As the transfer window slammed shut last night, it seemed almost too quiet at Stamford Bridge.
While rivals Manchester United and Arsenal were busy signing Marouane Fellaini and Mesut Ozil respectively, Chelsea only made one move: loaning budding talent Romelu Lukaku to Everton.
The move has left many Chelsea fans scratching their heads and looking for a valid reason why the club gave away their most promising attacking talent.
As fans struggle to comprehend Jose Mourinho’s decision, perhaps they should look at the facts: Mourinho knows what he is doing, Lukaku desired first-team football, and Demba Ba’s refusal to move to a non-Champions League club all explain why the big Belgian will wear a different Blue this season.
Mourinho, as any decent manager should, knows exactly how and when he plans on using his players. Lukaku was likely to be third string even before the arrival of Samuel Eto’o.
Mourinho knows that as a developing player, Lukaku needs to play to improve. His chance to play at Chelsea would have been minimal, so the best way to get the young man playing time was to allow him to move to another club.
Given that, Lukaku would have struggled to play at Stamford Bridge, the player also had an eye towards next year’s World Cup.
With Christian Benteke also on the Belgium roster, Lukaku will have to prove that he deserves to play over his countryman.
The likelihood of both playing together is minuscule, given their similar style of play. His only way to ensure playing time to prove his worth to Marc Wilmots, is away from SW6.
The main reason Lukaku was loaned is simple; either he or Ba had to move. Ba refused to move to any club, and when a rumoured move to Arsenal collapsed, Lukaku had to be the player to move.
If fans want someone to blame for Lukaku’s departure, they only have to look to the Chelsea at Ba. Had he been willing to move to a club that is not a direct threat to Chelsea this
season, he would have been the one to go.
Not to be forgotten is Lukaku’s missed penalty against Bayern Munich. Rather than risk having another striker lacking in confidence, Chelsea are giving the young Belgian a chance to start his season anew, and forget his failure in Prague.
For now, Lukaku will have to prove his worth away from Chelsea.
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