Loaning out Romelu Lukaku to Everton was an issue constantly brought up every time Chelsea fell short last season. With the Belgian striker at Goodison Park, Chelsea were left with an ageing Samuel Eto'o and an out of sorts Fernando Torres and often lacked a killer instinct at times during 2013/14.
With Lukaku banging in the goals for Everton - 16 in total - the question of why he was loaned out was constantly asked to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese was typically stubborn in his answers, remaining adamant that Lukaku wasn't good enough to play for Chelsea just yet.
Throughout the majority of the season, many people disagreed with Mourinho but recent form has suggested that he may have been right after all.
Belgium have scraped two victories in their two World Cup games so far with Lukaku starting as a lone striker in both. But his performances have left a lot to be desired putting his Chelsea career in jeopardy.
Against Russia he seemed uninterested throughout as every attack came to an end when he touched the ball. Everyone can play poorly but there was a distinct lack of effort from the 21-year old and his reaction when he was subbed for the second successive match was worrying.
Lukaku looked enraged as he took his place on the bench which suggested that the striker may have become a bit too big for his boots. He only had two touches of the ball inside Russia's box which shows that he isn't putting himself into goalscoring positions. His starting berth could be in danger as his substitute, 19-year old Divock Origi, came on the score the winner.
His performance was so disappointing that Chelsea and Belgian team-mate Eden Hazard had to defend Lukaku against Russia.
"I think Origi and Romelu have different styles. Lukaku didn’t have the ball very much, it was complicated for him, he did not have much space," he told reporters. "I think Divock took advantage of that. I think both players had something to do with the victory.”
It is clear that Lukaku needs to up his performance levels and attitude if Belgium are to progress further in the competition.
But it may not just be his Belgium place that he is playing for during this World Cup as Mourinho was certainly be keeping a close eye on his striker. Was he right to loan him out after all?
Lukaku needs to rekindle his Everton form in an attempt to make a career for himself at Stamford Bridge next season.
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