Borussia Dortmund has announced the signing of Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea. So we talked to Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur who told us about the qualities and strengths of the young striker.
Kristof Terreur is an expert of Belgian football and he has been following the progress of Batshuayi for many years. He gave us some great insight into the strengths and characteristics of Batshuayi and what Borussia Dortmund fans should expect from him.
Terreur also told us whether Batshuayi will be able to adapt to the German Bundesliga and if Dortmund has any chance of keeping him beyond the end of the season.
Q. Can you tell us about some of the strengths and weaknesses in Michy Batshuayi’s game?
Michy is a natural finisher. Cool in the box. He’s at his best with two strikers, but he can cope on his own. When he gets confidence he will pay you back. He’s very agile, has a good technique and a good touch. Conte didn’t think he was tactically mature enough for his way of playing and that his movements weren’t clever enough. Michy lost all confidence, but kept on smiling. He’s a cheery, positive character, a really nice guy. Timekeeping is not his strongest point, but he will learn that in Germany.
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Q. Do you think Batshuayi will be able to adapt to the demands of the Bundesliga?
I think he will, but as he’s barely played 90 mins at a high level in the last 18 months he will need time to adapt. He’s been working hard in gym and on his fitness. You can never blame him [for] not putting in a shift.
Q. BVB do not have too many players like Eden Hazard and Pedro who can provide that high-quality service. Do you think Batshuayi will thrive despite that?
He’s shone with less quality players before, in Belgium (with Standard Liège) and in France (with Marseille). Once he has the confidence he can be flying high again. But that’s no guarantee.
Q. Do you think Borussia Dortmund have a chance of signing Batshuayi on a permanent deal next summer?
Chelsea still see potential in him. That is why they have loaned him out. When Conte leaves, the new manager might want to give him a chance. If he wants to join Dortmund on a permanent basis, he will have to push for it. Chelsea will always include a buy-back clause. They have learned their lesson with Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.
From the looks of it, Michy Batshuayi is a young striker with plenty of raw talent. Should BVB give him the confidence to perform, he could do incredibly well in Peter Stoger’s two-striker system. If he does well for BVB, chances are that this temporary alliance could be forged into a permanent one and that is far better than signing Olivier Giroud.
We are excited to see Batshuayi, and so should you.