Romelu Lukaku has been a bit of an enigma since he joined the Blues in August 2011 from Belgian side Anderlecht but this is mainly because he has been starved of opportunities with the Blues first team, spending most of the 2011-2012 season playing for the reserves. At the beginning of this season he agreed a year long loan deal with West Brom after complaining bitterly about the lack of chances he was expecting with the first team.
Well Lukaku has certainly been delivering for West Brom this season and tonight was no exception as he terrorised the Liverpool defense after replacing midfielder Graham Dorrans and topped it all off with an awesome goal, as he proceeded to beat Pepe Reina with a thumping finish into the corner of the goal, after James Morrison put him in on goal. It was his 10th Premier League goal of the season and the icing on the cake for his team’s win over Liverpool.
Lukaku was virtually unplayable on the night and his hold-up play was key as West Brom tried to maintain possession and kill off the game after going ahead through a Gareth McAuley header with 10 minutes left. You could not help but think of Blues legend Didier Drogba, as you watched Lukaku dominate proceedings with his physical presence and his goal was sheer class and he knew it as he went to gloat with the traveling West Brom support at Anfield. The Belgian forward had several chances on goal on the night and looked threatening each time he got the ball, so his goal came as no surprise.
Lukaku has recently been saying positive things about Chelsea and how he is looking forward to returning to Stamford Bridge and on this kind of form Fernando Torres should be a little concerned as with an in-form Demba Ba and a Drogba-esque Romelu Lukaku to choose from he may find his chances reduced as the starting Chelsea centre-forward next season.