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Chelsea: Four strikers compared

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Jose Mourinho's decision to send Romelu Lukaku on loan to Everton for the season has confused many in recent weeks.

While Chelsea's remaining strikers are struggling to score goals – Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba have not scored a Premier League goal between them so far this season – Lukaku has been tearing it up at Goodison Park, with four goals in his first three appearances for the Toffees. Not to mention his impressive recent performances for the Belgium national team.

But was Mourinho right? Was Lukaku not quite ready for regular action at Stamford Bridge? Or should the Portuguese coach admit defeat, hold his hands up and admit he made a mistake?

Let's compare the club's four main strikers, including Lukaku.

Experience

Perhaps the main reason why Mourinho allowed Lukaku to leave on loan – and the main factor behind his decision to sign Eto'o - was the 20-year-old's lack of big-match experience.

But as the old saying goes: if you're good enough, you're old enough. And he proved at West Brom last season that he is more than good enough.

4. Romelu Lukaku
3. Demba Ba
2. Fernando Torres
1. Samuel Eto'o

Pace

In a 100m sprint between the four strikers, we'd take an educated guess and presume that Romelu Lukaku would come out on top.

Demba Ba has never been the quickest, while it's well-known that Torres's pace deserted him some time ago. Eto'o, meanwhile, may not be as quick as he was, but he's still very lively for a 32-year-old.

However, Lukaku looks the quickest of the bunch.

4. Demba Ba
3. Fernando Torres
2. Samuel Eto'o
1. Romelu Lukaku

Power

Not much of a contest, this one. Eto'o will struggle against the Premier League's strongest defenders this season, while Torres only possesses a reasonable amount of strength.

Ba is strong, but Lukaku is a beast. No defender in world football would relish playing against the young Belgian.

4. Samuel Eto'o
3. Fernando Torres
2. Demba Ba
1. Romelu Lukaku

Finishing

Just look at this season's Premier League top scorer charts – and last season's, too.

Eto'o has been playing in Russia for the last couple of years and seems to have left his shooting boots there; Ba scored two league goals in 14 appearances for the Blues last season, while Torres netted eight in 36 – although he did score a fairly impressive 22 goals from 64 matches in all competitions.

This season they haven't scored one Premier League goal between them, while Lukaku has already scored four goals in three games for Everton.

Oh, and he scored 17 Premier League goals for West Brom last season. Not bad, eh?

4. Demba Ba
3. Samuel Eto'o
2. Fernando Torres
1. Romelu Lukaku

Passing

All four of Chelsea's strikers can pass the ball, but Eto'o leads the way in terms of pass completion percentages, which is no real surprise considering he spent five years with Barcelona.

Lukaku and Ba are the only ones with Premier League assists to their names this season, although Lukaku's pass completion rate is superior to Ba's.

4. Demba Ba
3. Fernando Torres
2. Romelu Lukaku
1. Samuel Eto'o

Verdict: Romelu Lukaku is Chelsea's best striker.

Mourinho may insist that he has no regrets about letting Lukaku leave on loan – but the evidence suggests the Portuguese coach made an error in the summer.

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