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Lukaku Leaves Stamford Bridge

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has completed a season-long loan move to West Brom.

There was a number of clubs interested in Lukaku, but The Baggies won the race for the 19-year-old Belgium forward. Lukaku, who joined Chelsea for £18million last summer, will work under former Blues assistant manager Steve Clarke.

Many suggested Lukaku should have been loaned out last season, but this was prevented due to FIFA rules, having already played for Anderlecht.

Lukaku told Chelsea TV: 'I'm very excited. After last season, where I was able to adjust and prepare for this season, I can't wait to start at West Brom.

'It's very important because, like Chelsea, West Brom play in the Premier League, but it will also be a good learning school for me where I need to work hard with the players around me. I've heard a lot of positives about Steve Clarke here and it will be important for me to listen and learn from him. He plays good football.'

Clarke, who was appointed to his first managerial post this summer, told his club's official website, 'I'm delighted to welcome Romelu to the club. He's a strong, powerful centre-forward who is young, enthusiastic and eager to learn. He was also desperate to come here.

'Romelu had a lot of Europe's top clubs chasing him when he joined Chelsea from Anderlecht for big money a year ago and also had several Premier League teams wanting to take him on loan this summer, so we've done well to get him.

'With the calibre of strikers Chelsea have got, he's found it difficult to break into the first team at Stamford Bridge. But he's had a season working at a top Premier League club and he now needs more minutes on the pitch.

'We're more than happy for Romelu to continue his development with us. I am sure he will be a big help to the squad over the course of the season.'

I personally reckon he'll play lots for West Brom and hopefully he'll start smashing them in! The way Chelsea operate, however, is that there will be a clause in the loan contract to say that he won't be able to play against us.

Good luck Romelu - hope you develop well.

(Does this create a place up front in our squad that we need to fill?)

(Queue transfer gossip).

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Writer: DJDUTTS Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 11 2012

Time: 10:17PM

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An 18M bus parked in someone else's car park.
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11/08/2012 22:32:00

Yeah he's our own wat ever you called it
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11/08/2012 22:34:00

Wish him all the best there, hope he gets plenty of game time and comes back smoking hot... He's still young though and has a lot of years ahead.....
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11/08/2012 22:39:00

Nice article mate. I wish the boy well and i feel he has great potential and will yet develop into something special for us. As he said he will need to work very hard at West Brom..a staring role wont just be handed to me..he will have to compete with quite a robust group of strikers there including Shane long, fortune, Odemwinge, Zoltan Gera and their new signing Markus Rosenberg. he better learn from josh's experience at Swansea..this is no gimme, there will be no free lunch for him at West Brom.
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11/08/2012 22:43:00

Sorry for the typos on my last posting guys.
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11/08/2012 22:45:00

I'm sure we can forgive a few typos on your last post GabeU, the usual high quality was there :)
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11/08/2012 23:19:00

Odemwingie/Long are tough opposition. i still think he shd hav gon 2 sunderland they need a ST seeing as bendtners/gyan are gone.
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11/08/2012 23:19:00

Where will Kakuta be next season?
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11/08/2012 23:26:00

Everyone justifies his not being loaned out last season as he couldn't because he'd already played for Anderlecht, but they forget that the only reason that problem arose was because he played for us as well, if we'd loaned him out immediately (without playing him) it would have been legal... Moving on from that pet peeve, I think this is a good move for him, West Brom's football is actually quite nice meaning he'll have to learn how to dribble a bit better, which would be VERY useful for him. I think that of all the possible clubs West Brom wasn't necessarily the best move, but only time will tell, the kid's gotta work hard, but I reckon he can do it, he just needs to understand that he won't be the centre of attention, he has to earn that (with us last season he got very involved with the press giving comments about his lack of games, which was in my opinion unacceptable, especially when he said "were the club just throwing money around", if he wants press time, it should be complimenting the club and commenting on how he needs to improve or simply saying he had a good game today and would like to improve a few things for the next match and try and build up a run of form, and solely those things, if he can get on the right side of the press, he can succeed)
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11/08/2012 23:31:00

The fact that he could not be loaned last season showed how clueless AVB was.He was desperate and played lakaku when he should have properly assesed the guy first and realised he needed a loan spell .He also handled Josh poorly as well, Josh should have gone on loan from the start of the season where he he would have be starting at the same level of his team mates.He kept him arround not sure what he was doing ,then he realised he was not going to use him ,sent him on loan,but by that time he was way behind everyone who started the their season in August.
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11/08/2012 23:59:00

Chelsea may regret letting Lukaku go on loan for the season. Torres will continue to be a flop and that effectively means we only have Sturridge in the central striker department. And Sturridge is reported to be interested in joining AVB at Spurs! Unless RDM is planning to play with no striker like Spain, it is a disaster waiting to happen!
Blue Day
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12/08/2012 01:31:00

Definitely, we all wish the yound lad the best of luck at West Brom! He does have potential to improve, IMHO. So it's Torres and Studge so far, but I suspect Chelsea will probably add another CF in the next couple of weeks or so....just a feeling, though. BTW, I came across a compilation of 150 goals from our very own true Blue legend, Didier Drogba. Now he was some CF especially in his earlier years!! For those interested to check it out, here is the link: Enjoy!
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12/08/2012 02:13:00

lukaku is 19. so i don't see anytin wrong if he goes on loan, the good thing is that its a premierleague club, so i hope he proves himself.
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12/08/2012 03:51:00

@blue day,even if Torres continues to flop, i think it is a bit too optimistic to expect to expect him to fill the void even a flop like torresmleaves be it in form of the assists he provides or the goals he scarcely scores. A kid in the development progress needs more game time else than filling a void at Chelsea.
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12/08/2012 05:42:00

chelsea feckkkking transfer policy continues.....loaning out young players and keeping the old deadwood players in your where are we going....people are happy that season chelsea are in transition with all the new players.....but guys we are still the same.....we bought four players one we sent on is in olympic one is injured and rest we have is hazard.....and now we sent another young talented player on that our oldies would get another chanve this is wrong with chelsea.....chelsea wil never learn....they wil not achieve anything till they get rid of their old deadwood players.....
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12/08/2012 06:30:00

Hiii guys, pls I need a ticket to the community game this afternoon. Hearing it's been sold out, but wanna go. Does anyone know any other way I can get one? Please guys. I'm in Tottenham at the moment.
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12/08/2012 06:50:00

Pls can someone help? Plsssssssssssss
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12/08/2012 06:57:00

Shlok27, so you want us to keep lukaku? For what? To sit on the bench and continue to moan to the media about chelsea ruining his career? Please, get the basics right before being angry all the time,loaning him was the best option,if he excels where he was loaned, he'll be a starting contender next season,lukaku's quality is not sharp enough for now, it needs good polishing!...the only silly loan deal was KDB's. But we can call on piazon to fill that void and chasm of disappointment....nicely done chelsea..
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12/08/2012 07:34:00

so desmond you are happy in chelsea letting lukaku on loan and keeping players like malouda and his group here to compete in first team spot....and you are happy in chelsea buying a new striker and loaning our striker without even given him a proper chance.....
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12/08/2012 07:50:00

Shlok27 - you're getting all bent out of shape. Everyone wants rid of Malouda, trouble is he has 1 year of contract left and he, himself, will not go anywhere unless it suits his financial expectations. Chelsea could just release him, but they would owe him 1 years wages. Some would say that's worth it, me included probably, but what message does that send out? Lukaku had his chance pre-season and he obviously did not set that stage alight. He is not ready for PL and I doubt he will be first choice at WBA either. You need to see the broader picture, sending Romelu out on loan means there is a striker coming who meets our needs now, not in 1 or 2 years time. Last season indicated the stark reality that we cannot afford to be out of the top echelon of British football, if we hadn't won the Cups, would we have Hazard & Oscar on our books? I think not. Chelsea will always be in the constraints of trying to ensure some success, season after season, and young players have to be exceptional and proven to make a position their own. When Sturridge cannot do that, it's hardly likely that Romelu will either. Not just yet anyhow.
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12/08/2012 09:15:00

Without making it official, I am sure the Board has spread the seed that 'offers' are invited for the likes of Malouda & Yossi, even Raul possibly. Trouble is, does anyone want these players? At the right price? With the right deal for the player himself? You cannot force a player to go where he doesn't want to, I am sure their wages at Chelsea more than compensates for not playing, crikey, who wouldn't mind being paid thousands per week for basically turning up to train. Says little about their ambitions though, doesn't it?
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12/08/2012 09:22:00

blueabs you are saying that chelsea youngster should be exceptional without getting chance to play at all.....wowww....and you are also saying that lukaku didnt impress at all in preseason by the way he scored two goals in limited amount of chance he got and by the way the way we were playing football in preseason i dnt think any top striker in the world would have scored goal...
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12/08/2012 10:37:00

I wish him all the best. Hope he hits double figures this season 10 to 12 goals would be a huge success for me.
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12/08/2012 11:12:00

I hope it works well for him and come back strong and mature enough to fight for a place at chelsea
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13/08/2012 09:16:00

Useless waste of money imo and the way West Brom play, I don't see him getting much game time there
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13/08/2012 09:17:00

Stoke would've been more suitable for him so we can get something decent after he's played regular football for them. At West Brom I don't see him playing regularly and we'll get less than we could've from Stoke
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13/08/2012 09:19:00


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