Chelsea’s young hotshot Romelu Lukaku has joined Premier League outfit West Bromich Albion on a season-long loan deal.
The 19-year-old striker has joined up with former Chelsea assistant coach Steve Clarke at the Hawthorns after being told his first team opportunities would be limitted this season.
The Belgium international joined Chelsea last summer from Belgian club Anderlecht for a reported £18m fee. He found first team chances very limitted with the likes of Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres ahead of him in the pecking order.
A loan move for Lukaku last season was out of the question as FIFA rules restricted him playing for another club after already featuring for Anderlecht.
Boyhood Chelsea fan Lukaku told Chelsea TV of his excitment at the deal:
“I’m very excited. After last season, where I was able to adjust and prepare for this season, I can’t wait to start at West Brom.
It’s important because, like Chelsea, West Brom play in the Premier League, but it will also be a good learning school for me where I need to work hard with the players around me.
I’ve heard alot of positives about Steve Clarke here and it will be important for me to listen and learn from him, he plays good football”.
With only Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge as Roberto Di Matteo’s strike options this deal seems a little odd. A loan deal for Lukaku seemed inevitable this season but perhaps waiting to see if a deal for another striker could be struck first would have made more sense.
If deals for Cavani, Schurrle or any other striker fall through and with the August transfer deadline fast approaching then Chelsea could quite easily be left with only two forwards until January.
Perhaps RDM sees Victor Moses capable of filling in as the lone frontman as well as being an option out wide and this could be why he is trying to force through that deal.
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