Chelsea are in desperate need of a striker this summer. While they may have Diego Costa in their ranks, the Blues are in search of a man to relieve the burden from the Spaniard.
After all, given the stagnant seasons of Radamel Falcao, Alexandre Pato and Loic Remy, it’s overdue that the goals were shared more evenly at Stamford Bridge.
One forward who could fill the vacancy proves Romelu Lukaku. Amid Everton’s struggles and the allure of west London, the Belgian may be set to augment Chelsea’s chances of success next season by making a shock return.
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Since departing Chelsea in 2014, Lukaku has been an emphatic success at Goodison Park. 25 goals in just 46 appearances saw last season his most prolific campaign in England and the country’s biggest clubs took note.
In fact, with 18 strikes in the league, only Sergio Aguero, Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane could boast larger tallies. Furthermore, Everton’s next top scorer proved Ross Barkley who garnered a comparatively feeble total of eight.
Considering the Toffees’ domestic struggles this year, it is a tally that’s hard to ignore. Everton slumped to an 11th place finish and saw Roberto Martinez sacked, but Lukaku persisted to fire home the goals.
It’s clear the 23-year-old holds the club close to his heart. Nonetheless, with the team simply not rivaling his quality, the Belgian’s patience and loyalty can only extend so far.
Consequently, Chelsea should take the opportunity to seal Lukaku’s return to the club this summer. It’s becoming increasingly apparent the forward is itching for a move and he would know exactly what to expect in signing for the Blues.
The pull factors of the Everton man are seemingly endless.
For starters, Chelsea’s top goal scorer this season proved Diego Costa who racked up 16 strikes in all competitions. Considering Lukaku scored on nine more occasions than the Spaniard amidst a weaker squad speaks volumes.
There is evidence to suggest that a swoop for Lukaku would not only relieve burden from Costa but maybe even prove an upgrade upon the 27-year-old.
In addition, at just 23-years-old, the Belgian would be a long-term investment for the club. In terms of displaying enthusiasm towards building a legacy, there can be little doubting the value of the transfer.
Chelsea are being linked with a plethora of Serie A strikers too such as Gonzalo Higuain, yet they would likely take months to settle in. Not only does Lukaku have rich Premier League experience but knowledge of Chelsea also given his previous tenure.
Whoever the Blues vie to sign this summer, there can be little doubting the pressing need for a striker. However, of all the names linked to the club, there seem few more appetising prospects than Lukaku.
Besides, capturing the 23-year-old could be the difference between a return to winning ways next season or the continuation of mid-table mediocrity.
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