Michy Batshuayi is doing his chances of getting in Frank Lampard’s good graces very little harm, having scored the fourth goal of Chelsea’s 4-1 away win against Southampton on Sunday. But Crystal Palace are reportedly set to reignite their interest in the Belgian striker, whom they are said to have made a top target for January.
Batshuayi spent the second of last season on loan at Selhurst Park and his numbers were quite respectable. The 26-year-old forward found the back of the net six times in 11 starts and a total of 13 games played.
Given Chelsea’s transfer ban, Batshuayi likely fancied his chances of getting in the team’s starting 11. Yet he’s been made to play second fiddle as Lampard has opted to start Tammy Abraham at the point of attack.
The move has worked out pretty well for the Blues as the young English striker has scored nine goals in 10 appearances in all competitions, earning himself a recent England call-up. Batshuayi, though, came on as a late sub against the Saints on Sunday and wasted no time getting on the scoresheet as he linked up with another sub in Christian Pulisic to put the scoreline out of sight for Chelsea.
The Belgium international has scored three goals and dished out two assists in six appearances for the Blues and will hope that his productivity up front will get him more time on the pitch.
According to the Daily Mail, Palace are keen on a reunion with the player and would probably love it if Abraham continues to keep him out of the team.
The 22-year-old opened the scoring for the Stamford Bridge side on Sunday with a crafty chip over the Southampton that had no business going into the opposition goal given the height it reached before dropping down.
Abraham is currently the Premier League’s top scorer alongside Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, having scored eight times in the top flight. He’s 8/1 to finish the season as the division’s top scorer, and you could find all the information you need on all the top betting sites in the UK at The Bookies Offers.
The forward is the joint-favourite for the PFA Young Player of the Year Award at 3/1 with Unibet, who are offering the same odds on his teammate Mason Mount.
Meanwhile, the fifth-placed Blues are 66/1 to win the Premier League with Ladbrokes, with Liverpool usurping City as the favourites at 8/11 with William Hill. Pep Guardiola’s side are now 5/4 with Betfair after falling eight points behind the Reds with a loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers on the weekend.
Chelsea are considered a lock for the top four after eight games, with Skybet offering 10/11 odds on that front. Palace, who are doing well at the moment, sit in the sixth spot on the standings and are tied on points with the Blues but William Hill has 80/1 odds on their chances of finishing in a Champions League place this season.
The Eagles outfit would do well to snatch Batshuayi from their London counterparts after getting former Blues captain Gary Cahill on their books in the summer. But Chelsea’s ban would leave them very hesitant to let the Belgian go despite his status at the club.