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Jose Mourinho was wrong to sell Romelu Lukaku to Everton last summer

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Romelu Lukaku’s stunning form for Everton this season has served to highlight why Chelsea were wrong to let him go last summer.

The Belgian, who bagged a brace as the Toffees thumped Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon, now has nine league goals to his name – second only to Jamie Vardy in the race for the Golden Boot.

And with Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao all failing to convince, Jose Mourinho must now be rueing his decision to let Lukaku leave Stamford Bridge.

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CHELSEA FLOP

The 22-year-old first touched down on English soil in 2011 but, with Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres ahead of him in the pecking order, found opportunities limited under the stewardship of Andre Villas-Boas.

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It took a successful loan spell at West Bromwich Albion for fans to see the youngster hit top form, though his 17 goals in 38 games failed to convince Mourinho he was worthy of leading the line for his parent club.

Everton then swooped to sign him on loan for the 2013/14 season and, after finding the net 16 times in 33 appearances, he was allowed to leave for Goodison Park on a permanent basis last summer for a club-record fee of £25 million.

DIFFICULT TIMES

Seemingly burdened by his price tag, it took Lukaku a while to hit the ground running as Everton fell from a fifth-placed finish to 11th last term.

And, even though he hit 20 goals across all competitions, the form of Costa at Stamford Bridge meant the Blues were not left to regret their decision to part company with one of the world’s hottest starlets.

However, with Drogba leaving Chelsea for a second time this summer, the Blues had to settle for Falcao, who has done little to convince supporters he can be better in the capital than he was for Manchester United a year ago.

SUBLIME START

Lukaku now finally looks to be living up to his potential having hit the ground running to help the Merseysiders climb to seventh in the league standings – six points ahead of Chelsea in 14th.

Such stunning performances have also sparked speculation that he could be set for a move to either Paris Saint-Germain or Juventus with both clubs interested in snaring him away from English football.

How Chelsea must wish they had him at the club. His deadliness in front of goal, coupled with the many years he has ahead of him, means the Blues could simply have signed him at the wrong time.

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