Jose Mourinho foolish to let Lukaku leave

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Andy Gray believes Jose Mourinho made a terrible decision in allowing Romelu Lukaku to leave Stanford Bridge on a season-long loan, according to

Chelsea suffered a second successive defeat as they were beaten at home by Basel in their opening Champions League fixture, leaving many to bemoan their frustrating lack of a clinical striker.

Samuel Eto'o was bought in near the end of the transfer window in a bid to provide the goals that Fernando Torres and Demba Ba seem unable to contribute, but the early signs are not looking good for the Cameroonian, who has looked some way of the pace in his first few games.

Former striker and now football pundit Andy Gray believes Mourinho shot himself in the foot when he sanctioned the departure of young striker Romelu Lukaku.

The big Belgian, who scored 17 times last season whilst on loan at West Brom, was expected by some quarters to become a mainstay in the Chelsea first team this campaign, but instead was shipped out to Everton in order to garner more experience.

Gray has lambasted the decision to send him out on loan, and believes that he could have done well for the Blues this year.

"If you score 17 goals in the Premier League for West Brom last season, you must be doing something right, because they don’t create as much as Chelsea," Gray said.

“I was astounded he [Mourinho] let him go and brought in Samuel Eto’o. I don’t see what the positive move is in that.

“The young kid showed last year he is ready to go. He is a Belgium international, he has had a full season in the Premier League - I can’t fathom why Jose would think he is not ready for the Premier League with Chelsea.”

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