Chelsea supporters were pleased and slightly surprised to see Michy Batshuayi bag a goal for Belgium last night.
Their shock didn’t occur because he scored; it was induced because many may have forgotten he is still on the Blues books.
Batshuayi netted the first in an 8-0 thrashing of Belarus last night, in a Belgium team that was without Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard.
That was the 27-year-old’s 22nd goal in just 33 appearances for his national team, a strike rate to match anyone at that level.
Blues followers will certainly wish he could translate that kind of consistency to his club form.
The ‘Batman’ joined Chelsea in 2016 from Marseille for £33m (BBC Sport) off the back of a very fine season with the Ligue 1 side.
His career at Stamford Bridge has stuttered and stumbled ever since.
He’s been sent out on four separate loans following his move from Marseille, the latest of which to Premier League rival Crystal Palace.
Just one goal in 18 games with the Eagles is pretty frightful return for a forward who typically grabs a handful more wherever he goes.
But there is still hope for Batshuayi to reignite his Chelsea flame.
Thomas Tuchel is handing out lifelines left right and centre, so it wouldn’t be the greatest shock if he did so with the Belgian.