Jul 112013

Jose Mourinho pleased many fans last night by claiming that Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Tamas Kalas will play their part in the new season.

Lukaku, who was signed for €22Million from Anderlecht 3 seasons ago, impressed hugely on loan at Premier League side West Bromwich Albion last season, scoring 17 goals and bullying defenders with his strength and agility. I would quite happily see him above Fernando Torres in the pecking order…

Now Kevin De Bruyne is a name some of you may not be familiar with, but he has been described as a better version of Eden Hazard by an ex-coach of the pair, and has been impressing at Werder Bremen for the past season. He has recently made the switch from the wing, into a more central role, which can only add depth to our squad.

‘They are good players with a very good value in the market and we have these players this season for free, after an investment that the club did before,’ said Mourinho, after three days of pre-season training on his return to the club.

‘After the development of the players on loan it is the right moment for them to be back. They are very young with space to develop, they will be better year after year and I can imagine in five years they are much better than today – but what they have today is more than enough to belong to this squad.’

‘We are a very young squad,’ stated Mourinho. ‘We have an average age of 26.3 and that includes Schwarzer who is 40 years old and JT, Cech and Lampard in their 30s, so if we don’t involve these players we drop to almost an Under-21 team.

‘We have a team to develop. Of course we know there are expectations already and we want to create expectations for ourselves. We don’t need other people to create them – but the reality is the best period of this team has yet to arrive because they are very young and in five, six, seven years’ time is when this team will be in the best moment of their careers.’

I have been hoping that the two Belgians would be included in our squad as I see them as the future of Chelsea, along with the current young crop already shaping our team. Kalas is not a player I rate as highly, but Mourinho’s approval is much more note-worthy.

With Hazard, Mata, Oscar already making their marks last season, our young squad will look to dominate the Premier League for years to come. Manchester who?

May 212013

Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho have agreed to part company by mutual consent. Real president Florentino Perez made the announcement this evening at a press conference to hordes of completely unsurprised journalists in Madrid. Contrary to reports that he would be officially sacked, Perez has confirmed that the split was a mutual decision.
“We’ve decided to bring our relationship to an end, nobody’s been sacked, it’s a mutual agreement”

Mourinho was contracted to the Spanish giants until 2016, but he’s made no secret of his desire to leave this season, going so far as to alienate some of his team, including club legend Iker Casillas. Real’s loss, however, looks like it will be Chelsea’s gain. In a move that quite simply makes sense, Mourinho is expected to be confirmed as the new Chelsea boss in the next couple of weeks. Mourinho still has two last Real games to take charge of, but with his side already out of contention in the league, you imagine his mind will be elsewhere.

One man who will be desperately hoping that Mourinho has been watching his Premier League football this season is Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku had a tremendous season with West Brom at The Hawthorns, scoring 17 times including a final day hat-trick against Manchester United. With neither Demba Ba nor Fernando Torres setting the world alight up front this season, Lukaku is hoping that he might be considered as a leading man in the new look Chelsea attack. However, Lukaku himself admits that much depends on the new manager. “Chelsea are still my dream club and I want to be successful there.” he said. “If the new manager has plans for me, I will go there and take my chance.”

While Lukaku has looked excellent at West Brom, he is still extremely young, and this season has proven what regular football can do. With Torres and Ba on the books, it’s unlikely that Lukaku can be guaranteed enough playing time to convince him to stay at Stamford Bridge. Truth be told, one more year at West Brom to finish his development could be just what the doctor ordered..and I have no doubt every West Brom fan across the country would agree!

Apr 232013

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke is confident of capturing Romelu Lukaku on a second season-long loan.

Lukaku has been in stand-out form for West Brom this season, finding the back of the net 13 times so far this campaign, and has recently come into interest from Swansea City, who are rumoured to be looking into his temporary capture for the whole of next season.

On the Welsh side’s interest, Clarke said: ‘I don’t there is anything in it – it’s idle gossip. I would be very surprised if he ended up there.’

The Belgian was signed for €22M back in 2011 from Anderlecht, but failed to earn a permenent spot in the first team. He was only 18 at the time, and at 20, Chelsea are still confident he will become the star warranted by such a high fee.

Many Blues fans believe he could play a part in our challenge for the Premier League title next season, with many fans praying to see the back of Fernando Torres. His inconsistencies this season have been the main fault in our bid to challenge newly crowned Manchester United in the Premier League.

Should Chelsea decide not to sign a high profile striker, Lukaku should be kept and played ahead of the Spaniard in my opinion. I do expect to see a big striker arrive, with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao both expected to move clubs this summer. There could also be the opportunity to sign Mario Gomes from Bayern Munich, having fallen behind Mario Mandzukic in the pecking order. What’s do you think?

Feb 062013

Chelsea’s on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku has declared his intentions to become a legend at parent club Chelsea FC.

The Belgian striker is currently half-way through his season long loan at West Bromwich Albion, where he is playing regular first-team football under Ex-Chelsea assistant Steve Clarke.

The 19 year-old has started the season with appearances off the bench but has since forced his way into the first-team. He has bagged 9 goals so far this season in his 23 Premier League appearances, with 12 of those appearances coming off the bench.

Lukaku has been enjoying his exciting run of form at the Hawthorns, and has previously insisted he would like to stay on with the Baggies for a second season-long loan next season.

He believes he is adapting to Premier League and is hoping to use his experience to become a great at Stamford Bridge.

“My aim is to play at the Bridge and to be a legend over there in the future,” Lukaku told Sky Sports. “That is the dream. That’s what I signed for Chelsea for. But the time is going so really I need to keep playing. And hopefully in the next few years become one of the key elements at the Bridge.”

His chances of breaking into the Chelsea first-team next season seem to have thinned since the arrival of Demba Ba from Newcastle United last month. The on-loan striker understands that these things happen in sport, and intends to allow his football to do the talking.

“That’s the thing when you play for Chelsea, they will always sign big players,” he said. “So now it is up to me to show I can go over there and play and do the same as he does now.”

Romelu has really impressed since moving on loan at West Brom, and is finally showing the sort of form expected when he arrived from Genk just over 2 years ago. I think he should come back to us next season and fight Demba Ba for the central striker role. I believe that will be up to Jose Mourinho to decide (hopefully!). Romelu and Jose both to return next season, and re-write Chelsea’s history for years to come… I can dream.

Jan 102013

West Bromwich Albion have confirmed that Romelu Lukaku will be staying on at the Hawthorns until the end of the season.

Lukaku arrived in the Midlands in the summer on a season-long loan, with Chelsea retaining the option to recall the Belgian in January. That option expired on Monday, and a Baggies’ spokesperson confirmed: “Romelu will remain at the Hawthorns for the rest of the season.

“Chelsea’s January option to recall him expired on Monday.”

Lukaku recently spoke out about his belief that he should stay at the Midland club for the rest of the season, as well staying on next season to continue his progression.

The 19 year-old Belgian has been in fine form this season, bagging himself seven goals so far, and being selected ahead of the impressive Shane Long of late.

The on-loan striker started the season as a substitute but has earned his stripes with the first-team by working hard on the pitch and in training.

The young striker looks to have a great future ahead of him at Chelsea, and I am glad he has finally made his mark on the Premier League this year.

He is growing in confidence, and when his time comes to provide for the Blues, I hope he can make his mark for Chelsea in the long-term. He has the talent, but can he make it at Stamford Bridge?

Dec 232012

Romelu Lukaku has declared that he wishes to stay away from Chelsea on loan for two years, but insists that he believes he will come back to Chelsea to make an impact.

The Belgian has been enjoying his season at West Brom, where Albion have been over-achieving so far this term. Lukaku has scored 6 goals so far this term, including netting the winner in this weekends 2-1 win over Norwich City.

Lukaku said: “I am in the perfect environment to learn and do well for two years and then go back to Chelsea and play,” Lukaku said. “I had to learn a lot last season but now I have to learn and act on what I have learned.

“The head coach is doing a great job with me and now it’s down to me to earn more starts and do well for the team because the team has to win, and hopefully I can help with that.

“It’s all about minutes on the pitch – and I want to play. I love the game, I love football and since I was a baby I have wanted to play.

“I’m enjoying my time here a lot and my family and friends can see that.

“I am a changed man and I have settled down a lot as it’s very similar here to my home town. I am very happy.”

Romelu Lukaku has been limited to starts at West Brom due to the outstanding performances by Shane Long, but the 19 year-old has been working hard, and fighting for his chance, a chance he took on Saturday.

Lukaku has been widely expected to become one of Chelsea’s elite, but had struggled to show his true ability in the Premier League before this season.

Chelsea are in the hunt for a striker or two in January and it was uncertain whether we would choose to recall the hot prospect.

Chelsea will be doing the right thing if they decide not to recall the striker, who has been going from strength to strength so far this term. If Chelsea were to fail to sign Falcao, and would be willing to play the Belgian then I would love to see the boy-hood Chelsea fan live the dream, and make his mark at Stamford Bridge. Do you think he is ready to come back to Chelsea?

Dec 232012

Steve Clarke has praised on-loan Romelu Lukaku, who made a rare start and scored the winner in West Brom’s 2-1 win over Norwich City, admitting that he wished to keep the Belgian striker on-loan past January.

Clarke said: ‘Romelu has done well, he is a big talent, he has got a big future ahead of him in the game.

‘The fact he couldn’t get in the team for most of the season is down to the form of Shane Long who shouldn’t be forgotten today.

‘Shane made a difference when he came onto the pitch, he tied up the other centre-back, has given a bit more space to Romelu, and maybe that’s why he has got the space for the winning goal.

‘It’s a team effort and we don’t like to single out individuals.’

‘He is on a season-long loan but there is an opportunity for the parent club to take him back in January. I can’t affect it so I don’t like to talk about it.’

Clarke felt Albion were struggling for form in winning their first game in 5, adding: ‘It was another performance where we were a bit scratchy. We are not quite flowing as we were early in the season.

‘When you are coming in after four games without a win, there comes a bit more pressure on it. We spoke about it before the game. It was a big game for us today and it was important we got the three points.’

I hope we do recall the forward, who has been proving himself at West Brom this season. We are being linked with a host of forwards, forgetting what we’ve got. We can’t afford to lose out on Falcao, and two strikers is the squad is not enough. Falcao, Torres and Lukaku would be ideal. If we sign another striker with Falcao then Lukaku could fall down the pecking order and become unhappy. If he was to leave Chelsea, I predict it would come back to bite us in the bum. Lukaku is a great talent and is still only 19. Should Lukaku stay at West Brom for guaranteed football? Or should he return to Chelsea where an extra striker is needed?

Dec 042012

Rafa Benitez has all but confirmed Romelu Lukaku will stay at the Hawthorns until the end of the season.

Romelu Lukaku has been in fine form for West Brom, scoring 5 goals in his 12 Premier League appearances this season, most of which he started on the bench. That is one more goal than Torres has scored in his 15 Premier League starts this season.

Despite the lack of goals at Stamford Bridge, interim chief Benitez believes the 19-year-old will be better served by staying at the Hawthorns, with regular first-team football imperative to his continued development.

“We know Romelu has been doing very well for West Brom,” Benitez said

“But it’s maybe best for him to stay there where he is playing games for now, as it will be better for his future development.”

Lukaku has already made it clear that he hopes for a prolonged stay in the Midlands, after helping Steve Clark’s side push towards the Champions League places.

Competition is fierce for a starting spot at West Brom, with Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie also in good form, and it appears to have brought the best out of the former Anderlecht starlet.

Lukaku said: “I don’t think about the option. I am very happy to be here for one year. Hopefully, this season will end very well and we will see what happens in the future.”

Lukaku was bought as an investment for the future, but we could use his strength and ability back at Chelsea now. Lukaku cost £18million and if Chelsea we’re to be eliminated from this seasons Champions League this week, I think we should take a slight risk on the striker. Lukaku has shown his ability for West Brom and there is no reason why he couldn’t continue his form in a blue shirt. Why shouldn’t we take a risk in our £18million investment?

Nov 302012

Romelu Lukaku last week admitted that he would like to stay at West Brom for the rest of the season, and now Josh McEachran has insisted he would like to see out the season with Championship title contenders Middlesborough.

The England U-21 midfielder has a recall clause in his loan contract but hopes Chelsea will allow him to stay and play first-team football.

The Chelsea loanee has received rave reviews for his performances for the northerners, having stared 18 games for the club this season.

McEachran, 19, who can help Boro to the top of the Championship table with a big win at Birmingham tonight, said: “I’ve been at Chelsea since the age of seven and I’ve grown up there.

“It’s always been my dream to play regular first-team football there.

“But I’d like to stay here for the season. We have a genuine chance of going up and I want to be part of it.

“There’s a long way to go and a lot could happen but we have a really good manager and I like the way he wants to play.”

When asked if he was worried that he was yet to open his account in his senior career, he responded: “Sooner or later I will get on the scoresheet.

“I came here to play games and that’s exactly what I’m doing.

“We’re playing two games a week and it’s intensive but it’s improving me as a player.”

It is great to young Josh playing regular football. I’ve been a fan of his since he made his Chelsea debut two years ago in the Champions League, coming on as a substitute, and have high hopes for him in the future.

Nov 282012

On-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, is hoping not to be recalled come January, with Chelsea currently looking into their striking options.

Romelu Lukaku has just scored his fifth league goal of the season on the 45 minute mark against Swansea, who are currenty 3-1 up against his temporary club, West Brom. This goal brings his tally one above Chelsea lone striker, Fernando Torres.

West Brom currently lie third in the Premier League, with Chelsea in fourth. Chelsea have not won a league game in over a month and Torres has failed to score in nearly two months.

The Belgian signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2011, and was one of the brightest prospects in Europe at the time, earning the title of the ‘new Drogba’. Lukaku, 19, is widely expected to become a top striker but has yet to make his mark at Stamford Bridge.

When asked about leaving West Brom in the January transfer window he said: “I don’t think about the option. I am very happy to be here for one year,”

“Hopefully, this season will end very well and we will see what happens in the future.

He was then asked if he thought Rafa Benitez would like to bring him back to Chelsea come January, he replied: ‘I don’t think things will change. I think he has his plans and I am happy with the team here.

‘If I focus too much on Chelsea it wouldn’t be good for me, so I will focus on being here.

‘In my head, I am here for a year and it has to be clear I am here for a year and not for six months.’

It is great to see Romelu playing well and scoring goals, and if Chelsea can’t buy a proven goalscorer come January then I firmly expect Lukaku to return. Sturridge has been riddled by injury this season and there has been no replacement for the dire Torres. We need strength in depth.