Leeds interested in Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi
Leeds United are in the hunt to sign Chelsea centre-forward Michy Batshuayi this summer, according to Telegraph journalist Matt Law.
Writing on The Telegraph website, Law reports that Batshuayi, 27, is deemed as surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge after his loan spell at Crystal Palace came to an end.
Marcelo Bielsa has previously managed Batshuayi at Marseille, where the Belgium international’s strong form prompted Chelsea to pay £33million to sign him.
Sorry, but it’s a no from us
Batshuayi arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2016 with a lot of expectation on his shoulders.
While he’s delivered for Belgium by scoring a superb 22 goals in 33 appearances, he simply hasn’t done it at Chelsea.
The ex-Marseille striker has scored 25 goals in 77 appearances for the billionaire-owned [Forbes] London club and if you include his two loan spells at Crystal Palace, the Belgian has netted just 15 goals in 77 Premier League appearances.
To put it simply, he doesn’t score enough and struggles to hold down a regular starting spot at both Chelsea and at Palace.
If he can’t start for Palace, having made Roy Hodgson’s starting line-up just seven times this season, then how can he be expected to make an impact at Leeds?
Sure, Bielsa can improve players and Batshuayi is someone who he’s previously worked with.
But is he going to be more impactful than Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo?
Football.London reports Chelsea want at least £10million for Batshuayi but it’s hard to see him being of much worth to Leeds, to be honest.
We’d rather see that money spend on the midfield or a new left-back.
In other Leeds United news, Jamie O’Hara was shut down by a Leeds fan after he made a ridiculous claim about one of Bielsa’s stars.