Michy Batshuayi is set to return to Chelsea after Spanish club Valencia decided to terminate his loan spell.
The Belgian international had a fairly unsuccessful spell with the La Liga side, scoring just three goals from 23 appearances in all competitions.
After mainly being used off the bench after arriving at Chelsea from Marseille in 2016, Batshuayi was sent on loan to Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund during the second half of last season.
He was fairly successful in Germany, where he scored several goals from 10 Bundesliga appearances.
Valencia Sporting director Mateu Alemany said, as quoted by the BBC: “The player knows [of his departure] and we hope that it can be solved soon for the good of all parties.”
During his time with the Chelsea first team previously, Batshuayi scored moments of brilliance on his way to fire in 19 goals for the club from 53 appearances in all competitions.
He was, however, never able to overtake the club’s then first-choice forward Diego Costa in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Batshuayi’s return could be a blessing in disguise for the Blues. They should consider giving him a second chance to impress. Due to the inabilities of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud to find the back of the net regularly this season, he should be given opportunities up front for the club during the second half of the season.
When Batshuayi arrived at Chelsea, there were high expectations on him and many even compared him to club legend Didier Drogba. At 25-years-old, Batshuayi is still young and has plenty of quality. He may have not done well during his time with Valencia but did display his quality during the stint with Dortmund.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri must not sell or loan out Batshuayi again this month but instead integrate him into the first team for the rest of the season.