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  • April 13, 2021

Exclusive: Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson pleased Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi repaid his faith with goal against Everton after ‘lack of trust’ comments from striker

 Exclusive: Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson pleased Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi repaid his faith with goal against Everton after ‘lack of trust’ comments from striker


Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was pleased Michy Batshuayi did his talking on the pitch and repaid his faith against Everton.

The Belgium striker, who has started just seven Premier League games in his second loan spell with the Eagles, came off the bench to net an 86th-minute goal in a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Monday.

Batshuayi has scored more goals for Belgium (six) than for Crystal Palace (2) this season

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Batshuayi has scored more goals for Belgium (six) than for Crystal Palace (2) this season

During the March international break, Batshuayi had appeared to criticise Hodgson for his treatment at Palace as he suggested Belgium boss Roberto Martinez treated him differently.

After scoring in an 8-0 thrashing of Belarus last week, he said: “I get a breath of renewed energy when I come into the national team, because it’s very hard for me at my club.

“The coach, the team members and the system are different from that at Palace. With the Red Devils, I feel a lot of trust from the coach; trust that I do not get there [at Palace].”

Hodgson was not too happy with those remarks, telling the Chelsea loanee to ‘be careful’ – but he was not surprised by them and did not hold it against him.

Having brought him on at Goodison, his faith was repaid when Batshuayi scored just two minutes after his introduction.

In his post-match press conference, Hodgson said of the 27-year-old’s complaints: “He scored a goal, which was important. He has to be very pleased with that and we are pleased with it.

Batshuayi did his parent club Chelsea a favour by denting Everton’s top four hopes

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Batshuayi did his parent club Chelsea a favour by denting Everton’s top four hopes

“When players go on international duty and they’ve just scored a goal for their national team and they are asked how it is at Palace as they are not playing a lot, it would be a surprise to me if he didn’t make the comments he did.

“Since he came back he has been in good spirits and contributed well in training sessions, which has given me the faith to put him on tonight to see what he could do for us and luckily he has repaid that faith.

“It is good for me to know, going forward, Michy still has goals in him.”





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