As Chelsea roll on toward a possible 5th Premier League title, speculation continues to circulate regarding Jose Mourinho’s plans to rebuild the Blue’s attacking threat. Stop gap striker Samuel Eto’o has come into form recently, but there’s little doubt that he’s not the answer to the Portuguese managers long term plans. Eto’o, already 33 years old, could well stay at the Bridge next season, but only to play a part-time role.
In his efforts to bring a new world class striker to London, Mourinho seems set to sell the on-loan Romelu Lukaku, Express reports. After arriving from Belgian club Anderlecht in 2011, Lukaku has made just 10 appearances for Chelsea. In that time he has served under 5 different managers, all of whom have seen fit to send keep him out on loan, both at West Bromwich Albion and Everton. Hampered by the occasional injury, Lukaku has nevertheless managed 28 goals in 57 appearances for both clubs. It’s hard not to feel sorry for the player, who must be wondering what on earth he has to do to convince the Chelsea high-ups that he is capable of performing for the Blue’s first team.
As Lukaku was scoring goals for other Premier League sides, Chelsea fans were often perplexed as they were forced to witness the consistent ineptitude of their 50 million pound buy Fernando Torres. Now, just when the time seems ripe for a return to first team Chelsea football, it seems that Mourinho has judged that the 20 year old Belgian international is still not up to the task of leading Chelsea’s front-line.
Instead it seems that Mourinho might leverage the inevitably sizeable price tag of Lukaku to lure Diego Costa or Edison Cavani to England. With clubs such a Borissa Dortmund and Roma reportedly interested in securing Lukaku’s services, it could mean that such plans might unfold sooner rather than later.