Jose Mourinho may have made a definitive call to sell Romelu Lukaku to Everton this week, but it appears the Special One is duly going to have to answer critics over the deal, many of whom believed that the Belgian striker was good enough to lead the line at Stamford Bridge.
The latest to question the deal is former Blues star Graham Stuart, who has voiced his opinion that Mourinho must now find a replacement for Lukaku rather than simply relying on the likes of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba.
The latter of those two arrived to much fanfare from fans due to his cult status at the club, but Stuart believes that Chelsea could be caught short if Costa sustains an injury and the Ivorian is forced to take up the mantle of the club’s primary striking option.
Naturally Stuart is considering to be playing with fire somewhat, as Mourinho has a rich history of having made decisions that tend to work out in the long-run. That being said one has to question his determination to offload Lukaku without giving him a proper run in the first-team.
The young forward proved at West Brom and Everton that he can cut it at the highest level and, though he may have taken a little longer to settle in at Stamford Bridge, where the expectations are considerably higher, there's no doubting that eventually he will be a complete striker.
What's more, the 21-year-old has always been referred to as the 'next Drogba', meaning that the Blues have been somewhat criticised for deciding to replace him with the old Drogba. The Chelsea legend has long since passed his peak years and, though he will offer experience and a welcoming boost with regards to his relationships with other players, surely Mourinho isn't expecting him to be able to fire his side to glory in the absence of Costa?
Torres is staying
Of course there is Fernando Torres to consider as well, as Mourinho has recently made the promise that the Spaniard will not be sold, despite strong speculation suggesting that this would be the summer when he was finally forced to find a new home.
So far Lukaku, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o have all left the club, leaving Mourinho to pick from a mis-firing forward, a striker many believe isn’t of the required quality and Costa, who so famously flopped at the World Cup. Is Mourinho going to heed Stuart’s advice? Chelsea fans would definitely hope so.