Chelsea hero makes controversial claim about Crystal Palace loanee Michy Batshuayi | Football | Sport


That’s according to Pat Nevin who has backed the Belgium international to flourish at Crystal Palace.

Batshuayi completed a deadline day loan switch to Selhurst Park after failing to impress Maurizio Sarri.

He’d spent the first half of the campaign on loan at La Liga heavyweights Valencia.

However, he found life difficult in the Spanish top tier and was sent packing.

Nevin insists Batshuayi can prove the doubter wrong though.

“Michy Batshuayi is a fantastic goalscorer,” he told the BBC.

“I am not sure about his overall play but he could end up scoring more goals than any Chelsea striker this season!”

Palace boss Roy Hodgson has explained the Blues outcast is a player he’s been tracking for a while.

“He was a player that we actually discussed with regards to signing a forward player even before the transfer window opened, so he’s been a name that’s been on our lips for a while,” Hodgson told Crystal Palace’s official website.

“Our initial enquiries were that he was likely to be loaned out again but not necessarily to an English club.

“Fairly late on, we realised that there was an opportunity and that there were several clubs in for him and it was only right at the last minute that Chelsea decided if he was going to be loaned out, we’d be the prime candidate.

“We jumped in straight away and Dougie Freedman and Steve Parish did extremely well in that limited period of time to get the transfer over the line.

“If you look at his goalscoring record at all of the clubs he’s played at from the time that he started, it’s been very, very good.

“He’s a proven goalscorer, we’ve always liked what we’ve seen.

“I’d done research when his name came up as a possibility for us early in the window.

“I spoke to two or three people that I know and whose judgement I trust about him as a player and as a character. What I got were very, very good references.

“There was a little bit of good fortune on our part that he came our way.

“There was a glimmer of hope and that hope got stronger during the actual day itself.

“It was some good reaction work from the Chairman and Doug Freedman to really put themselves out to make certain that we got the deal and we were able to provide a bit of last minute drama for the television into the bargain.

“I knew from Doug that the deal was possibly on and agreed with Chelsea at around 8.30 and that Doug was on his way to finalise it.

“But I don’t know the ins and outs of these deals, I’ve got to say I don’t really know what has to be done, what paperwork has to be done. Sky are the experts on that!

“All I knew is that it was a distinct possibility and one that we wanted to pursue.

“If we wanted to bring this deal ‘home’ if you like, we would definitely be doing everything in our power to do that.”

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