Romelu Lukaku came to Chelsea as a young forward who was yet to cement himself as a quality threat in the Blues attack.
He was sent out on loan to refine his trade. He got first team playing time, valuable experience, and definitely improved into a legitimate forward threat.
Now many are questioning Jose Mourinho's decision to send him out on loan, as he has clearly surpassed Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o in terms of goals.
Lukaku looks like a player who can lead the line for a title challenging side, and he looks like a player who can provide the goals for a title winning team.
It has been the decision to send him out on loan for first team playing time, rather than keeping him at the club, that has allowed him to mature into the player that he is today.
This is an example that David Moyes needs to follow with Wilfried Zaha, as he looks to mold a raw talent into a world class star.
However, he can not just send him out to any club.
Moyes needs to find the club that will provide Zaha with guaranteed first team playing time at a high enough playing level so that Zaha can learn what it is like to play at the top.
Lukaku benefited from the fact that he spent a year on loan at West Brom. He was able to challenge himself in the top flight of English football, and he was able to play in the first team week in and week out.
Zaha will not be any better off if he goes and plays in the Championship. The considerable drop off in quality would provide no benefit towards Zaha's growth as a player.
In contrast, he can not be sent to a club who is challenging for one of the European places either, as he will not be able to get any playing time in those squads. Besides, none of them would probably want Zaha anyway.
However, there are many clubs that would be interested in bringing in a young and exciting winger into their squad that are in the English Premier League.
Fulham are looking for inspiration, Crystal Palace needs a good winger, and Hull City are looking to bolster their attack.
There are a lot of clubs that are playing top flight football that Zaha could go to, get a lot of playing time, and play opposition teams that will challenge him.
There is no sense for David Moyes to let a young and talented winger rot on the bench when there is so much promise that could be exploited.
That is why he needs to follow the Lukaku example. Send the man out on loan to a Premiership club who will play him and let him ply his trade at that team.
Lukaku benefited hugely from this, and there is no doubt that Zaha would benefit from a loan deal as well.
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