Can Marseille's Michy Batshuayi follow in Chelsea star Eden Hazard's footsteps?

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Michy Batshuayi is starting to excel for Marseille and could follow in countryman Eden Hazard's successful footsteps.

After being awarded the PFA Player of the Year trophy on Sunday night, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has been receiving congratulations from players and fans all over the world. On Tuesday, fellow Belgian Michy Batshuayi was the latest to offer his congrats and he could be the next Red Devil to follow in Hazard’s footsteps.

The 21-year-old was linked with a move to Arsenal last summer by the Daily Star after scoring 44 goals in 120 games for Standard Liege in the Belgian Juplier League. He eventually made a £5.3 million move to Marseille.

At first, Batshuayi found it difficult to gain game time under Marcelo Bielsa, but as the season has gone on, he has gained a superb reputation for popping up with important goals for OM.

He scored the winner against Lille back in December, then scored twice in quick succession as Marseille bounced back to draw 2-2 with Saint-Etienne. Batshuayi followed that up with two doubles against Toulouse and Lens.

Hazard moved from Belgium to Ligue 1 when he was very young, he blossomed and won the league with Lille before making his big-money move to Chelsea. Batshuayi is in the best possible position to continue his development. With Andre-Pierre Gignac leaving on a free in the summer, the Belgian forward will be handed the keys to the OM attack and that will give him the chance to show his ability on a consistent basis.

Given more time on the pitch, Batshuayi will have the chance to impress and, if he can consistently score goals in the double figures, it won’t be long until Arsenal and the other leading lights from the Premier League are back showing interest.

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