Why Michy Batshuayi can be a good signing for Leeds United
Michy Batshuayi is the latest in a whole host of rumoured player names to be linked with a move to Leeds United this summer, courtesy of TeamTalk.
The Belgian international has been banging in the goals for Turkish side Besiktas on his latest loan spell away from parent club Chelsea, averaging a league goal every other game despite the club’s underwhelming defence of their Super Lig crown.
Leeds could only dream of having such an out and out goalscorer at the moment, their usual go-to Patrick Bamford missing the large majority of the campaign through injury and his several tested understudies unable to net on a consistent basis.
The Whites’ top scorer this season is star winger Raphinha with 10, highlighting their desperation for a clinical centre forward in the transfer window that can aptly compete with Bamford for a spot in Jesse Marsch’s starting XI.
Batshuayi has been criminally underused by the Blues and sent away on no less than five separate loan spells, and has shown when given the right support and utilised correctly how deadly he can be.
The 28-year-old grabbed seven goals in 10 outings for Borussia Dortmund in 2018, enjoying similar success with Crystal Palace a year later when he bagged five in 11.
Talent is clearly running through the veins of this forward yet he seldom seems to be given true credit for it, boasting a very impressive international record for Belgium where he has netted 23 times in 41 appearances.
It seems as though Batshuayi just needs to be shown a bit of love to truly get the best out of him, and Marsch has already shown a willingness to be much more personable with his squad than previous boss Marcelo Bielsa.
His Chelsea contract expires next summer and TeamTalk reports the Blues are ready to offload the striker whilst they can secure a transfer fee, meaning his figure will likely be cut-price.
That will be music to the ears of Leeds fans who are cautious of spending big on forwards after the farce of Jean-Kevin Augustin, with the club still waiting to see if the Court of Arbitration for Sport will order them to cough up £18m for the Frenchman who didn’t score for the club and managed just three appearances.
Wages may be a stumbling block with the presumption his parent club is subsiding some of his costs during his spell in Turkey but the lure of regular first-team football in a top European league should be a good enough temptation.
If Leeds can sort through those practical details, and Marsch can find a way to get a tune out of him, there’s no reason why Batshuayi couldn’t be a huge hit at Elland Road.
In other Leeds United news, this key player has been pictured taking part in training after their injury.