In selling Romelu Lukaku to Everton last week,José Mourinho justified the deal saying:
“Romelu was always clear that in his mentality and his approach he was not highly motivated to come to a competitive situation”, Mourinho was quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror, citing the Belgian striker’s previous roles as first pick on loan at both West Brom and Everton. “He wanted to play for Chelsea but clearly only as the first choice striker – and at a club of our dimension it’s very difficult to promise a player that status.”
Chelsea’s problems up front last season need no introduction. Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o scored just 19 goals in 68 Premier League appearances between them; Lukaku alone scored 15 in 31 games. It isn’t surprising that Ba and Eto’o have both since left the club, nor was it a shock to see Torres miss a painfully simple chance in front of a gaping open goal in a pre-season friendly against lowly Olimpija Ljubljana last week.
Diego Costa is thus necessary signing for the Blues and a fantastic one at that, but now without Lukaku, they are left with only him, an ageing and potentially increasingly ineffective Drogba and an ailing Torres; a trio barely sufficient to mount a serious title charge, even if they all avoid many injuries. Lukaku’s presence would significantly improve the options available to Mourinho.
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