Everton completed a club record deal for Chelsea and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku for £28m. At 21 and with goals aplenty Toffees’ fans are delighted with the deal but is this a good piece of business for Chelsea or is it a foolish error to let their man go?
Lukaku spent last season on loan at Goodison Park where he netted 15 Premier League goals in 31 games to add to the 17 in 35 he notched for West Brom on loan the previous season. This record is amongst the best in England over the previous 2 seasons and shows why the striker commands so much money.
Chelsea have shipped out Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o from last season but have signed Diego Costa from Atlético Madrid and resigned Didier Drogba for another spell at the club. The funny thing is though, Romelu Lukaku has constantly been likened as “the new Drogba” ever since his arrival in the UK. Instead, after 32 leagues goals in 66 games they have decided it is best to sell on the youngster and look elsewhere.
Chelsea fan Tom Passmore sums up a lot of views of Chelsea fans, “Massive Lukaku fan, he will score huge amounts. However big mouth seems to have cost him a chance with his ‘dream team’… Wish him all the best”. There is no doubt in the Blues’ camp that Lukaku has a fantastic career ahead of him but it seemed the Belgian felt he deserved a starting place at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho commented, “He wanted to play for Chelsea but wanted to be the first-choice striker. That’s very difficult to promise.”
Of course the large £28m fee will significantly soften the blow of losing one of the league’s hottest prospects but it does make you wonder what kind of price he could command in the years to come if his form continues. Everton’s new number 10 has a point to prove and will now be out to make Jose Mourinho look foolish! Good business or a foolish error? Only time will tell!
By Gareth Thomas | July 31st, 2014