The ‘Romelu Lukaku’ situation has been stirring up for some controversy and it has finally arrived in the form of some interesting opinions of the 20-year-old. It is often on international breaks when players come out with interesting comments about their clubs. The comments are misinterpreted more often than not, but not in the case of Lukaku.
He has challenged Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho by saying that he would score more goals than all the current Chelsea strikers put together. This has to be the least controversial statement he has given in an interview to Belgian tabloid Nieuwsblad. Lukaku said,
“I couldn’t do much about it. The coach made his choice, and, as a player, you have to respect it. I went along with it, and it is now up to me to prove he was wrong.”
There is nothing wrong in trying to prove the coach that he was wrong. In fact, most coaches will welcome their players striving hard to prove that they were wrong to drop them from the starting line-up.
From here on, Lukaku gets a bit disrespectful of Chelsea. He continued,
“I can only underline my case by scoring more goals than all the strikers currently at Chelsea.
“I hope my goals will help Everton finish higher than Chelsea. I am at Everton for the season, and I want to do as well as I possibly can for them.”
Everton finishing higher than Chelsea? Loyalty is good, but this is taking it to another level. Lukaku should not forget that he will be at Everton till the end of the season. Of course, the move may become permanent, but now he is a Chelsea player. It is understandable that he is disappointed with a second consecutive loan spell, but these comments are unacceptable.
Former blue Franco di Santo showed a similar loyalty to Blackburn when he was on loan. Now at Werder Bremen, he never made it at Chelsea after those comments.
Lukaku is a far better player than di Santo, but he would be an even better striker if he used his qualities to better effect. For a big man, he does not hold the ball well and his touch is also susceptible at times. He still has a long way to go before he can come near the legend that is Drogba.