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If Romelu Lukaku had any sense...

If Romelu Lukaku had any sense...

Amidst his rancorous public indiscretions and noisy media shenanigans ever since he inadvertently threw away - lamely prodded away actually - his spot kick to gift Bayern Munich the UEFA Super Cup crown at Chelsea's expense which unfortunately culminated in him shying away on loan, again, 21-year-old Belgian wonderkid Romelu Lukaku has shown an amazing level of cockiness we may have never envisaged when we took him from the backwater of the Belgian Pro League(with all due respects to Belgian football) to the upscale glitz of the Barclays Premier League.

Invariably, that he is talented with intuitive knowledge of where the back of the net is has never been in doubt, much as his supreme abilities to dazzle and bamboozle stoic defenders such as those populating the English topflight have never been up for debate, at least away from SW6, what however leaves me scratching my head is his latent intelligence as a young albeit overly ambitious footballer.

How do I mean? Well, the world was witness to the incessant injuries incoming Chelsea prime striker Diego Costa sustained throughout last season and how he almost got the unsavory tag, "injury-prone"; also, I'm sure any keen observer must have seen how Chelsea third-choice striker Demba Ba became 'Numero Uno' in the business end of the season under review; so I'm still at a loss as to why Lukaku can't see the glaring truism that by shutting his trap, cutting the childish crap and accepting to be second or third choice striker at a club he described as the "biggest in England" just a few days ago, he may indeed be priming himself as Chelsea's long term future.

Just why he would infer he wants to quit his so-called childhood dream club same week the club is reportedly securing its short term future is beyond me. Is he afraid? Of what exactly?

Does his latest bouts of irksome soundbites signal inferiority complex? Sounds improbable to me though, what with his superior numbers which have consistently trumped those of Fernando Torres and the said Ba for two consecutive seasons!

Does he think Costa will never sustain an injury again or that perhaps the hot-and-cold Torres(who has just two years left on his Chelsea contract) will all of a sudden mutate into a Lionel Ronaldo?

Has The Kraken been hearing voices?

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Date:Saturday June 7 2014
Time: 5:37PM


I must confess that when I read Lukaku's comments, I was really disappointed. Chelsea is not Everton or any of the teams he has played in before. He can't expect to walk into Chelsea's first team and claim to be the first striker. He has to grow into that position. If Chelsea decides to sell him, I would not be too sad; I am getting really annoyed by his loud mouth. I am beginning to think it's a Belgian thing.
Cyril Ibeka
07/06/2014 17:58:00
The boy loves publicity. I wonder what he stands to gain with his frequent rant in the media.
07/06/2014 18:03:00
The quotes are false - partial translation from a Belgian source but mostly just made up.
Michael Droy
07/06/2014 18:14:00
Like seriously I have been asking myself these questions...lukaku is better than torres and Ba and any manager would make him our second choice ahead of those two,except he isn't really good enough or he is lazy...lukaku is just 21 and can be the future of this club if he works hard,why can't he be the second choice at this age except he isn't really 21,I don't buy the idea of him accepting to be our 3rd choice striker because it will be detrimental to his development and I want to say Ba played that much as he did last season because we had two inconsistent first and second choice strikers coupled with injuries,if costa does hit the ground running and we have a decent second choice then the 3rd choice striker will suffer of severe lack of games,that said But I want to believe lukaku doesn't know that the club is looking to sell either torres or ba... I still hope he stays with us though...I believe he will,I believe the club will do everything to keep him with us if he has a good world cup unless the club feels they can do without him and if the club feels they can't do without him,why can't we as fans also?
07/06/2014 18:20:00
It is very unfortunate that this lad is not sorrounded by good persons who advice him to avoid talking to the media & concentrate in improving his game. He has seen how the media destroyed r/s b/w Jose & Eto'o & will not hessitate to do just that to him if the need arises. However before we crucify the lad following his utterances, lets visit the actual translation from the Belgian press & hereby request @SameX or anyone to help us out please. I understand that there was a conspiracy to twist & turn his actual words as he didn't say he will leave CFC or anything like that, & that much i learnt while reading the comments section of the dailymail. Though i believe he talks too much, lets give him the benefit of doubt & understand the translation of what he actually said before we form our final opinion please.
Jerry Blues
07/06/2014 18:32:00
Lukaku has to play. Sitting on the bench will not improve him. He's Belgium's first choice striker. He should go on loan or ask for a transfer request to a club where he will be first choice.
07/06/2014 18:39:00
Costa's Spain's first choice striker and they're World Champions. Lukaku should stay at Chelsea but he won't start every week.
07/06/2014 18:50:00
@ Jerryblues. Whether or not he was misquoted, to even be caught talking to the media again after his recent issues which prompted Mou to come out and urged him to say the real issue behind his loan to Everton is e height of foolishness. This lad has a overhyped ego and sense of importance of himself and I am sure will never be welcomed in Chelsea this way. Except he cleans up his act, he will play for us.
07/06/2014 18:52:00
if our coach had little sense last season...then lukaku hadnt to say anything...when you choose player like torres and ba ahead of lukaku who had a good season at west brom...when you are not given enough chance and still inspite of playing well on loan you are not considered good enough then do you think player will keep quite...just because our coach dont have any common sense why we blame lukaku...he is doing what a player should be doing if not given chanve instead of playing well...
07/06/2014 18:55:00
shlok27: Didn't Jose play Lukaku against Bayern? Did he give him an opportunity to hit a penalty? Didn't Lukaku push for a loan move to Everton? Go and check the news articles from last season. It was Lukaku who wanted a loan move. Didn't Jose play him in the preseason?
07/06/2014 19:11:00
How about pointing fingers at AVB who made him sit on the bench? How about questioning Lukaku's attitude? Didn't he say immediately after we won the Champions League that he won't be celebrating or something along that line?
07/06/2014 19:13:00
Shlok: Did AVB play him? Did RDM play him when he came in as a replacement for AVB when AVB was sacked? Why don't you talk about AVB and RDM?
07/06/2014 19:14:00
Okay, I am willing to give Lukaku the benefit of the doubt. Shame on the media if they are twisting his words. BUT if he has truly said things along the lines that they media are reporting then he has more of less killed his chances at Chelsea with Jose at the helm. Why is he trying to push Chelsea … the club that he claims to LOVE.
07/06/2014 19:17:00
The "wonderkid" label is getting a bit old. Torres and Ba both had great goal scoring records at OTHER clubs. I'm not sure whether I want to see him come back and fall flat, so we can start talking a bit more intelligently about our football problems, or if I'd just like to see him straight offloaded. Either way, there are too many assumptions made about Lukaku, and from an objective observer's point of view, he's just a slightly above average striker, with a huge mouth and, possibly the ego to compliment it. For those who were saying that Ba was chosen ahead of Lukaku, it apparently has slipped the memory that Ba was supposed to be loaned or sold to Arsenal, and that deal went away with Lukaku's loan request. Lukaku wants to go, does he? Now that I think of it, forget my opening thoughts. "Malouda" is the word of the day.
07/06/2014 19:19:00
so your telling the game.against bayern was the taking a penalty is a chance...if thats the reason then terry shouldnt be given the chance after he missed the penalty in will defently go on loan when ur coach brings on eto and still.prefer torres and ba over him...will you be a 4th striker at chelsea when you know you have performed well aginst torres and ba...when ur coach doesnt give you the confidence then why will he be playing here...
07/06/2014 19:21:00
Why don't you question his allegiance to Chelsea and his ability to sacrifice and be a team player when He was the one who Pushed for a Loan move to Everton just before the transfer window closed. There were reports that BA was on his way to Arsenal on loan. If he had stayed with Chelsea and tried his best, he would have been given chances and time on the pitch considering Eto's injuries, Torres' form and injury and BA's hot/cold performances. If BA was sent to Arsenal on loan, he would have to compete with Old Man/Injury Prone Eto and an inconsistent Torres. Why didn't he try to compete with Eto/Torres and BA?
07/06/2014 19:22:00
and i saw our coach commom sense when he played rami in starting line up again and again when we playing sheet last season but inspite of that our coach common sense though that rami is the best...that showed that our coach had lost some sense..
07/06/2014 19:25:00
He is deluded if he thinks that he will be made 'The Number 1 Striker' without him having to fight for a spot with other strikers in Chelsea or Barcelona (Messi, Neymar), Bayern (Lewandowski (he will go there most likely), Muller, Mandzukic (if Bayern retain him), City (Aguero, Negredo, Dzeko, Jovetic), Real (Benzema, Jese, Morata), United (Van Persie, Rooney, Welbeck, Little Pea), PSG (Ibra, Cavani …) ! In fact, most Top Tier Teams tend to buy new strikers every 2-3 years at the very least.
07/06/2014 19:29:00
mata stayed with chelsea but nothing happend at the end he was sold...kdb who was the darling of everyone when he was at werdef bremen stayed at chelsea and was sold without giving enough had stayed here he would have never got chanve because when your coach had made up his mind no matter what you do you will never be choosen...
07/06/2014 19:29:00
Jose always said that last season was going to be a transition season. This coming season is the season when you can judge him. This coming season is the season when he will have to win a trophy or two. Mind you, Jose is his own critic and he expects more from himself than what you expect of him.
07/06/2014 19:32:00
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