Villa to do battle with Palace over Batshuayi

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Over the last few days, various news outlets have stated that Aston Villa are interested in a possible deal involving Chelsea and Belgium forward, Michy Batshuayi.

The story all seems to come from the French website, Foot Mercato. They claim that the Belgium international is unhappy at the lack of game time since Tammy Abraham has now made that striker position his own, since his loan spell with Aston Villa last season.

Batshuayi has really struggled under Frank Lampard, making just 12 appearances, with all of them coming off the substitutes bench. Reports suggest that Chelsea are open to the forward leaving.

Despite costing Chelsea £35million in 2016, he has failed to make any real impact at the club. The 26-year-old has already had loan spells with Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace.

Should Villa sign Batshuayi?

Batshuayi would take the pressure off WesleyThis isn’t the first and it certainly won’t be the last time we are linked with a striker during January. It is clear that Villa needs an alternative to Wesley – more so now as unconfirmed reports suggest he has been ruled out for the remainder of the season through injury.

I have read various reports from news outlets and so-called ‘In the knows’ on social media and this one doesn’t seem to be going away at the moment. The problem is, some of the reports suggest Crystal Palace would welcome him back to Selhurst Park also.

The striker scored 6 in 13 appearances while with Palace and may opt to stay in London. It appears any move will be a loan deal with a view to a permanent deal, which would suit Villa with their Premier League status for next season still unknown.

Alternative options

Strikers are hard to come by, especially players who could do a job in the Premier League. Batshuayi knows what is required of him in this league so I would be open to a move – IF there is any truth in any of these stories.

Another option, according to reports in the Mail, is Josh Maja. The former Sunderland striker now plays in France for Bordeaux but is relatively unproven in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old has scored 6 goals in 15 appearances so far this season but Villa has made a big deal about buying young to improve and potentially make a profit on any signings.

Would they potentially take another risk on another unproven striker or will they go all out for Batshyuayi as some reports suggest?

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