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On Sunday afternoon Chelsea completed the signing of Michy Batshuayi, a Belgian international who was playing for Marseille in France last season.

Nicknamed “Batsman”, Batshuayi is of Congolese origin, but was born and raised in Brussels.

He struggled to settle at clubs in the early part of his career before making his first-team debut at Standard Liege aged 18.

An impressive 39 goals in 97 Belgian Pro League games followed during a three-year spell, including 21 in his final season.

His impressive form earned him a £4.5m to Marseille in July 2014 and he has not looked back. In his 49 appearances last season, he scored 22 goals and registered nine assists across all competitions.

He scored 17 goals in Ligue 1 last term, making him the third-top scorer in the league.

Batshuayi’s stats are even more impressive because he was playing in a struggling Marseille team last season.

His style of play

Batshuayi’s deadly finishing is what made Chelsea pay £33 million for him. He can use both feet and his dribbling ability has left defences all over France in tatters.

He may be only 5ft 11in, but he possesses the upper-body strength to win physical battles with centre-halves.

His style has drawn comparisons with another Marseille and Chelsea favourite – Didier Drogba.

One perceived weakness could be his lack of experience at the top level. He has had only one season as Marseille’s first-choice striker so may find the rough and tumble of the Premier League too much to handle.

He has never played in the Champions League, but it appears he has the tools to play at that level as long as he stays hungry to learn and improve.

What they say

Marseille president Vincent Labrune:

“There is not a single top-15 world club that is not interested in Batshuayi. He is one of the most wanted players on the market.”

“There were a lot of offers for him this summer, but he didn’t want to leave. He’s proving himself on the pitch, and if clubs want him then they are going to have to pay around €50m.”

Former team-mate Florian Thauvin:

“He has a very good state of mind, he is respectful and works hard. It’s not easy to not get excited, and I find it really cool, and it shows a strong personality.”

And, most importantly, how do you pronounce his name?

Repeat after me… Mi-shee Bat-sh-wah-yee.

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