Michy Batshuayi has confirmed his impending move to Crystal Palace after scoring twice in Belgium’s Nations League trashing of Iceland, telling RTBF that a move to Selhurst Park should provide the first-team football he needs.
Considering the Chelsea bench-warmer had only started one Premier League game during the entirety of 2019/20, he would be forgiven for looking a little rusty on Tuesday night.
But, with just 17 minutes on the clock, Batshuayi reminded everyone of his predatory instincts to tap home Belgium’s second during a 5-1 win which puts them clear at the top of their Nations League group.
What’s more, the £33 million front man then grabbed his second of the night in sublime style, executing a gorgeous back-heeled finish to score his 18th international goal in just his 30th cap.
And, after the game, Batshuayi admitted that he is about to make the short trip from Stamford Bridge to Selhurst Park with a second loan spell at Crystal Palace edging closer.
“Am I going to leave Chelsea to be loaned to Crystal Palace? You’re on the right track when you say that. It’s something like that,” Batshuayi said with a smirk.
“The most important thing for me is to have playing time for me and to be ready when I come to the national team.”
If last night’s performance was anything to go by, the former Marseille starlet could be the kind of instinctive penalty-box poacher Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has been crying out for all summer long.
Batshuayi scored five times in nine starts during his previous spell in red and blue back in the 2018/19 season.
Het Nieuwsblad claims that Palace will now take over his £110,000-a-week wages.
Crystal Palace’s record signings
Christian Benteke – £27 million
Mamadou Sakho – £22 million
Eberechi Eze – £19.5 million
Patrick van Aanholt – £14 million
Andros Townsend – £13 million