Newcastle were linked with Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi back in the summer of 2013 when then Director of Football Joe Kinnear was supposed to be looking at him as a potential buy for Newcastle.
There were reports while he was still at Standard Liege as a 19 year-old in that summer that he would cost Newcastle £3M – but we didn’t sign him, but that hasn’t stopped the club remaining interested in the player.
Michy Batshuayi – 22 year-old Belgium International
However, he is now said to be worth £22M so that a lot more than £3M, but with the status of Newcastle at the moment in a perilous position 4th bottom with the two clubs below us – Sunderland and Bournemouth – just one point behind us – we could still go for him in January.
However, there’s no way to know how he would immediately play in the Premier League since he is unproven at the top level.
We also assume Newcastle will want to bring players in who can make an immediate impact at the club – even though that’s not the official policy on transfers at Newcastle.
That policy is to sign young players whose value will increase and we can then sell them at a healthy profit in later years.
The players we brought in over the summer are still struggling to come to terms with English football and that’s after more than three months into the season.
We’ll see who comes in during January, but if we are in trouble Newcastle may want to sign British players who have some experience in the Premier League – if we want to survive this season.
Michy Batshuayi is now at Marseille after joining the French club in the summer of 2014 from Standard Liege.
Michy was born in Brussels and is having a good season in France having scored 10 goals in 17 total appearances this season.
While at Standard Liege for three seasons he played a total of 120 games with 44 goals and 13 assists and the striker is also being tracked by Arsenal and Spurs and he will not come cheap with a price tag of £22M.
Batshuayi is eligible to play for the DR Congo national team because of his parents, but in March os this year he elected to represent Belgium.
He made his international debut for Belgium in March in a Euro 2016 qualifying match against Cyprus and replaced Christian Benteke in the second half in that game.
We’re not sure this lad would be a good signing for Newcastle – not in January anyway.
What do you think?