While most players are struggling to win spots in starting line-ups, Romelu Lukaku is having a hard time staying put at one club.
Since arriving in England two years ago, the Belgian has featured for three different Premier League sides.
Chelsea purchased Lukaku for around €12 million from Belgian side Anderlecht in 2011. He was constantly referred to as 'the new Didier Drogba', but the 20-year-old had a less than impressive first season in west London.
Although a Belgian international, he was forced to play with the Chelsea reserves. In August of 2012, Lukaku was loaned out to Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion for a full season.
Things turned around for the young striker at the Hawthorns, where he scored 17 goals and played a major role for Steve Clarke’s side.
He was a significant nuisance to Manchester United during Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge, where Lukaku scored a hat-trick and helped the Baggies earn a 5-5 draw with the Red Devils.
When word that the 'Special One' was returning to the Bridge, Lukaku could not wait to take his impressive form back to Chelsea and finally earn his spot as their leading man.
Many supported Lukaku to succeed and he did have an excellent pre-season, but he soon began falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho.
During the Super Cup final between Chelsea and European champions Bayern Munich, Lukaku stepped up to take the fifth penalty and kicked the ball straight into the arms of goalkeeper Manuel Neur.
It was a devastating day for Chelsea, especially for the young Belgian, and he soon
discovered that he was not needed at the club.
Lukaku was subsequently loaned out to Everton for a full season. Although it's early days, Lukaku has already netted three times for the Toffees and continues to flourish away from Chelsea.
Lukaku is Chelsea’s property, but his success seems to blossom outside of Stamford Bridge. So should the massive striker continue to try and impress his mother club?
He is still very young but the constant movement from club to club is going to not only affect his development as a class player, but his confidence too.
Confidence is the most important thing for a striker. Confidence to run into the box, to beat his man and fire on target.
If Chelsea aren’t giving Lukaku the attention he needs, and most importantly the confidence, he should hand in a transfer request and make a giant step forward in his career.
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