It hasn’t quite worked out for Michy Batshuayi yet at Chelsea.
The Belgian striker has scored 19 times for the Blues in 53 appearances since joining in 2016, but has spent the past year away from the club on loan at Borussia Dortmund and Valencia, while he is now back in the Premier League with Crystal Palace , who he has joined on loan until the end of the season.
But while the 25-year-old has found his opportunities limited at Chelsea under different managers, he has still popped up with some crucial goals for the club, including the one to clinch the Premier League title at West Bromwich Albion for Antonio Conte’s side in May 2017.
And he has recalled how he felt scoring that goal for the Blues in an interview with Palace TV .
“The feeling: I can’t explain this moment, but it is the best moment in my world, I think,” he said.
His comments should go down well with Chelsea fans, who are yet to really see the best of him at Stamford Bridge.
But Palace manager Roy Hodgson says he is hoping that the 25-year-old can put his disappointing spell on loan at Valencia behind him, and show that he can be a success in the Premier League.
“It is one fairly short period [at Valencia], but to be fair to him, he has moved around, and he has shown he doesn’t just want to be part of a squad and earning his money, he wants to go and play football,” said Hodgson.
“He has shown that by leaving Chelsea to play at Dortmund, and then Valencia, and then again when it perhaps has been made clear to him that he wouldn’t be the first name on the team sheet.
“He doesn’t have anything to prove to me. I know that he is a very good player and that he scores goals, and is the type of player we are looking for.
“His CV is very good and I am sure he will be looking to add to that CV, and put the first six months of this season behind him when perhaps it hasn’t gone as well as he would have liked.
“But if he had been doing well at Valencia, and had scored 15 goals in 22 games there, we might not be seeing him here at Palace, so maybe we should be grateful it didn’t go so well at Valencia.”
Meanwhile, Batshuayi has outlined his hopes for his time at Palace, adding that he is hungry to do well and be a success with the Eagles.
“I just want to say I am very happy to come here. I will do my best and I am hungry to score the goals,” he said.
“I will do my best here. I am very happy.”