While some loan moves tend to work out well for players, sometimes they go the opposite way and are a complete disaster.
Michy Batshuayi’s move to Valencia last summer certainly falls into the latter’s bracket.
The Belgian had impressed on loan at Borussia Dortmund the previous year, and Chelsea were hoping for the same to happen in Spain.
Instead, he managed three goals in 23 games for the La Liga side and was sent back to Chelsea in January, spending the second half of the campaign at Crystal Palace.
This evening sees Batshuayi potentially meet Valencia in the Champions League, with Chelsea hosting them at Stamford Bridge, and newspaper Plaza Deportiva took the opportunity to look back at his time in Spain.
They describe Batshuayi as a ‘fiasco signing’ and say his short stint can only be described as ‘a real disappointment’.
The Belgian arrived at the club as a star player but only lasted four months before being shipped back, a decision that was ‘best’ for all parties.
It was then manager Marcelino, who recently left the club, who made that decision, with it claimed he grew ‘tired’ of Batshuayi.
The newspaper says the Belgian striker was more interested in his own game than helping to improve the collective, who were in ‘lousy’ form at the time, and that irritated Marcelino.
The Belgian striker is now back at Chelsea looking to impress Frank Lampard, but has yet to feature in the manager’s starting lineup this season, coming off the bench twice in the Premier League, totalling 19 minutes of football.