After moving to Borussia Dortmund on loan during the January transfer window, Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi appears to be enjoying his football again and has now scored five goals during his past three games.
The fringe Blues frontman has spoken about his frustration at having to sit on the bench at Chelsea this season, despite the fact that he proved that he could score goals – he managed ten in all competitions for Antonio Conte, those mainly coming as a substitute.
After Alvaro Morata struggled for form during the December-January period, Conte ultimately decided that he would look for a new striker rather than show faith in Batshuayi’s ability to lead the line.
Conte was so desperate for a new striker that he even, according to reports, considered moves for Andy Caroll, Ashley Barnes and Peter Crouch. In the end, Conte ended up signing Olivier Giroud from Arsenal and Dortmund managed to land Batshuayi on loan as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who joined Arsenal.
Batshuayi back in contention for World Cup
If Batshuayi carries on with his current form, he could end up winning a place in the Belgian squad that will travel to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
For the sake of his own career, Batshuayi should aim to stay at Dortmund as he seems to be happier there and if recent reports are to be believed, Chelsea could offer him to Dortmund at the end of the season in a bid to land young American sensation Christian Pulisic, who has become a star.
When discussing his future, Batshuayi said: “I don’t know [if Conte was watching]. They are concentrating on the Premier League, FA Cup, and have an important Champions League tie next week. I hope it turns out well for them.
“I’m not thinking about returning. For me, it’s important to perform well for Borussia Dortmund in every match. I’ll deal with the situation as it comes.”