Chelsea did not allow Michy Batshuayi to leave for Premier League newcomers Newcastle United in the summer transfer window.
With Alvaro Morata absent for Chelsea’s trip to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday, it does not bode well for Michy Batshuayi that he was still not handed a start by manager Antonio Conte.
The Belgian international has made only eight Premier League appearances this season and came off the bench for the sixth time with just 20 minutes to go at the John Smiths Stadium with the champions already cruising to a 3-1 win.
But Batshuayi can at least take some solace in knowing that he would be welcomed with open arms at a number of other Premier League clubs. Particularly Newcastle United, who ESPN claim are interested in signing him on loan for the second half of the season.
Magpies boss Rafa Benitez has a number of priorities in January, one of those being to sign a striker who will add a touch of incision and clinical finishing that Joselu and Dwight Gayle simply cannot provide on a consistent basis.
And while Batshuayi has not exactly scored for fun in England, his games-per-goal ratio is still rather impressive. He started just one league game in 2016/17 after his £32 million move from Marseille but still scored five times – including the winner away at West Brom which sealed Chelsea’s fifth Premier League title.
According to The Mail, Newcastle wanted to sign Batshuayi on loan in the summer, only for Chelsea to decide against the move due to a lack of alternative striking options.
But with the young striker still struggling for opportunities, it will be interesting to see whether The Blues are more open to a short-term move this time around.