When it was clear that Michy Batshuayi wouldn’t be featuring in Maurizio Sarri’s plans at Chelsea, the Belgian forward took some time to decide where he wanted to go.
After a successful loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, the fan favourite opted to try his luck out in Spain, where Valencia were the most insistent in acquiring his services.
However, since his arrival, things haven’t gone to plan, as the 25-year-old has only started seven games from a potential 15, and, despite being very prolific in Germany, he’s only found the back of the net once in the league so far.
Only coming off the bench during the last three league games, Batshuayi stock dropped even more midweek when he didn’t even set foot on the pitch against Young Boys in the Champions League.
If that wasn’t enough, Valencia manager Marcelino has gone one step further for this weekend’s clash against Getafe, leaving the Chelsea loanee out of the squad entirely, deciding to go with Santi Mina up front instead.
In a press conference, relayed by El Mundo, he explained the decision was a ‘technical’ one, because they ‘consider that his output is better than that of another teammate [Batshuayi]”.
This isn’t how everyone envisioned the loan deal going, but there’s a long way to go, including an international break where the forward can get his head down and show his manager he deserves to be picked.