Michy Batshuayi’s boasts a goals-per-game ratio that most Premier League strikers would kill for.
The Belgian international has found himself behind Diego Costa, Olivier Giroud and now Tammy Abraham since joining Chelsea from Marseille three years ago but when he gets a chance, he usually takes it.
In just four league starts, Batshuayi has scored eight times for the Blues. One of those secured the title in 2017 for Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side. And in just 45 minutes of football under Frank Lampard, he’s already found the net once, coming off the bench to put the icing on a 4-1 thrashing of Southampton on Sunday.
But to say Batshuayi is nothing more than a super-sub does him a disservice. The 26-year-old averaged more than a goal every other game during loan spells at Crystal Palace and Borussia Dortmund over the last two years.
And with Palace still crying out for a natural centre-forward despite their impressive start to the season, it is no surprise that Roy Hodgson’s Eagles have made re-signing Batshuayi a priority in January (The Mail).
But Palace are not the only Premier League side who need a striker and fast. Everton are 18th right now with a measly six goals in eight matches to their name. Moise Kean is yet to open his account while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is hardly going to become a 20-goal a season man overnight, if ever.
So with The Mirror (8 October, page 53) reporting that Chelsea could be wiling to sell Batshuayi for a cut-price £22 million in January, surely this is a no-brainer for the men from Merseyside.
Everton have wanted Batshuayi for years. According to The Mirror, The Toffees were quoted £50 million when they asked about his availability in 2018, while in January The Guardian claimed that they were in talks over a deadline-day £35 million deal.
Batshuayi is cheaper than ever these days and this feels like an opportunity that Everton simply cannot afford to pass up.
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