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Michy Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi
  • Full Name: Michy Batshuayi
  • Nationality: BE
  • Height: 1.85m Weight: 91kg Age: 27
  • Previous Team: Standard Liège, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Valencia , Crystal Palace
  • Award: Ebony Shoe Award (2013–14), UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Month October 2015

Michy Batshuayi is a Belgium International player who plays as a striker for Chelsea and Belgium National Football Team.

Michy Batshuayi completed his transfer to Chelsea from Marseille on 3 July 2016 and signed a five-year contract.

Chelsea Goals: 29 goals

Assists: 8 assists

A powerful, fast striker, the highly coveted Batshuayi moved to Stamford Bridge having developed a reputation as a fine finisher following spells in France and Belgium. Skillful and with the ability to beat opposing defenders with his quick feet, he is a threat in the air and also comfortable holding the ball up and linking the play.

He was part of the Belgium squad at Euro 2016 and netted with his first touch on his tournament debut, converting a cross from his new Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard in a 4-0 win over Hungary.

Batshuayi said after signing for the Blues: ‘I am delighted to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe and embark on the next chapter in my career. I hope I can help Chelsea win many trophies during my time at Stamford Bridge.

‘Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have told me many good things about the club, and with Antonio Conte coming in it's an exciting time to become a Chelsea player.

‘This is a fantastic opportunity for myself and my family, I am looking forward to playing in the Premier League next season.’

In his initial months at Chelsea, he was used mostly from the bench, and in our first game of the season, at home to West Ham United, Batshuayi was introduced with the scores level at 1-1 and set up the winning goal for Diego Costa with a smart header in the 89th minute.

Five days later and again a substitute, Batshuayi scored the first of our two goals as we came from behind to win at Watford, opening his Chelsea account from close range after Eden Hazard’s strike had been parried into his path. Three days later he scored twice on his full debut in our League Cup win over Bristol Rovers at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte explained the young striker needed to learn about the requirements of Premier League football so chose to play Eden Hazard at the centre of the attack when Diego Costa was unavailable in that competition, but Batshuayi was handed FA Cup starts in early 2017 and responded with goals and assists.

Without question, the highlight of his maiden season at the club came when Batshuayi scored the goal which clinched the Premier League title away at West Bromwich Albion in May. The Belgian had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes when Cesar Azpilicueta fizzed the ball across the face of goal, with the striker sliding in to divert it home and write his name into Chelsea history.

The campaign finished positively for Batshuayi who then scored in our 4-3 win over Watford, before netting a brace on the final day of the season as we beat Sunderland 5-1.

His knack of grabbing important goals despite not being a regular choice to start games continued in the first part of 2017/18. He netted a last-minute winner in a brilliant victory at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, and his two goals against Watford in October helped turn the game on its head after his introduction off the bench with Chelsea trailing.

Soon after Batshuayi had helped the club advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup with two goals in a win against Newcastle, and having found the net 19 times in 53 appearances in his first 18 months as a Chelsea player, he moved on loan to Germany’s Bundesliga to play for Borussia Dortmund until the end of the season.

Before suffering an ankle injury, Batshuayi impressed in Germany, scoring seven goals in 10 leagues appearances and a further two in four Europa League fixtures

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