Michy Batshuayi lashes out at Roy Hodgson for not ‘trusting’ him as much as Belgian boss Roberto Martinez and says life at Crystal Palace has been ‘very difficult’ as he admits playing for his country gives him ‘renewed energy’ .
- Michy Batshuayi has overtaken Crystal Palace after not getting regular minutes
- The striker has only started seven league games in the Premier League this season
- Batshuayi feels more ‘confidence’ with Belgium under manager Roberto Martinez
- He admits that life in Palace is ‘very difficult’, while Belgium is giving him a second life
Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi says playing for his national team is a relief as he feels he cannot be trusted at Crystal Palace.
Batshuayi has started this season with just seven Premier League games under Roy Hodgson, scoring just once, but was picked by national team boss Roberto Martinez on Tuesday in their World Cup qualifier against Belarus.
He scored the opening goal in their thumping 8-0 victory in Leuven and told reporters afterwards that the contrast between playing for club and country was great.
Michy Batshuayi (L) has hit Roy Hodgson over lack of ‘confidence’ in Crystal Palace
He has scored just seven starts this season, scoring just one goal in the Premier League
“I get a breath of renewed energy when I get into the national team because it’s very difficult for me at my club,” he said.
‘The club and the national team are different. The coach, team members and system are different from Palace.
‘I feel a lot of confidence from the coach at the Red Devils; trust I won’t get there (at Palace). We talk a lot with (Roberto) Martinez, even when I’m back at my club. I give 200% so as not to disappoint him. ‘
The 27-year-old has scored 22 goals in 33 internationals for Belgium, while scoring only seven in total during his two rental periods at Selhurst Park.
The forward feels ‘renewed energy’ playing for his country after struggling to win regular minutes at Selhurst Park
He is on loan to the Chelsea club, who took him over from Olympique Marseille in 2016 for a reported fee of £ 33 million, but has since been on loan to Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and then the Eagles.
Batshuayi has struggled to conquer regular football throughout his career, but it looked like he was finally going to get minutes under his belt after moving to South London, but the move didn’t go to plan.
Hodgson has a number of attack options to call upon, including talisman Wilfried Zaha, new hire Jean-Philippe Mateta, Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke.
He praised Roberto Martinez for keeping his faith in him despite falling out of favor with Palace
Batshuayi scored in the 8-0 defeat over Belarus, but couldn’t find any form for his club
He went through a target drought at the end of 2020 and did not score for his club at all from the start of the season in September until the new year, but managed to score five times for Belgium in the same period.
Batshuayi admitted he was baffled by his inability to replicate his international form in the Premier League.
‘Why do I score so easily here? That’s a question I ask myself, ”he said in November.
‘It’s a bit annoying, but I don’t think about the past, I’m moving forward. It shows that I have qualities, I have to try to perform well in the club as well as in the national team. ‘