Belgium might be the world’s number one side but they’ve yet to deliver on their promise.
Look behind Romelu Lukaku and you could say the same about their attackers.
Christian Benteke has stalled, while Divock Origi and Michy Batshuayi are being forced to play second fiddle at Liverpool and Chelsea respectively.
Both are players who show flashes of brilliance but don’t seem to have the consistency to be trusted as the main men in the upper echelons of the Premier League.
However, it means that Batshuayi is seemingly an affordable option for Leeds.
He was reportedly offered to Leeds with a valuation of £25m on his head and, according to Phil Hay, a very good source of transfer information on the Whites, they are “definitely interested”.
Their top attacking target might be Said Benrahma but Hay claims Bielsa is keen on Batshuayi, who he knows from his time at Marseille.
Falling behind Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud at Chelsea must be a huge blow to the player who promised so much.
A loan spell to Borussia Dortmund threatened to light the fuse on his career – nine goals in 14 games made him a hot prospect again.
However, he couldn’t force himself into the Chelsea set-up and subsequent loans at Valencia and Crystal Palace were uninspiring.
16 goals in 29 international games and just 10 starts for his country show the sort of impact he can make.
So, is Bielsa the manager that Batshuayi needs?
A poacher who comes alive inside the penalty area, Batshuayi doesn’t seem like the perfect fit on the surface for a manager who demands link-up play and would probably prefer Roberto Firmino to an out-and-out goal-scorer.
However, Hay has said that Bielsa doesn’t think Batshuayi would have to adapt his game much to fit in at Leeds.
Batshuayi has been described by Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek as “fast, powerful” and good with his head. He’s also proved he can finish.
Can he do what Bamford does?
His stats actually stack up well. Batshuayi averages 54.72 total actions per 90 minutes, with an xG of 0.62. He averages 24.25 duels per 90 with 1.47 interceptions and 18.63 passes. [WyScout]
Bamford’s numbers are 52.93 total actions per 90, with an xG of 0.5. Bamford averages 22 duels, 1.66 interceptions and 17 passes.
It’s worth remembering that Batshuayi’s stats come from a higher level.
One thing concerns us. His Valencia loan was cut short with a terrible return of just three goals when manager Marcelino got frustrated at him not following instructions.
And, The Athletic has reported another similar incident.
“There was one case when Antonio Conte was still in charge at Chelsea and trying to prepare the side for a match without an injured Diego Costa. At the start of the week, Batshuayi was in line to start. By the end of the week, Conte had decided to use Eden Hazard as a false nine instead — because Batshuayi kept forgetting what he was being told to do. An annoyed Conte was heard saying, ‘Michy is not a genius’.”
However, if Bielsa isn’t concerned by this and is convinced that he can turn him into the superstar he seemed destined to be, we should be excited.
Bielsa has proved that he can take players that others can’t handle and turn them into superstars.
If he can do it with Batshuayi his genius will be confirmed in the top-flight.
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