By Mark Smith

13th Jun, 2021 | 8:15am

Marcelo Bielsa wants to sign Michy Batshuayi this summer - Carlton Palmer

Carlton Palmer has insisted that Marcelo Bielsa will want to sign Michy Batshuayi at Leeds United over the summer.

The Belgian international is still on the books at Chelsea but has completed numerous loan spells in recent years, his last being Crystal Palace.

Palmer believes that Bielsa will want players that he has worked with before as he can trust them at Elland Road, and Batshuayi is exactly that.

Speaking to This is Futbol, Palmer insisted that Bielsa would be keen on a reunion with one of his former strikers over the summer.

“Well, he knows him, doesn’t he? Managers generally like to work with players they know, players like to go work for managers they know because they get the best out of them,” he said.

“Listen, Bielsa will be looking at that and thinking if he can get him in, it’d be a decent addition to the squad because that’s what you need.

“I think Bielsa will be interested. We’ll just have to wait and see.”


Given that Rodrigo ended the season in the playmaker role behind Patrick Bamford, it appears as though we are very light on attacking options.

The Spaniard found great goalscoring form, too, meaning he is all-but-guaranteed to start the opening day clash in the Premier League next season.

One injury to Bamford could leave us very light, with only Tyler Roberts in the senior squad to cover those two players.

Batshuayi coming in could be the perfect signing at Elland Road, he has been described as “incredible” by Antonio Conte previously.

Despite his reputation, he won’t expect to start every single week, especially given that he hasn’t over the past two seasons with a struggling Crystal Palace side.

We trust any player that has been brought in by Bielsa and Victor Orta, we can’t remember the last signing that has let us down significantly.

Batshuayi to Elland Road? Watch this space.

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