Despite our recent success, Chelsea have had some utterly woeful strikers in recent times and Michy Batshuayi is right up there with the worst I’ve witnessed.
You can forget Fernando Torres, Andriy Shevchenko and Romelu Lukaku - who was useless when he played for us. You can even forget Radamel Falcao , Alexandre Pato and Claudio Pizarro.
You’re getting closer to the mark if you start to consider Fabio Borini, Franco Di Santo and Carlton bloody Cole! That’s the category of ‘Abramovich era’ Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi slots into.
However, now he’s arrived at Borussia Dortmund and scored a few goals - five in his first three games to be precise - every man and his dog seems to believe Antonio Conte has made some grave error in letting the Belgian go out on loan.
I’ve heard theories ranging from ‘if Antonio Conte would’ve played Batshuayi more regularly, he would’ve been a success at Chelsea’ to ‘Chelsea’s current poor form is due to the loss of Michy Batshuayi’.
Those two ideas literally contradict each other!
In his 18-month Chelsea career, Batshuayi came off the bench to bag the title-winning goal against West Brom, did the same for a dramatic European winner at Atletico Madrid and scored a total of 19 goals in 53 appearances, despite the fact he was never our first choice striker.
It’s no wonder that people who’ve never really watched him see all of this and assume he’s a good player.
However, the truth about Michy Batshuayi is he’s decent when it comes to being in the right place at the right time. He has a knack for lurking on the shoulders of defenders and drawing away at the perfect moment for a cutback/tap-in. This is where he gathers the vast majority of his goals.
But, aside from that, he is completely and utterly useless.
I couldn’t tell you the amount of times he’s failed to hold the ball up for us despite supposedly being a strong frontman, the amount of times he’s bottled aerial challenges when faced with an imposing centre-back or the amount of times he’s been put in a promising position to attack a one-on-one, yet wasted the scenario completely – often struggling to even get a shot off.
Maybe this loan move will prove perfect for Batshuayi. Maybe playing week-in, week-out in Germany will be the making of him. I hope so because he’ll be back at Chelsea soon enough!
All we know so far is that he’s had plenty of chances to prove himself at Stamford Bridge, but underwhelmed on several occasions.
Let’s not get carried away and pretend the fact he’s had three good games suddenly means he’s the second coming of Pele.