Romelu Lukaku’s career has took off about as much as a lead balloon following his £18m switch from Anderlecht last summer. He has been limited to just six substitute Premier League appearances and has also failed to impress for the reserves.
When Chelsea announced the signing of Marko Marin on Saturday rumours was ripe that Lukaku would move on loan to Bremen as part of the deal. The teenagers agent however denies this link and claims his client will not be moving to the Bundesliga.
Here are 3 reasons why Chelsea should be patient with Lukaku and keep him within their ranks next season.
Injuries plague every team at some point during the season and the players you thought were surplus to requirements are then needed more than ever. This has happened to us now with injuries and suspensions crippling our defence, how we wish we hadn’t sold Alex now.
If players like Kalou and Drogba leave and then Torres, Sturridge and Drogba’s replacement get injured we might just need the £18m teenager next season. Although this scenario seems unlikely now, who would have though Cahill and Luiz would be injured and Terry and Ivanovic suspended at once.
Lukaku has always stated it was his dream to play for Chelsea since a visit to Stamford Bridge as a boy. He loves Chelsea, a trait which is lacking in certain players in world football these days, the love for their club. When he plays the fans know he will give everything for the cause and want to succeed so much at the club he has always dreamed of playing for.
These characteristics should not be unestimated or ignored in this era of prima donna’s and money grabbers.
I’m a big fan of the loan system as players gain invaluable experience of leagues of first team football during these spells. However, you never learn more than at your club! Lukaku has rarely had the opportunity to showcase his ability and with age comes experience and improvement. Who knows, if Chelsea take a risk he could become one of Chelsea’s rising stars next season as Sturridge has this season.
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