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Journalist offers scathing verdict on Michy Batshuayi after he's subbed off at half-time v Athletic Bilbao

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Chelsea supporters are desperate for Maurizio Sarri to sign a new striker in the January transfer window.

Between them, Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have scored just three goals this season.

That is a truly stunning return.

Thankfully the Blues have Eden Hazard, who has scored eight goals in all competitions.

Many fans are suggesting that Sarri play Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a striker after the 22-year-old’s hat-trick in the Europa League win against BATE Borisov.

But there’s another player who could play in the position had Sarri thought differently about him: Michy Batshuayi.

The Belgium international was loaned out to Valencia in August, with Sarri preferring Morata and Giroud to him.

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Journalist's Batshuayi assessment

Batshuayi scored in the 1-1 draw against Young Boys on Tuesday but for any Chelsea fan wondering how he’s really getting on in Spain, it doesn’t sound promising.

The 25-year-old was subbed off at half-time in Valencia’s 0-0 draw against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, and the report on him by Spanish football journalist David Cartlidge was scathing.

“Batshuayi such a limited player, but most of all is his lack of speed,” Cartlidge wrote on Twitter.

“Firstly in terms of his decision making, then his actions on the ball. He's lumbering and predictable.

“Hauled off after 45 and could've gone earlier.”

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Ouch. Perhaps Sarri was right after all.

Batshuayi has made 13 appearances for Valencia, scoring just twice. His hopes of proving to Chelsea that he can be their main striker are falling flat.

Cartlidge then compared the Belgian’s efforts to those of Simone Zaza, who left Valencia for Torino in August.

The way things are headed, Sarri will have no choice but to spend big on a striker next year.

His Chelsea side look like the real deal, but the Italian won’t enjoy having to rely on Hazard each week.

Compare the situation at Stamford Bridge to the plethora of attacking options at Liverpool and Manchester City, and it's easy to see why Sarri could be slightly concerned.

Topics:
Football
Michy Batshuayi
Maurizio Sarri
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Alvaro Morata
Olivier Giroud
Belgium Football
Valencia
Eden Hazard
Chelsea

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