Batshuayi's former coach claims striker 'gets too many long balls'

Michy Batshuayi’s former coach claims the striker ‘must be able to fly’ at Crystal Palace because he ‘gets too many long balls’ as he tries to explain Belgium star’s struggles… including how Antonio Conte ‘put him in a straitjacket’ at Chelsea

  • Michy Batshuayi’s former coach says striker isn’t suited to Crystal Palace’s style 
  • Batshuayi has struggled to find the net for Palace while on loan this season
  • Mircea Rednic also criticised Antonio Conte’s handling of Batshuayi at Chelsea 

Michy Batshuayi has been given ‘too many long balls’ at Crystal Palace according to his former coach.

Mircea Rednic, who coached Batshuayi when he was a young prospect at Standard Liege, believes that Palace’s style of play doesn’t suit the striker and says he ‘must be able to fly’. 

Batshuayi is in his second loan spell at Palace, having previously spent time at Selhurst Park two seasons ago. 

Michy Batshuayi’s ex-coach says he ‘must be able to fly’ as he gets so many long balls at Palace

Mircea Rednic, who coached Batshuayi at Standard Liege, criticised Crystal Palace’s style

During his latest loan, Batshuayi has made five appearances for Palace, while he has provided two assists but has yet to score.

Rednic also stated that Antonio Conte put Batshuayi ‘in a straightjacket’ with his coaching methods at Chelsea.

‘Michy must be able to fly,’ Mircea told De Standaard.

‘At the time at Chelsea, Antonio Conte put him in a straightjacket with many running lines and assignments. That does not work.

‘Just like he now gets too many long balls at Crystal Palace that he has to keep up with. Give him freedom.’

Rednic criticised ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte for limiting Batshuayi with his playing style

Batshuayi scored a brace for Belgium in their 2-1 victory against Switzerland in a friendly this week. 

In addition to his spells at Palace, Batshuayi has also spent time on loan at Borussia Dortmund and Valencia whilst at Chelsea.

He has scored 25 goals in 77 games for the Blues, but the arrival of Timo Werner in the summer pushed Batshuayi further down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. 

Batshuayi’s contract at Chelsea runs until 2022 but it seems rather unlikely that he will have a long-term future at the club.

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