After playing second fiddle to Diego Costa and then Alvaro Morata during his time at Chelsea, Michy Batshuayi is finally finding his stride on-loan at Dortmund.
The Belgian got the chance to head to Germany when Arsenal signed former Dortmund man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and in turn, Chelsea signed Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.
With eight goals in 11 games for his new side, the Dortmund fans have quickly taken to the 24-year-old and it appears as though they may try and go for a permanent deal at the end of the season.
However, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the Twitter-loving forward in Germany and Dortmund exited the Europa League after doing battle with Red Bull Salzburg in the knockout stages.
Prior to that, Dortmund had squeezed past Serie A side Atalanta, but not without controversy. Batshuayi said after the 1-1 second leg draw that he heard “monkey noises in the stands”.
Uefa fined 34,000 euros for fireworks, thrown objects and blocked stairways and although they originally opened an investigation looking into the claimed racism, they announced of Thursday the case was closed.
Batshuayi responded to the governing body’s decision on Twitter and his response went viral:
To be fair, Dortmund were also fined 40,000 euros for the setting off of fireworks and objects being thrown objects during the fixture in Italy. It’s pretty ludicrous that Dortmund could be fined more than Atalanta and this episode has been swept under the rug.
Although kicking racism out of the game remains a high priority for many, too often seemingly obvious cases end up unresolved and justice is not served.
Back to on the pitch matters, Batshuayi has been flying for Dortmund and fans have begun to call Mario Götze, Marco Reus, Andre Schürrle and himself the fantastic four’.
“I’ve seen some talk about that online and I find it funny,” Batshuayi said. “It’s nice for all concerned: the Dortmund supporters are really pleased with us and we’re happy too. We’re eager to keep working hard and things like this fire our motivation to continue playing well and scoring goals. When everyone is happy, that makes it a nice environment to work in. Long may it continue.”
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