The Next Chapter for Belgian Beast Lukaku
After two successful loan spells at West Brom and Everton, is it time for Romelu Lukaku to finally take stage as Chelsea’s number one forward?
The Belgium, who is currently playing at the World Cup, was signed by Chelsea in August 2011 for a fee of £18m. But since then, he has only appeared 10 times for the Blues in the league, with 5 other appearances in cup competitions.
In the 2012/13 season, Lukaku spent the season on loan at West Brom, where he appeared 38 times for the Baggies, scoring 17 goals; including a second half hat-trick against Manchester United in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever game as manager.
The following season, the striker spent his time at Goodison Park, where he made 33 appearances for Everton. Along the way, Lukaku scored 17 times, as Everton only just missed out of a Champions League place.
But with Chelsea’s strikers under-achieving under Jose Mourinho, is it time for Lukaku to be given chance to perform on the big stage?
They already have 3 world-class strikers with Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, but they only notched up 31 goals in all competitions between them, meaning Chelsea need more firepower up front.
However, with the signing of highly rated Spanish forward, Diego Costa, is Lukaku going to be a bench-warmer for Chelsea?
First of all, Chelsea normally play with the 4-3-2-1 formation, with Eden Hazard, Oscar and Andre Schurrle playing as the attacking players, with Samuel Eto’o up top on his own. So Diego Costa is bound to take over the role as the potential goal-scorer at Chelsea, which leaves Lukaku with the choice: Does he stay at Chelsea, and be second, third, fourth or even fifth choice striker? Or is he gonna seek another loan spell.
Well, at the age of only 21, the forward has more than enough years to be the best, so I think a loan spell at another Premier League club would be the best choice. However, the team must be in Europe. In February, Lukaku said he wanted to play Champion League football.
It is unlikely that Chelsea will let a young talent go out on loan to a fellow title contender, such as Liverpool, Arsenal or Manchester City, so a team like Hull City, Tottenham or maybe Everton again.