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?

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.

Nov 172012

With both managers having spent spells at each others respected sides, I expect a tight game, although the Chelsea team has made the biggest changes in clientele in the 4 years since Steve Clarke left Stamford Bridge, not too much has changed squad-wise, in the 13 months since Roberto Di Matteo was sacked from his management role at the Hawthorns.

Although the managers will have a large amount of respect for each other, having played together for a number of years at Chelsea FC, both managers will not be looking at this game as an easy win.

West Brom have been doing very well this season under Clarke´s guidance, dropping only 2 points at home all season, and after winning their first away game last weekend at Wigan, the team have already showed they mean business.

Chelsea on the other hand have struggled to hang onto leads in their past two games, drawing them both 1-1 after being 1-0 up for most of the game, but those score-lines were not justified as Chelsea dominated most of both of those games and will feel robbed of wins by two late goals.

That leads me on to my prediction, of a 2-1 chelsea win. I firmly expect a tight affair, but with the sheer class of Chelsea´s attacking threat to be too much to handle.

With the expected return of Ashley Cole, and the injuries sustained by Frank Lampard and John Terry, also the unavailability of Lukaku as the player cannot play against his parent club, here are my predicted line-ups:

West Brom- Myhill, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Morrison, Gera, Yacob, Mulumbu, Brunt, Long

Chelsea- Cech, Cole, Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Mikel, Oscar, Mata, Hazard, Torres

This will be a good game for both sides to show whether they mean business this season……

Aug 142010

The ex-Chelsea midfielder Roberto Di Matteo had some fantastic times at Stamford Bridge as a player, but he doesn’t live in the past and only wants to concentrate on being successful with West Brom this season.

Di Matteo won many medals with Chelsea, including an FA Cup medal when he scored the fastest goal ever in the Final, but he doesn’t even keep them at home. “My father has all my medals. I’m not the kind of person to keep those sorts of things.” he said.

“I don’t have any Chelsea memorabilia in my house. I try to look to the present and future, rather than to the past. I can’t change the past, but I can change the future.

“It’s difficult to say which is my fondest memory. I had such a lot of great times there.

“The trophies we won, the Cup Winners’ Cup, the European Super Cup against Real Madrid was a great experience too. It was a good time. John Terry was coming through the ranks and was training with us. It’s a long time ago.

“But you could see he had some talent, hunger and ambition. At that stage it was difficult to see him as a captain, but you could see there was something in the building.

“It’s a long time ago and part of my past. I have great memories. But I’m going back there as West Brom manager. We want to get rid of this reputation of being a yo-yo club.

“It is my personal aim, it is the team’s aim, the club’s aim and the fans’ aim. I want to believe and think we can stay up and remain up. Clubs of our size have done it.”

I wish Roberto every success this season, as long as he doesn’t mind getting beaten today at Chelsea!

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