With less than four months until the World Cup starts, Roberto Martinez still has plenty to think about when it comes to the final 23 players he will take to Russia. His “biggest problem” will be the offensive line, especially now when Michy Batshuayi is perfectly settling at his new club, scoring five goals in his first four appearances. The 24-year-old decided to leave Chelsea this winter on loan to Borussia Dortmund and so far it seems as a perfect decision. The former Olympic Marseille hitman was always ready at Chelsea, according to Roberto Martinez, but the competition in the No 9 role was fierce, so he had to go in order to secure his World Cup spot.
Given the fact that the Belgian attacker did manage to score 10 goals for the Blues despite the fact that he lacked regular game time, and taking under consideration that he netted five goals in only four appearances at Borussia Dortmund, the question remains whether Chelsea jumped the gun by allowing him to leave. The fans are far from happy with his departure, but the former Standard Liege forward certainly seems happy and free.
The former Everton and Swansea coach recently stated that he was is impressed with what he had seen from Batshuayi so far in Germany and that the striker was firmly back in contention. Martinez feels that Michy Batshuayi has finally found a club where he can have a big role and influence the team. He scored a brace on his debut against Cologne, while netting one in the win against Hamburg. His second brace came in the Europa League clash with Atalanta.
Of course, the competition for the No 9 spot in Belgium squad is also fierce, with Romelu Lukaku, Christian Benteke and Divock Origi battling for their World Cup tickets, but it seems that Batshuayi can start packing his bags and enjoy the Russian summer. In the last two games of the World Cup qualifying group, he added a goal and an assist to his tally and has so far netted five goals in thirteen appearances for Belgium.