Chelsea are considering the early ending of their young forward’s loan in order to boost their own firepower on the cheap.
Chelsea are set to terminate the loan of their young forward Romelu Lukaku at West Bromwich Albion as Fernando Torres continues to fail to convince at the top of the Blues’ attack.
Manager Roberto Di Matteo can only have been impressed by the willing running and goal tally of Lukaku; in a far less creative and technically adept side, he has racked up three Premier League goals – just one behind Torres.
Long heralded as the next Drogba, this is the first season that Lukaku has been able to prove his worth in a major European league.
The teenager has always had the physique to succeed in England, but struggled to make an impact in the few games he received for Chelsea last season.
His form at the Hawthorns this season has much to do with the faith that former Chelsea coach Steve Clarke has shown in him, and the confidence and rapid improvement that regular first team football can bring.
A good example is Sunday’s game against Newcastle United.
Though Lukaku had three chances to score and only finished one, which resulted in criticism on Match Of The Day 2 last night, the fact that he was always demanding the ball and making intelligent runs is still very much a positive.
Manager Steve Clarke was guarded when asked about Chelsea recalling their player.
“What happens in January happens in January,” said Clarke.
“That’s no concern of mine at this present time.
“Romelu has been a good substitute for us and he has been patient and every now and then you have to give him a chance to play.”
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