‘His finishing let him down’: Media claims Chelsea striker fails to impress on international duty

Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi has been described as “rusty” while representing Belgium on international duty.

According to The Hard Tackle’s player ratings, the striker failed to impress despite the team’s dominant victory

The 28-year-old was given a rare start in the absence of fellow Blues man Romelu Lukaku, as the Belgians thrashed Poland 6-1.

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However, while former Chelsea men Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne shined, Batshuayi found things a lot more difficult.

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The Hard Tackle gave the Belgian a 6/10, claiming: “his finishing let him down every time as he seemed rusty.”

Batshuayi has enjoyed a decent season in Turkey, scoring 14 league goals for Besiktas, whilst featuring five times in the Champions League.

His sub-par performance against Poland will not do his future prospects much good, as he returns to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Despite international teammate Lukaku reportedly pushing for the exit door, the 28-year-old has not been mentioned as a potential option going forwards.

This is despite having a decent scoring record for the Blues whenever given an opportunity, especially in cup competitions.

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Chelsea fans will no doubt remember Batshuayi’s goal against West Brom in 2017, as he struck off the bench to confirm Premier League glory in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge at the club.

The Belgian has always been seen as an understudy at the club, with Diego Costa, Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham all being trusted as leading man during his tenure.

Brief loan spells at Borussia Dortmund and Crystal Palace have shown the striker’s quality before, with his time at the German side in particular showing what he can do with regular game time and confidence.

In the 2019/20 season, it seemed there was potential for the 28-year-old to strike up a relationship with Christian Pulisic, who was in his first season for the club. However, while the American shined in “Project Restart”, Batshuayi failed to dislodge Giroud as the Blues secured a top four finish and a place in the FA Cup final.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.