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Romelu Lukaku shows Mourinho what he's missing

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As Everton began to dismantle a floundering Newcastle last night, Jose Mourinho must have found it difficult to watch.

Though the eventual score was a far more respectable 3-2, Everton raced ahead in the first half to a 3-0 lead.

Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley showed their promise with the Belgian scoring two well-taken goals, as well as setting up the England youngster to score his second goal of the season.

With Mourinho's Chelsea travelling to Steaua Bucharest tonight in what is a must-win game for the Blues, the Portuguese must be ruing the decision to loan the in-form youngster to Everton this season.

Lukaku spent last season on loan at West Brom, scoring 17 league goals in the process. Many pundits and fans agreed that Lukaku - immensely strong and clinical - was ready to step up to a regular first-team place at Stamford Bridge.

However, after only appearing twice for the Blues before the transfer window closed, the Belgian was loaned out to Roberto Martinez's Everton side. The Spanish manager must be amazed that Chelsea ever let him go, considering the fact that he has now scored three goals in two games for the Toffees.

With Fernando Torres facing a potential retrospective three game suspension following his scratch on Jan Vertonghen that was not seen by the referee during the game, Mourinho will be mulling over which striker to put into the first 11 tonight.

Despite Torres showing at the weekend that he is playing well, Mourinho will be wary of the effect that the potential punishment will have on the Spaniard, given that the decision could come only hours before kick-off tonight.

If Torres is not considered to be in the right frame of mind to start, Mourinho is restricted to a choice of Samuel Eto'o or Demba Ba. Neither of the two strikers have scored this season; their poor form has contributed to Chelsea's meagre 5th place in the Premier League table.

Lukaku - with his strength - would have been the perfect player to start against the tough tackling Romanian champions. Instead, Mourinho has been left with a selection headache that will extend far beyond tonight's important Champions League group game.

No recall clause was inserted into the Belgian's contract and consequently, he cannot be recalled from Everton until his loan expires at the end of the season. It will only take an injury to one or more of the remaining strikers and Chelsea will be potentially left in crisis.

Whatever happens, Lukaku is clearly happy at his temporary abode. In top form and surrounded by good young players, he may decide that Everton is a better place for him on a permanent basis.

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