Monday, June 18, 2018

Lukaku loan has worked out well for everybody involved

Romelu Lukaku's loan switch to Everton has been a resounding success so far

Romelu Lukaku’s loan switch to Everton has been a resounding success so far

On-loan Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has made a very good start to life at Everton.

Some say it was a mistake by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to send the talented youngster out on-loan this season, but at times this season he has shown why he is not at Chelsea this season, not that many Evertonians will be complaining.


Just like to send a thank you from my fellow Evertonians to Mr Mourinho and Mr Abramovich for sending the striker our way.

The big Belgian striker will definitely improve his game playing at Everton and the Toffees will reap the benefits of his efforts.


Lukaku has already scored seven goals in 10 appearances for the Toffees. In his last outing the youngster scored a brace in Everton’s thrilling 3-3 draw with arch-rivals Liverpool. If he keeps scoring goals at this rate he will better his goals tally of 17 achieved playing for on-loan at West Brom last season.

Everton have the creativity to create a decent number of chances and if they do then Lukaku will more often than not find the back of the net. The youngster has at times shown composure of a much more experienced player.


Romelu Lukaku is just 20 years of age, but is touted as one of the most exciting young strikers in world football. However, he is a long way from the finished article, as harsh as it may sound. His touch is often heavy and only now is he learning to play a full 90 minutes.

Lukaku has also been criticised for his link-up play, losing the ball in vital areas and the Everton attacks breaking down because of it. However, it would be harsh to criticise such a young player for his weaknesses in his development.


The on-loan striker is known to be a very intelligent person off-the-pitch and seems like a grounded young man. The youngster could have signed for Chelsea at just 16, but he decided to stay in his native Belgium to continue his education.

The striker has had the same attitude towards his football development. Lukaku could have sat on the Chelsea bench and played limited minutes with the Blues. Instead the youngster chose to go to West Brom last season and spend this season on-loan at Goodison Park.

Lukaku is a student of the game watching endless hours of footage of other strikers and trying to improve his game. The youngster has to be applauded for the way he is willing to improve and work on his game.


Mourinho’s decision to send Lukaku out on-loan seems like a silly one now. Chelsea’s striking trio of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have scored just three Premier League goals this season.

Lukaku has more than doubled that goal tally on his own this season. However, he would not have played so many minutes at Stamford Bridge, whereas at Everton he is undisputed first choice striker.


As Everton defender Phil Jagielka has stated recently, Lukaku’s presence at Everton could very well have a positive effect on Chelsea’s title bid, despite him not playing his football with the Blues this season.

Everton are a team who are very capable of taking points off Chelsea’s rivals this season, but do not currently have the strength in-depth to challenge for the Premier League title. It is believed that Chelsea boss Mourinho recommended that Lukaku moved to Everton, rather than return to West Brom.

I think most people would accept that Everton are currently at a slightly higher level than the Baggies, as the Toffees look set to mount a challenge for the European places this season. Joining Everton must have seemed like the logical next step in his career, after a productive season at the Hawthorns.

Top scorer

Romelu Lukaku is currently three goals behind Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero in the race to finish as top scorer in the Premier League. The youngster may not have expected to compete with the leading strikers in the top-flight for the accolade, but the young Belgium may just be a decent outsider for the golden boot at of odds of 18/1.

The youngster has made a good start to the season and it seems that he will only get better with more game time, which will only be good for the player and in the long-term parent club Chelsea.

Was loaning out Lukaku to Everton the right decision by Jose Mourinho?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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