Report: Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi is wanted on loan by West Brom
Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi is reportedly being targeted by newly-promoted Premier League side West Brom.
According to the Express and Star, West Brom are interested in taking the 26-year-old on loan for the upcoming season.
It is claimed that the Belgian striker will be deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and he’s now one of the options being considered by West Brom in their preparation for life back in the top-flight.
Batshuayi is a big favourite with Chelsea fans after scoring the goal that clinched the Premier League title back under Antonio Conte, but his time with the club has never really taken off to the levels he may have hoped.
He’s got a decent record of 25 goals in 77 games across all competitions for the Blues, but perhaps doesn’t have the overall game to lead the line and he wasn’t a regular last season under current boss Frank Lampard.
It seems like Batshuayi is unlikely to get many minutes in the upcoming campaign due to the fact he’s seemingly fourth-choice in the pecking order for striker, as he’s competing alongside Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and new signing Timo Werner for a starting position.
Lampard now has some real attacking firepower in his squad so it makes sense to let Batshuayi goal, and it would be no surprise to watch him be a big success at a club like West Brom.
The Belgian cost Chelsea £33million (BBC) to sign back in 2016 from Marseille and in hindsight that was too much, but for sentimental reasons he’s still popular in West London.