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Romelu Lukaku facing defining season

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Romelu Lukaku has been sent on a season-long loan to Everton after the Toffees sold Victor Anichebe to West Bromwich.

Lukaku will fill his place and Roberto Martinez will try to get the best out of him in what is the most crucial season in his young career.

Lukaku's has experienced a lot of ups and downs in his two-year stay - Anderlecht gave him a chance to make a big step forward to Chelsea as he scored 33 goals in 73 appearances.

At Chelsea, under Andre Villas-Boas' guidance, Lukaku wasn't given any big opportunities and a year later under Roberto Di Matteo, he was sent on a season-long loan to West Bromwich, where he was a major factor in the Baggies' success.

Lukaku has scored an amazing 17 goals in 35 appearances, 15 of those appearances came as a substitute, Clarke used the Belgian's speed and strength to make his team's counter-attacks more ruthless.

Lukaku looked like a proper replacement for Didier Drogba but after only featuring as a substitute three times, Mourinho preferred to send the big Belgian on a season-long loan to Everton, where he will try to fight off Roberto Martinez's favourite in Arouna Kone and Nikica Jelavic.

If Lukaku plays week-in week-out he will have a much better chance of getting a call-up to the Belgium World Cup squad, which is something that will be important for his confidence.

Playing every week at Everton will aid his development much better than it would have been at a striker-packed Chelsea.

A failure to impress at Everton, or not playing every week, could see him sent on loan again next season, so this is possibly the most important year for Lukaku if his desire is to eventually become the main man at Chelsea.

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