Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s decision to send Romelu Lukaku could be his biggest mistake – but Everton are reaping the rewards.
Romelu Lukaku was described by Everton manager Roberto Martinez as “unplayable” in his team’s 3-2 victory over Newcastle United at Goodison Park, and it was hard to disagree.
The Belgium international scored twice and provided an assist for youngster Ross Barkley, and his acquisition by Everton on a season long loan already looks one of the best signings of the summer.
Lukaku, who is just 20 years-old, has only made one substitute appearance and a single start in a Toffees kit, but has three goals and an assist to his name.
Whilst Lukaku’s considerable physique has earned him comparisons with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, he is far more than just a battering ram in front of goal.
The main benefit of playing with a big man up top is that there is always an outlet in attack. Lukaku’s height enable him to win the ball in aerial duels, and his natural strength means he is highly capable of holding the ball up until others can get forward.
His dribbling ability too is grossly underrated, and he is beginning to play with his head up – as can be witnessed by his wonderful assist for Barkley this evening.
Another loan period at West Bromwich Albion resulted in 17 Premier League goals in just 20 starts, and there appeared little doubt Lukaku was ready to succeed Drogba in the Chelsea attack.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho brought him on as a substitute in three games before electing to allow him to depart on a temporary basis on transfer deadline day, and Everton are taking full advantage.
Chelsea, however, are not, and it now appears that Mourinho’s best striker is not available to him for the remainder of the season.