Michy Batshuayi & Valencia
He may be fabulous on social media, but Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is struggling on the pitch.
Back in the summer, deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea, Batshuayi joined Valencia on a season-long loan.
For the record, Batshuayi is under contract with Chelsea until 2021.
However Batshuayi’s time at Valencia isn’t going so well.
The Belgian international only has one goal in 11 La Liga appearances, while according to Marca, Valencia manager Marcelino has already decided that Batshuayi isn’t good enough.
Marca report that the “Belgian striker is far from being the offensive solution that the club was looking for when he signed from Chelsea.”
Batshuayi can’t get into Marcelino’s team.
Chelsea’s loanee is trapped
Batshuayi is now facing a problem.
Unloved at Valencia, Marca report that Los Che would like to send the striker back to Chelsea in January.
But Valencia can’t, as there is no break clause in the one-year loan deal.
The only way Valencia would be able to send Batshuayi back to Stamford Bridge would be if Chelsea agreed to it.
Chelsea seem to have no interest in doing that.
Valencia have one other avenue to explore to get Batshuayi off their books in the January transfer window.
If another club is willing to step in to take Batshuayi on loan for six months – and pay the Belgian his wages – then the Chelsea loanee could be on the move again.
Batshuayi’s feelings towards Valencia
Batshuayi could be starting up front for Belgium in the current international break.
That’s because Man United’s Romelu Lukaku is nursing an injury.
In an update from Het Laatste Nieuws this week, the following nugget is dropped about Batshuayi’s feelings towards Valencia:
Valencia is not what (Batshuayi) expected. It’s a feeling that is mutual.