When striker Romelu Lukaku was signed by then Chelsea boss, Andre Villas-Boas, in August 2011 for a fee of £10 million, expectations were high. However, there was no scope for regular first-team action for the youngster due to the stature of a certain Didier Drogba, who led the attack for the Blues at the time.
Lukaku played just 8 matches for Chelsea, with no goals, worrying the Bridge faithful. Drogba left Stamford Bridge a year later, and Lukaku had big shoes to fill, with the dismal form of star striker Fernando Torres.
According to Metro, the 19-year old, who was compared to Drogba due to his physique and style of play when bought from Anderlecht, was then sent on loan to West Bromwich Albion to gain experience and first team football.
The Belgian international has made full use of his chance on loan, and has scored 14 league goals this season for the side managed by former Blues coach, Steve Clarke. Torres has not yet overcome his bad run of form, with the Spaniard scoring half the number of goals compared to Lukaku’s 14 in the Barclays Premier League, despite playing more matches. Looking further at the attack-line, winter signing Demba Ba has also failed to find form, scoring just two goals in 12 appearances in the league.
The question hence arises, where do the Blues get their goals from?
The answer is the mid-field. Frank Lampard, who was rumored to leave the club in the summer, is the top scorer with 13 league goals. Winger Eden Hazard and technical-wizard Juan Mata have had to play as makeshift strikers, adding 19 league goals together.
With the imminent arrival of Jose Mourinho as the manager in the summer, Lukaku could be the answer in the striking department at the Bridge. The Belgian international’s unique combination of strength, pace and finishing sets the stage for him next season. The striker’s talent has not gone unnoticed, with his compatriot, and captain of the national side Vincent Kompany praising his ability.
The Manchester City skipper said, “Romelu is probably one of the biggest talents in Europe at the moment.”
“I am looking forward to playing against him. He will be a world beater in England very soon.”
Will Chelsea put their faith in Lukaku or will they make a big money signing or two?