Lukaku deserves Chelsea chance

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Romelu Lukaku has certainly not had the impact he would have hoped after joining Chelsea from Anderlecht for almost £20 million last summer.

The arrival of a young player - especially one of Lukaku's supreme talent - always whets the appetite of supporters, but he has hardly been provided with the opportunity to showcase his potential.

The Belgian striker has featured only six times in the Premier League this season - with all appearances coming as a substitute - and has failed to find the net for his new club.

Aged only 18, Lukaku's time at Stamford Bridge will of course come, but one would have expected he would have been afforded more opportunities to prove himself, following an impressive goalscoring record in Belgium.

Lukaku left Anderlecht boasting a record of 41 goals and 14 assists in 98 appearances for the club, and arrived at Chelsea hailed as the 'new Didier Drogba'.

However, he has failed to force his way into Andre Villas-Boas' first-team, which comes as quite a surprise given the frankly awful form of Fernando Torres.

The Spaniard has not scored in his last 20 appearances for Chelsea, and has found the net only five times in total since joining the club from Liverpool for £50 million a year ago.

Lukaku, then, can boast a far superior goalscoring record to Torres over the past 12 months, while he also possesses the confidence and fearlessness of youth - two attributes Torres is severely lacking.

Villas-Boas, though, persisted with Torres while Didier Drogba was at the Africa Cup of Nations and, despite poor results and poor performance, the Portuguese continued to overlook Lukaku.

Naturally, one would expect the experienced striker in Torres to be looked upon more favourably by the manager, but surely Lukaku deserved at least a chance to prove his worth.

Lukaku, of course, was a player Chelsea were pursuing long before the appointment of Villas-Boas, and his lack of action my be attributed to not quite fitting with the ethos of the Blues boss.

Should Villas-Boas remain at the helm next season, then Lukaku is seemingly likely to be sent out in order to continue his education elsewhere during his formative years.

The Belgium international is certain to have no shortage of suitors, and Borussia Monchengladbach are the most recent club to have been linked with a move for the teenager.

The Bundesliga outfit, it is claimed, are keen to acquire the services of Lukaku on loan, and compatriot Igor de Camargo believes he would be an excellent signing.

"Romelu has a lot of competition at Chelsea, there are a lot of big names, so it is of course very difficult for any player trying to break through," De Camargo said, according to

"He is a great guy, who plays with a lot of strength, an important player for the Belgian national team. An interesting, very good lad."

Perhaps a loan move would be the most logical step for Lukaku but, with the Chelsea careers of Torres and Drogba far from certain, he may well find he is top dog in west London come next season.

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