Not for the first time this season, the performance of Michy Batshuayi was picked apart by one of the greatest strikers in the Premier League era from the comfort of the Match of the Day studio.
Ian Wright was heavily critical of the Chelsea striker’s ineffective display in October’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. This time, it was Alan Shearer’s turn; the Newcastle United legend highlighting Batshuayi’s lack of movement in the final third and inability to effect the game outside the box.
Of course, the Belgian international scored moments after the interval, slamming into the roof of the net to give Chelsea the lead in an FA Cup third round replay against Norwich City; a game Antonio Conte’s nine men would eventually win on penalties.
But, goal aside, Batshuayi surely did not offer enough to convince West Ham United boss David Moyes, sat in the crowd with notepad in hand, that he is the answer to the club’s striker problems.
The £33 million former Marseille frontman has been mentioned as a potential makeweight in a deal that would see Andy Carroll complete a stunning move to Chelsea this month.
But there is a reason why Batshuayi has started just three Premier League games in a year-and-a-half at Stamford Bridge.
And, on last night’s evidence, West Ham fans have not given the potential signing of Batshuayi their seal of approval.
So Batshuayi is playing shit tonight just as I'm about to upload a transfer video saying why he'd be great for West Ham wonderful— Dan Lawless ⚒ (@TheLawless) January 17, 2018
I’m probs wrong but I haven’t been that impressed with him whenever I’ve seen him— Josh Clarke (@JoshClarke1987) January 17, 2018
Batshuayi evidently doesn’t want to join West Ham. Doing a great job of turning off a watching David Moyes tonight. Having a stinker. #cfc— Garry Hayes (@garryhayes) January 17, 2018
Any West Ham fan who wants batshuayi just watch this game, the geezer is absolutely useless surrounded by a much more talented side than ours— joe harris⚒ (@1joeee) January 17, 2018
Yeah definitely, wayyyyy too overrated— joe harris⚒ (@1joeee) January 17, 2018
Never seen him have a good game. If he looks like a fan that won a competition to play at CFC with all the chances they make, he'd be a cardboard cut out at our place.— Rj UK (@rjuk1969) January 17, 2018
Andy Jacobs from Talk sport (Chelsea season ticket holder) described him as “no more than a Sunday league player outside the box” and Carroll is the better player. We need someone that can do more than just finished... hence Chica!— james (@jameswhyte81) January 17, 2018
Hope he's seen enough to say no thanks.— Neil McCarthy (@neil_mccarthy) January 17, 2018