Batshuayi celebrates his late goal for Belgium.

11 things Chelsea fans should know about Michy Batshuayi

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Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Marseille and Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi with Sky Sports reporting that the 22-year-old has travelled to Bordeaux to complete a medical.

A highly-regarded star in Ligue 1, the Blues are reportedly set to shell out £33m to land the former Standard Liege forward.

But what do Chelsea fans need to know about the player nicknamed Batsman? Here are a few things for starters.


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1. Bad Boy

Batshuayi was a bit of a journeyman in his younger years, spending time on the books of five different Belgian clubs, including Anderlecht, before signing for Standard Liege.

He lasted just one season with the Brussels giants prior to signing for Standard, later admitting: “They were right to kick me out. I wasn’t an angel to say the least,”

Chelsea could become his third club in the space of three years.

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2. Award Winner

A return of 23 goals in 49 games over the course of his final season with Standard Liege resulted in Batshuayi landing the Ebony Shoe Award as the best African or player of African origin in the Belgian Pro League that season.

Other notable winners include Celestine Babayaro, Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini, Mido and Daniel Amokachi.

3. Anger Management

The forward courted controversy during his time in Belgium following the red card and four-game suspension he received after stamping on the chest of Jeroen Simaeys during a heated clash with Genk in April 2012 - skip to 0:24 in the video below to see the incident.

He was then sent off for Standard during a cup game against Mouscron.

On that occasion, he was caught elbowing Benjamin Delacourt in the first half four of the game, and received a two match ban and fine for his troubles.

4. Watching and Waiting

Brought to Marseille by Marcelo Bielsa – a coach who has influenced the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Diego Simeone – the Argentine was even rumoured by L’Equipe to have sent tapes of the forward to Tottenham, urging his Spurs protégé to make a move.

5. The new Drogba

The Belgian is on course to smash Marseille’s record for the highest transfer fee received for a player. Didier Drogba currently holds the record, having moved from OM to Chelsea for €36m in the summer of 2004.

6. Fletch Lives


Batshuayi previously spoke in glowing terms about Steven Fletcher – a striker who was released by Sunderland this summer having scored just 23 goals in 102 games – after the Scotland international moved to Marseille on loan.

“He's not a stereotypical British player who plays with his head,” he told Sky Sports.

“He's strong on the ground, technical."

7. Brotherly Love

Batshuayi’s brother is also a professional. Aaron Leya Iseka is only 18 but has already played 12 first team games for club side Anderlecht, as a striker.

He is also half an inch taller than his older sibling.

8. Flipping Good

Not since the days of Tresor Lomana Lualua has the Premier League witnessed a striker capable of celebrating a goal with a back-flip or two.

Batshuayi could bring that run to an end, having showcased his back-flipping skills after scoring for Belgium against Hungary.

9. SpongeBob Surprise

The 22-year-old is still very much a boy at heart, as his choice of favourite show demonstrates.
“SpongeBob [SquarePants] is a cartoon I love,” he told

“Especially when I’m in bed by myself at home and I have trouble sleeping, my reflex is to put cartoons on. I took to SpongeBob and started watching it frequently; even when I’m older I think I’ll still watch the show!”

10. Super Sub

Batshuayi is carving out a reputation as an impact substitute for Belgium, having scored two of his three goals for the Red Devils with his first touch after coming off the bench.

Prior to his goal against Hungary, the forward came on for Christian Benteke in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Cyprus. He scored his first goal for Belgium three minutes later.

Interestingly, his other goal for Belgium came as a substitute in a warm-up friendly against Italy and future Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

11. New Inzaghi

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Though many have compared Batshuayi to Drogba, the Belgium international is a smaller player and lacks some of the Ivorian's physicality on the ball.

Instead, the 22-year-old may be more comparable with former Italy and AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi. A teammate of Conte's during his time with Juventus, Batshuayi has the same finishing skills - and knack for being caught offside regularly - as the World Cup winner.

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