Romelu Lukaku has scored 20 Premier League goals in his last 40 league games. In the same period, that’s a higher goals per game ratio than fellow Chelsea forwards Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba who are all currently struggling to find the net for the Blues.
This begs the question, then, why has Lukaku been sent out on loan for the second season in succession while Chelsea still appear to lack an out-and-out goalscorer?
At 20-years-old, Lukaku is still relatively inexperienced. However, after scoring 17 goals and playing an influential role at West Brom last year, the Belgium international proved he was up to Premier League standard.
This season, Lukaku completed a loan deal to Everton on transfer deadline day, where in his first two games he has already netted three goals. That’s more than all of Chelsea’s strikers put together this season.
Lukaku seems to have fitted perfectly into the new Everton system under Roberto Martinez and two goals and an assist for the Belgian in the Toffees' 3-0 victory over Newcastle was clear evidence of that.
In Lukaku’s 10 games at Chelsea, the Belgian has yet to score while his miss in the penalty shoot out in the Uefa Super Cup will be something he wishes to forget.
However, after proving he can be a prolific goalscorer at the likes of West Brom and now Everton, surely Chelsea can attempt to develop Lukaku into their own side?
With Torres and Ba struggling to fire and Eto’o’s best days behind him, Lukaku has a strong case for being Chelsea’s best striker at the moment. But could the decision to let him go prove a costly error in the Blues bid for the title?
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