Should Chelsea Gamble On £75 million With This Striker?

Romelu Lukaku

Everton are holding on to their guns as the Merseyside club do not want to let go of Romelu Lukaku and John Stones. While Stones is linked with a move to Manchester City, Chelsea have set their sights on Romelu Lukaku.

The funny thing that most football fans would remember is that Lukaku was actually a Chelsea player when he was signed in 2011 but he didn’t score in the 10 appearances he had for the London club. He was loaned out to West Bromwich Albion and Everton before signing a permanent deal with the Toffees.

The 23-year-old Belgian has been one of the best strikers in the Premier League ever since he joined the Goodison club and even netted 25 times in 46 games for the side last season. In fact, he averages a goal every other game for the team, which is a pretty decent scoring record for any striker in the world.

It seems that Antonio Conte has decided on bringing him back to the club but there still are a few doubts about Lukaku’s playing ability. He isn’t consistent enough at times and mostly his goals come during purple patches.

He sometimes messes up real bad in games and ends up missing rather easy chances; everyone would remember the FA Cup final against Manchester United. Had Lukaku bagged a couple of goals thanks to his easy chances, he certainly could have led Everton to glory and who knows Roberto Martinez would have still been in the hot seat at the club.

Even though Ronald Koeman replaced the Spaniard at the club, it seems he is helpless as the striker is all set to return to the club he started English football with. This Lukaku, however, is way different to the one who joined the Blues in 2011.

Not only does he have a lot of experience of playing in the English league, he has learned how to use his strength, pace and intelligence to at least get into good shooting positions. The Belgian has also picked up certain nuances about how he can turn defenders around and use his strength to good use, it doesn’t necessarily mean he will barge through a defender but he is smart enough to know what to do when any defender is marking him closely.

Lukaku also knows how to play out wide or star as the central striker, something he did extremely well at Everton, especially in the last two seasons and Chelsea need him more than ever.

The Blues might have signed Michy Batshuayi but the youngster could turn out to be another Lukaku and would need more time to adjust to the rigors of the Premier League. Diego Costa is not the man he was once and more importantly he does not have the movement and pace that Lukaku brings to any club, plus the Spaniard is a bit of a loose cannon and Antonio Conte would not want to deal with something like that at the moment.

Romelu Lukaku is probably the most complete striker in the Premier League at the moment and if he can increase his conversion rate in front of goal, he would certainly be considered one of the best in the world.

Everton want somewhere in the region of £75 million for the Belgian ace and while this might seem a little too high, the current transfer market is extremely inflated and it isn’t a surprise that the Toffees want to cash in as much as they can as they would be losing out on one of the top players in the world.

Chelsea did not have a great time when the 23-year-old was on their payroll a few years ago but he would not be playing under Jose Mourinho anymore and maybe, just maybe, under Antonio Conte he could achieve what he was destined to do at the club and become the next Didier Drogba, at least Chelsea fans would be hoping that it comes true.



Written by Kevin Harrison

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