Giant Belgium striker could have the pick of a whole host of Premier League clubs next season after an eye-catching campaign in front of goal for the Baggies in this campaign.
Romelu Lukaku does not want to return to parent club Chelsea this summer, as the in-form attacker eyes another loan spell away from Stamford Bridge next season at a team playing in European club competition so as to boost his hopes of playing in next summer’s World Cup finals for his country.
SOURCE: The Daily Mirror
Romelu Lukaku has reportedly told his employers at Stamford Bridge that he feels that he is still not quite ready to fight for a starting place with the Champions League winners next season, and so the 19-year-old attacker would prefer to carry on his footballing education in England by spending next season out on loan with a new team.
The massive Belgium international has actually been a Chelsea player for two years now having signed for the Blues in a headline-making deal from Belgium first division giants Anderlecht, but after a frustrating debut campaign in west London for the forward in which he spent the majority of the season warming the substitutes’ bench, making only eight appearances for the club and failing to find the back of the net in that time, Lukaku was shipped out on loan to fellow Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion for this season.
The front man has been a revelation at the Hawthorns under head coach Steve Clarke, scoring 14 goals in only 35 games in all competitions for both club and country, a run that also includes 13 strikes in just 15 top-flight starts for the high-flying Midlands club, as well as setting up four other goals from West Brom team-mates in the process.
It is worth noting that Chelsea’s top Premier League goalscorer this season is Demba Ba, with 15, but 13 of those strikes were for his previous team Newcastle United. Lukaku has outscored the rest of the Chelsea team in the Premier League.
That form in front of goal will undoubtedly lead to much interest in the player from throughout the Premier League and abroad.
With Lukaku wanting to now join a side playing in European football next season – whether in England or elsewhere – to increase his chances of starting for Belgium at next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil, the attacker should have some tough choices to make come the summer.