Chelsea Football Club’s recent striker dilemma is transforming into a very serious matter, with a dismal Champions League campaign, along with inconsistent performances at both domestic and cup levels; the Blues are in dire need of a clinical goal scorer.
With the acquisition of Newcastle’s Demba Ba, Chelsea have taken a sure step in the right direction; however, with the Senegalese striker still not settled into Chelsea’s style of play, along with Fernando Torres’ recent dismal form, fans of Chelsea FC could soon be looking to the familiar face of Romelo Lukaku to finally bring some consistency upfront.
Lukaku joined the west London club in August of 2011. As stated in club media interviews, he was relishing the opportunity to play and train with one of the world's biggest and most successful clubs, in doing so realizing his boyhood dream.
However, due to the presence of Torres and club legend Drogba, Lukaku found it tough to break into the starting XI, and spent most of his playing days with the reserves. Restricted to cup games, the Belgian front man never fully got his true chance to show his worth.
Still, at the end of the 2012 season the future looked limitless for young Lukaku; accomplished Drogba was set for Shanghai Shenhua, leaving only him and out-of-form Torres in contention for the starting role. The pre season tour of the United States got off to the best possible start, with Lukaku linking up with newly signed teammate Eden Hazard with ease, by slotting two quick fire goals past Seattle Sounders in Chelsea’s first match of the new campaign.
After a good pre-season, a starting position in the first team beckoned for the 19-year-old from Antwerp; however as the new Premier League season launched, Fernando Torres, fresh off a EURO 2012 victory, finally began to find some form in front of goal, once again discarding Lukaku to bench.
After frequent rumours surrounding the young Belgium international's availability, a season-long loan deal was finalised for the striker to join fellow Premier League side, West Bromwich Albion, in order to gain much needed first-team experience.
Lukaku instantly began to thrive in his new surroundings, scoring just eight days after his arrival. Although he played second fiddle to first choice striker Shane Long, his stints off the bench have proved to be match winning ones for the Baggies.
At present time West Bromwich Albion lie 7th in the table, an outstanding feat for a team that suffered relegation the previous season. With Lukaku’s somewhat sumptuous form upon arrival in West Bromwich - 19 appearances and 9 goals thus far - Chelsea are surely going to keep tabs on their front man, and if form precedes, a starting position at Stanford Bridge is on the cards.
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