Entries in Romelu Lukaku (37)
For as long as we have had Roman Abramovich at the helm, we will be linked with strikers when the transfer windows open, and this summer should prove now exception.
Lukaku has had a stunning season at West Brom; banging in 17 goals in 35 league matches, with 15 of these appearances coming from the bench.
With Ba and Torres performing rather poorly in the league, most fans would be keen on welcoming Lukaku back into the frame for the 2013/14 season. But the question is, would he?
The Senegal international has long been linked with a move away from St. James' Park as a result of a release clause, thought to be around £7.5m, inserted into his contract from when he left West Ham United.
When a player is dubbed the next star, regularly they fail to live up to expectations. We’ve seen the next Diego Maradona, Pele and Zinedine Zidane come and go and it’s only now that the former duo finally have two stars fans are willing to call their natural heir. Then there is the man believed to follow in the footsteps of ex-Chelsea front-man Romelu Lukaku.
The powerful Belgian is currently on loan with West Bromwich Albion for the season having signed for the Blues 18 months ago. However, after initially failing to make an impact, his time at Hawthorns has seen fans finally bear witness the full potential of the teenage startlet.
When things have been going right for us this season, they have been going fantastically. We beat both Spurs and Arsenal on their own patches, have been scoring for fun, and so far, have won seven games from nine in the league.
However, it doesn’t take a genius to work out where we are struggling. Just Torres and Sturridge remain our out-and-out forwards, whilst Romelu Lukaku enjoys a decent loan spell in the Midlands, with West Bromwich Albion.
Didier Drogba left, after firing Chelsea to a FA Cup and Champions League double, Fernando Torres couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo, and around 73 strikers were linked with a move to the Bridge.
Skip forward a few months, and Fernando Torres produced a cameo role to fire Spain to European glory, and everyone has suddenly remembered the £18m Belgian we acquired last season.
With former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas taking charge of Tottenham today, there are rumours that he is interested in taking Daniel Sturridge along with him as one of his first signings.
There is talk of a £10m bid being lodged, as AVB is apparently going to be given a £70m warchest to work with once Luka Modric has been sold. With us being in the market for Modric, could this work for us and could be negotiate a Sturridge + £ for him to join us? Im sure we will find out in time.
Andre Villas-Boas is believed to be keen on signing Everton’s impressive youngster Jack Rodwell.
Drogba, Malouda, Kalou and Bosingwa are all players who should leave Chelsea in the next transfer window, with Raul Meireles and Lukaku being sent out on loan to make way for new players.
The two clubs meet for the second time in ten days, with a place in the Carling Cup semi final is up for grabs for the winner.
After struggling with this season both domestically and in Europe Villarreal boss Juan Carlos Garrido is keen to sign Lukaku on loan in January.
The Blues get their League Cup campaign started with a home game against neighbors Fulham on Wednesday night.
With Chelsea’s first Carling Cup match of the season creeping upon them, preparation is in order for Andre Villas-Boas’ men to get the Manchester United result out of their system and build upon their impressive display.
The big question is: HOW FAR CAN CHELSEA GO???
Young stars Josh McEachran and Romelu Lukaku could be sent out on loan in January if they do not get enough first-team action this season.