Valencia boss admits patience has run out after Michy Batshuayi's display v Sporting Gijon


Chelsea could do with a striker right about now.

Alvaro Morata is low on confidence and Olivier Giroud has scored just one Premier League goal this season.

In the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday, Maurizio Sarri decided to start Eden Hazard in a false 9 position.

The club have strikers out on loan, including Tammy Abraham at Aston Villa and Ike Ugbo at Scunthorpe United.

Then there’s Michy Batshuayi, who is spending the season out on loan at Valencia.

Yet Batshuayi’s time in Spain has been rather disappointing. He has scored just once in 15 La Liga matches and has been relegated to the bench.

Tthe Belgian forward was handed an opportunity to impress in the first leg of Valencia’s Copa del Rey last 16 clash against Segunda Division outfit Sporting Gijon on Tuesday.

Batshuayi subbed off at HT v Sporting

Yet Batshuayi failed to grasp his opportunity, being hauled off at half-time after failing to make an impact on the game.

The reaction on Twitter to Batshuayi’s display was fierce. Valencia fans weren’t afraid to let rip.

Indeed, Marcelino suggested after the match that enough is enough where the 25-year-old is concerned.

He stopped short of naming Batshuayi, but he made his feelings clear.

“We need signings up front. In some cases our patience has run out," Marcelino said, per Goal.

One moment perhaps explains why the Valencia boss is so frustrated. Batshuayi missed a good opportunity when Valencia capitalised on a Sporting mistake.

You’ve got to do better there, Michy.

Valencia would end up losing the game 2-1. It’s hard to see Batshuayi starting in the return leg.

Concern surrounding Batshuayi

Back in December, Marcelino suggested that the striker’s loan deal could be cut short.

“At the right time we will analyse the final situation and we will decide [what to do with Batshuayi]," the coach told reporters, per Goal.

"There is a transfer [clause], I do not know what the situation is contractually, but for all parties who want to leave, we will look for what is best for Valencia and thus the appropriate decisions will be made."

At this point, it’s hard to imagine Batshuayi ever developing into an elite striker.

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