Chelsea need Lukaku & Courtois back - Redknapp

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Chelsea need striker Romelu Lukaku and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois back at Stamford Bridge, according to player-turned-pundit Jamie Redknapp.

After watching the Blues slump to a 3-2 defeat to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, Redknapp feels that Chelsea would be much better off had they kept their two in-form Belgium internationals.

Lukaku is currently scoring goals on a regular basis for top-four hopefuls Everton, while Courtois has developed into one of Europe's best goalkeepers during his three loan spells with Atletico Madrid.

"Chelsea need surgery," Redknapp wrote in his latest Mail Online column. "Jose Mourinho has to get a striker in the transfer window, but that won’t be easy. He can’t keep relying on Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard to get him out of trouble.

"A striker has not scored away from home in 19 Premier League matches, for the entire calendar year. That’s not good enough from Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba. It makes you wonder even more why he allowed Romelu Lukaku to leave on loan.

"But conceding six goals in two games at Sunderland and Stoke is unacceptable, too. That’s now one clean sheet in 10. Petr Cech looks uncertain. Thibaut Courtois, on loan at Atletico Madrid, looks more and more the long-term future, although they can’t get him back until the summer. That is two Belgians on loan whom Chelsea need back sharpish."

None of Chelsea's strikers have scored more than two Premier League goals this season, while Lukaku has netted eight in 11 league appearances for the Toffees.

However, last months Mourinho insisted that it was Lukaku's decision to leave Stamford Bridge on loan for the season.

Meanwhile, Courtois has indicated that he will not return to Chelsea next season, unless he is assured of first-team opportunities.

This leaves Mourinho with a difficult decision: does he stick with the experienced Cech, or put his faith in the 21-year-old Courtois?

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