All in all, I’d have to say it was a disappointing transfer window as far as Chelsea were concerned.
The flurry of activity, in both directions, we all hoped for, never really materialised.
Instead, although several youngsters went out on loan, all that really happened was that Chelsea signed Christian Pulisic and then conveniently let him stay where he was, offloaded a misfiring Alvaro Morata for eighteen months and brought in an ageing striker in the shape of Gonzalo Higuain.
However, as I contemplated hitting the sack late on Thursday evening, one further deal was secured with it being announced by the
BBC, that our Belgian international striker, Michy Batshuayi, had joined our fellow London Premier League club, Crystal Palace, on loan, until the end of the season.
The move was concluded so late that even the Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson, admitted the first he knew it had been done was when he awoke on Friday morning.
For Batshuayi, it is the chance to resurrect a career that has stalled with the 25-year-old having returned from his half season with Valencia having scored just 1 goal in 15 appearances.
Indeed, when you consider Chelsea paid in excess of £30 million for the player then the fact that he has scored just 7 goals in 32 Premier League appearances for us, doesn’t look particularly impressive.
However, here at Vital Chelsea, we’d like to take the opportunity to wish Michy well in his new surroundings, there’s talent there but it just needs nurturing, perhaps Roy Hodgson is just the man to do it.
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