The three reasons Chelsea will struggle to offload Michy Batshuayi despite interest from Leeds

Manchester United at home in the Carabao Cup last October. It was the early stages of the second half and Chelsea fans across Stamford Bridge were calling on Frank Lampard to make the change.

Michy Batshuayi had struggled up against Harry Maguire and with Tammy Abraham on the bench, supporters were getting fed up with the Belgian’s lack of influence.

Abraham was sent out to warm up, his appearance along the touchline warmly received, but Lampard stuck by his starter for a while longer.

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Then, from nowhere, a piece of magic.

Batshuayi won an aerial ball about eight yards inside Chelsea’s half, knocking it forwards before turning and driving at a high United line. The visiting defence could not get close and from just over 20 yards he sent a low strike into the bottom right corner.

Stamford Bridge erupted, the fans calling for Batshuayi’s removal now celebrating his equaliser.

United, inspired by a wonderful Marcus Rashford free kick, progressed and, really, it was the last good thing those Chelsea fans have seen from a man who cost £33million in the summer of 2016.

Moments such as that goal, or the winners away to Atletico Madrid or Ajax in the Champions League, have been too rarely seen for such a fee.

The infuriating thing with Batshuayi is that the talent is so obviously there but he has been held back by inconsistency and a lack of sharpness without the ball.

That is also one of three reasons why, despite no prospect of a role under Lampard, Chelsea may struggle to offload in this window.

The other two are financial: a six-figure weekly wage and the 26-year-old being in the last year of his deal.

Leeds United are the latest club linked with taking him on loan, presumably because he played for Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille (although that was hardly the most perfect relationship).

But that would likely be on loan as the Yorkshire side…


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