With Fernando Torres flattering to deceive again this season, Chelsea need a reliable striker who can improve their chances of winning trophies.
By signing Demba Ba, Chelsea ensured that they have an option to replace Torres in case of injuries or fatigue, while it would also provide some necessary competition that Daniel Sturridge wasn’t. But since that plan hasn’t seen Torres get back to his best, the Spaniard looks set to pack his bags in the summer as their Russian owner might finally be willing to accept that he was indeed, a failed signing.
With the possible departure of Torres, though, will come the crucial decision of either replacing him with another import for some millions or to look for his replacement among those already in their ranks.
While Romelu Lukaku was brought in to replace Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, he wasn’t really given a chance too and at a cost of nearly £20m, will be another failure if he doesn’t return to his parent club this summer.
Therefore, Lukaku looks most likely to replace Torres as another costly signing would mean not giving the impressive Belgian a run of games which just won’t make sense.
So, would the 19-year-old striker suit the new style Chelsea have adapted since he left for his loan spell with West Bromwich Albion at the start of this campaign?
With 13 goals and two assists in 28 appearances for the Midlands-based club, Lukaku has certainly shown the Chelsea hierarchy what they are missing. He took no time to gel with the squad, scoring his first on his full debut against Reading. His ability to succeed in the Premier League was untested and hence took a little time to convince ex-Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas to give him chances ahead of Drogba, Torres and Sturridge. That certainly is gone now as he has impressed enough of his potential suitors with his adaptability.
A player with a good physical presence, Lukaku has proved his worth at West Brom by taking his chances as they came, scoring crucial goals along the way to help the club reach a respectable position in the League. His awareness and dribbling abilities have left fans wanting more. His playmaking abilities have also been on the rise as he improves his game on all fronts at such a young age.
With Chelsea’s new signings all accustomed to playing behind the lone-striker, Lukaku not only fits in perfectly in such a role but can also help them out in front of some stubborn defences. The slick passing being deployed at the London club also falls in seamlessly with the big Belgian as his close control is absolutely brilliant. His strength on the ball only helps him to play in such kind of a system and thus his ability to adapt to Chelsea’s style won’t be a problem.
The only plummeting area where he could fail to meet the high expectations at Chelsea could be his lack of experience as he will be facing the limelight for the first time. The focus will all be on the young goalscorer and, while he may relish the opportunity like never before, the weight might just be too much to handle for his young shoulders.
Purely based on talent, though, Lukaku looks like the perfect solution for an ailing Chelsea side, and might just be prove to be the piece missing from the jigsaw.
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