According to reports Chelsea’s 19-year-old former Anderlecht sensation Romelu Lukaku is set to leave on loan this summer.
Reports suggest Lukaku is being tracked by several English and German clubs such as Werder Bremen (as part of the Marin deal) as well as Lazio in Italy.
However, it seems a loan move to Stoke City is the most likely destination for what Chelsea hope to be ‘the next Didier Drogba’.
I’m a firm believer in the loan system, providing the right club is found. It benefits both younger and older players, the younger players gain valuable experience of playing week in week out and grasp a better understanding of what is expected of them in the first team. Older players benefit from the regular football also and for some it puts them back on the radar for instance players who have fell out of favour at their club but still have a lot to offer e.g. Adebayor.
In terms Lukaku I don’t think anyone can deny a loan is needed for the Belgian. We look certain to sign another striker in the summer and with the new guy, Torres and Sturridge first team opportunities will once again be limited.
The crucial thing is finding the right club, as I think we can all agree neither Chelsea or McEachran have benefited from his loan at Swansea as he made about the same number of appearances for them as he would have at the Bridge.
Stoke City’s style would certainly suit Lukaku and with only Crouch and Walters as first choice strikers following the release of Fuller and what will almost certainly be the sale of Kenwyne Jones, Lukaku will find many opportunities there. Although a move to Germany or Lazio would also present the same opportunities he will gain NO Premier League experience there.
In order to benefit all parties a move to Stoke would see them gain a great talent and both Chelsea and Lukaku will reep the benefits of the Premier League experienced gained.
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