Should Tottenham and West Ham have better utilised their managers to impress Michy Batshuayi?

Michy Batshuayi

The Belgian looks set for a Chelsea switch this summer.

Michy Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi’s move to Chelsea looks all but complete, with Sky Sports reporting that he has passed a medical, and it seems new Blues boss Antonio Conte was the major factor in his decision to make Stamford Bridge his new home.

A report in the Sun claims that Batshuayi has been impressed by the Italian’s display at Euro 2016 and has earmarked him as an exciting coach to work under.

Italy head coach Antonio Conte

His reputation as a passionate coach with tactical nous has grown over the tournament and incidents such as his bloodied nose when celebrating a goal against Belgium and jumping onto the dugout roof after the Italians' win against Spain have apparently endeared him to the Belgian striker.

It begs the question of whether Tottenham and West Ham could have used Mauricio Pochettino and Slaven Bilic to greater effect.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Both bosses are great man managers and have the charisma to sell players on their ideas for their respective clubs.

With Batshuayi clearly valuing the manager he will be working under, it seems like a missed opportunity for both Spurs and West Ham not to use their managers' skill sets to full effect.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Outside of managerial influence, there of course remains the financial aspect of the deal and it seems unlikely that Spurs would have been willing to sanction such a high transfer fee and wage package for a relatively unproven prospect.

West Ham meanwhile have made no secret of their desire to bring in a marquee forward this summer and were willing to stump up the cash but simply lost out to a club deemed the more attractive option in Chelsea.

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