Batshuayi vows to give Palace his 'best'
New boy Michy Batshuayi enjoyed an immediate impact on his Crystal Palace debut against Fulham and vowed to give the club "my best".
The striker, who arrived on loan from Chelsea shortly before the conclusion on Thursday of the January transfer window, had only been on the pitch for five minutes when he created a shooting opportunity to test Sergio Rico, ultimately leading to Jeffrey Schlupp's 87th-minute tap-in as Palace won 2-0.
He finally met his new manager Roy Hodgson late on Friday afternoon, having previously been on loan at Valencia.
It was in Spain, similarly to at parent club Chelsea and in contrast to his time with Borussia Dortmund, Marseille and Standard Liege, where Batshuayi struggled to impress.
Fittingly, the lack of a consistent goalscorer has been Palace's biggest weakness this season, given their organised defence, and Batshuayi told his new club's official website: "I'm going to bring as much as I can to help the team win and get some game time to be at my best.
"(The win over Fulham was) very important. It's good for the team and for me. I feel good but I need to train with the team so to have the whole team together will be something that's good.
"I spent one day (with them) before training and with the coach."
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