For a while this season, Romelu Lukaku’s future as a Chelsea player was becoming increasingly doubtful as reports surfaced that the young striker had asked to increase his time away on loan.
This would not have been the first time a young player has made it clear that their goal was first team football, whether that was at Chelsea was of less importance — Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne, for example. Yet, this seemed a bit out of the ordinary for a player who grew up an avid supporter of the club and dreamed of following in the steps of Didier Drogba.
Now, in an interview with Sport Voetball, the Belgian wonderkid has cleared the air over his future with Chelsea.
“Am I getting ready for Chelsea next season? Yes, why else would I have signed a contract for five years? I will return to Chelsea as one of the best strikers in the Premier League.”
This is extremely well-timed reassurance for a club that is having a torrid run of luck with its current crop of strikers.
Lukaku is already one of the best forwards in the Premier League but strives to become one of the best in the world. His game emulates the best and it is really beginning to show. He has great movement off the ball, he can finish with both feet, and can use his height and strength to climb above defenders to create a perfect target for crosses.
He is everything that Chelsea needs in a forward right now. This Blues side, after a lackluster draw at Arsenal, must find an identity quickly. As truthful as that statement is, the irony is that Chelsea is only two points away from league leaders, Liverpool.
Jose Mourinho’s side may be less than what was advertised at the moment, but once Romelu Lukaku returns from Everton, all other clubs had best beware. The future link up play between the big Belgian and midfielders Oscar, Juan Mata, Willian, Andre Schurrle, and compatriot, Eden Hazard is enough to cause even the most confident teams plenty of sleepless nights.