit Conte’s style? Or was the striker inexperienced to handle the pressure to play for a big club like Chelsea? Or in Mourinho’s own words: Was it about him being not ‘ready enough’ to play for Chelsea? These are food for thought questions that need to be answered with summer transfer window approaching fast by the day.
To make a case for Batshuayi, his strong finish to the season is mind-blowing as his goal against West Brom won the title for Chelsea.
Let’s look at 3 possibilities that may best suit the striker’s career:
While this might sound as a nice option considering if Chelsea keep Diego Costa and one between Romelu Lukaku or Alvaro Morata is bought in the summer. This will surely limit his opportunities, reduce his market value and potentially affect his form and fitness. If he has to go on loan, then it has to be to another English club which will help him adjust fully to life in English football.
The same scenario of having Diego Costa at the club next season with the potential purchase of either Lukaku or Morata could possibly force the club’s hands into selling him. But if we must do so then a buyback clause must be inserted into the deal to avoid the disaster that got us stuck in the Lukaku deal to Everton.
With a strong finish to the season, it will be interesting to see if the young Belgian striker can pull the strings in his second season at the club and in English football after a first season learning process. However, keeping him will surely be a good idea considering there will be much games to be played next season and he could be a valuable squad player. For sure, he has the potential to be a big hit and can’t be ruled out and might just be the next rated star.
With the 2018 World Cup beckoning, he might certainly want regular playing time to stake a place to Russia. Let’s anticipate!
You can comment on this and possibly pick which option will be best for both the player and the club. Cheers!