The Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku, who scored 16 goals for Everton last season on a loan from Chelsea, has completed a deal to Everton for a recorded five years worth £28 million.
This transfer is exactly what Everton and Lukaku needed. Everton lacked a pure forward presence, and after all, it was Lukaku who led Everton to a fifth-place finish last season in the English Premier League. Let’s face it; Chelsea had their mind already made up with the signing of Diego Costa. The Costa signing meant that Lukaku would be deemed excess, and after his success at Everton, the cards were laid out for him to leave Stamford Bridge.
At the four professional clubs that Lukaku played for, he had the least success at Chelsea by not scoring a goal in ten league matches. But isn’t that the status quo for forwards at Chelsea? Outside of Didier Drogba, forwards have really never shown much. Look at Fernando Torres for instance. The £50 million fee for Torres was a clear mistake due to his lack of goals and poor performance at Chelsea.
With Lukaku now at Everton, the pieces are set for the Toffees to break into the top-four of the table and compete for a championship. Everton have a strong midfield with Ross Barkley, Gareth Barry, James McCarthy and Steven Pienaar which will allow Lukaku to thrive at the forward position. With Tim Howard in the net and a pretty decent backline, Everton have a chance to challenge for the league championship. Roberto Martinez has been terrific at Everton and has been able to turn Everton into a top-of-the-table team. The fifth-place finish allows for a Euro League berth, and with Lukaku at the top, goals will be scored for Everton and a deep run is possible.