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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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The Journalist

Writer: Josh_Mou  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 7 2014

Time: 5:37PM

Your Comments

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
The boy loves publicity. I wonder what he stands to gain with his frequent rant in the media.
BOTUM
The quotes are false - partial translation from a Belgian source but mostly just made up.
Michael Droy
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?
Hazard11
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
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.
foreign_viewer
Costa's Spain's first choice striker and they're World Champions. Lukaku should stay at Chelsea but he won't start every week.
CobhamBlue
@ 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.
Dwonder
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...
shlok27
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?
StamfordDLion
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?
StamfordDLion
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?
StamfordDLion
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.
StamfordDLion
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.
solid7
so your telling the game.against bayern was the oppurtunity....haha....so taking a penalty is a chance...if thats the reason then terry shouldnt be given the chance after he missed the penalty in cl.final....lukaku 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...
shlok27
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?
StamfordDLion
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..
shlok27
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.
StamfordDLion
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 oppurtunity....so.if.lukaku 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...
shlok27
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.
StamfordDLion
You meant to say that we shouldn't have bought ETO?
StamfordDLion
How many chances didn't BA, Torres, Eto get during preseason matches?
StamfordDLion
I understand where you are coming from @Dwonder but dont forget the lad just clocked 21 & as such immature. I'm not defending him as i hate his romance with the media, but somehow i feel is not right to judge him on what he never said, i.e playing in to the hands of these pro Man U & Liverpool journos. I plead to thread softly 'cos i suspect the intent by the media in having fans believe what Lukaku did no say. They fear the team CFC 'll parade next season & as such help their favoured teams by doing whatever possible to destabilise CFC. Guys just a question please, had Ashley Cole being a Liverpool or Man U player where do you think he could be by now, Brazil bound or on holiday somewhere?
Jerry Blues
* I mean how many chances did Eto, BA and Torres get during preseason?
StamfordDLion
compared to Lukaku?
StamfordDLion
Do you remember that the Match between Chelsea and Bayern was before the start of the Season? How can you say that he wouldn't have been given chances?
StamfordDLion
Why haven't you uttered a single criticism against AVB and RDM? Why?
StamfordDLion
you have suggested the striker of other club and look at ours....with whom he had to fight tell me...torres i dont have any comments for him...Ba again another flop...so it was lukaku who has to be made our top striker when we havent had top class striker at all last season..but still you bring eto...and regarding lukaku being asking for loan we all know how jose is when it comes to play mind games...
shlok27
Jose is more important to Chelsea than Lukaku is important to Chelsea. Face This Fact! If Jose doesn't rate Lukaku then he should sell him. We will definitely sell him for more than we payed for him. To be fair to Jose, he didn't buy Lukaku.
StamfordDLion
when Avb was here i critised him a lot for not giving oppurtunity to him...no point in critising him.now...its jose who knew everything about our striker and still he went with the flops...which cost us a lot..
shlok27
Who pushed for a loan move? If he had self belief, he would have stayed in the club and EASILY Dislodged BA and TORRES who you refer to as FLOPS. So why didn't he stay in the club to cement his place as the Club's Number One Striker?
StamfordDLion
What had he achieved during AVB's and RDM's time at Chelsea? Was he scoring tons of goals?
StamfordDLion
What had he achieved at West Brom? that makes you say that he should have been made the NUMBER 1 Striker of Chelsea after coming to Chelsea from West Brom? Did he score against teams like Real, Barca and others in the Champions League?
StamfordDLion
for me.chelsea is more.important to me than jose...last season he game lame excuse of transition and if this season if he doesnt deliver anything then i hope he packs his bags and go somewhere else...but than also if he goes he had already broke the core of good football team..
shlok27
So you mean to say that he should have been made the NUMBER 1 Striker of Chelsea AUTOMATICALLY Without HIM Having to Fight for a Place after failing to make any sort of impact during AVB's and RDM's reigns and after coming back to Chelsea from WEST BROM?
StamfordDLion
AVB and RDM also deserve to be questioned! They should be questioned more than Jose. Who compelled Lukaku to sit on the bench at Chelsea? AVB.
StamfordDLion
Costa was not on Lukaku's level at 21.
foreign_viewer
did west brom played in cl...if lukaku had to.score against real and barca...and i thinks he scored a hatrick against epl.champions under alex ferguson thats i think itself a great achievement...
shlok27
He overrates himself, he is good enough for Everton or WBA but not CFC
Ranners
when you have two flop like torres and ba then yes he should be made our no 1 striker...no doubt about it..
shlok27
Judge him this coming season. I have mentioned in one of the earlier posts than he is his own Worst Critic. He is creating a Squad and Team. This coming season … Judge Him.
StamfordDLion
For me also Chelsea is more important than LUKAKU. Has he forgotten that he has a contract with us and if has any problems or concerns, he should be TALKING WITH JOSE! Why talk to the Media when he can Talk with the Manager in PRIVATE. If He had sense and maturity, he would be Talking with the Gaffer and not with the media. Do You Think he is So NAIVE that he has no Idea about the Media's EVIL Ways?
StamfordDLion
Where was DROGBA When He was 21? You think that LUKAKU will no doubt become a Great Player like DROGBA? Can you Guarantee?
StamfordDLion
RDM and AVB are not the current Chelsea managers. When Mourinho has doesn't like a player, they are finished. It doesn't matter what they do. I said this about Mata and I was right.
foreign_viewer
What Happened to Kakuta who was supposed to be the next ZIDANE?
StamfordDLion
Did Mourinho buy Lukaku?
StamfordDLion
When Pep came to Barca, he sold ETO (who was in his prime), Ronaldino, Deco and the likes. Forgot about Yaya Toure. Just to name a few.
StamfordDLion
He even sold IBRA! Because he felt that IBRA was a "DISRUPTIVE INFLUENCE" and Didn't fit PEP's (His) Philosophy!
StamfordDLion
Shlok: You just hit a nail on your head by yourself. You are saying that since Lukaku hit a Hat Trick against UNITED, he would have Definitely SCORED Against Barca and Real. You questioned and Criticised JOSE for Buying ETO. Well My Good Friend, Who Was the Last Chelsea Player to Score a Hat Trick against MANCHESTER UNITED??? The Name is Samuel "ETO"
StamfordDLion
Lukaku leaves, Costa croaks, Torres steps in and fluffs chances, Ba terribly out of form since he's a bench warmer. Chelsea struggling for goals, then what?
foreign_viewer
Kakuta did what many here want Lukaku to do, sit on the bench and wait. He was ruined. He needed to play at the age. Same with Lukaku.
foreign_viewer
Everyone who has heard what i have had to say about Lukaku knows i love the lad and appreciate he has talent but even for a 21 yr old he is irresponsible and really needs to get better people to advise him on when to keep his mouth shut . After his latest outburst i wont at all blame Jose and the board if they sell him. Sturridge who so many here on VC loved to hate and called selfish etc etc never said one bad word to the media about any of his team mates or about chelsea FC while he was with us. For Lukaku who is still an employee of this club to speak so dismissively of his employer is just irresponsible..i too have been young but even at 18 i was smart enough to understand how and how not to speak of your employer. furthermore the negative light in which he spoke of Costa who is set to potentially be his team mate and certainly scored more than he did with a club that not only is La Liga champions but also champions league silver medalist is just ridiculous. he needs to take a cue from El Nino as to the responsible way to speak of a potential high quality new player joining your team. Confidence is one thing but idiocy is another and the kraken has lost me with this latest outburst. This boy is still a child..the arrogance of him saying he considers himself a complete striker is just laughable..in essence thus he is saying he has nothing more to learn..unfortunately i see a similar very bad attitude towards competing for a place in the team in his words like i have had from courtois. Honestly with due deference to Frlamp and our other belgian VC members i am hoping that belgium crashes badly in this world cup the way the much heralded columbia team of a few years back did so that some of these Belgian boys can learn a basic modicum of humility. Memo to the Kraken..you want to go elsewhere? you got it..sell the fellow at a decent profit and let us get in someone who has an appetite to compete and also understands that the team comes first..i am sick and tired of having to baby sit an guy who is built like a full grown man and who even if just 21 really should behave his age and have some common sense rather than always running his mouth like a spoilt brat!!!
GabeU
Pogba didn't get a chance at UNITED. He went to JUVENTUS and made a name for himself. Don't say that Kakuta was not helped by Chelsea! We have helped him to make a name for himself in a number of clubs. He has failed to make an impact in all of them. How can a Team Like Chelsea afford to give chances to a player who can't even make an impact in the lower leagues? We can't afford that … not with some of our so called supporters who call for the Manager's Head even when we win (They say that our play was poor) let alone a Defeat.
StamfordDLion
Respect Gabeu. Even a staunch Lukaku supporter like you have seen the folly of his ways. He is starting to be Chelsea's Yaya! But unlike YaYa, who has been a Giant for City for several seasons, he has not contributed to achieved anything at Chelsea. Like YaYa he Seems like a Big Lad with an Inflated Ego. Rest Assured, Jose and Chelsea won't give Lukaku a CAKE. He will be shipped for a Profit.
StamfordDLion
Lukaku hasn't done anything to prove that he deserves to be our first choice striker,he has only shown us that he deserves to be in the team and fight for a spot in the first 11,a 15 plus striker isn't good enough to be the first striker for us under normal circumstances...I am only clamouring for lukaku not to be sold because of his great potential,his potential is worth taking the risk on,we have seen players with great potential that play exciting football at their young age and they end up being just above average..talking on current ability lukaku is just like remy and I'd say remy is just there 14goals in 26games compared to lukaku's 15goals in 31games...remy isn't quality enough to be our first choice same is lukaku,just the potential and room to improve makes lukaku better....if lukaku keeps his head down and choose to work hard that's the only way he can get to the very top
Hazard11
Some people say that Lukaku is the Next Drogba. People need to flip the pages of Drogba's life story. Even after Drogba was bought, he had to constantly compete for a spot against other strikers. Crespo was bought by Chelsea. Andre Sheva … was bought. Anelka was bought. Torres was bought. You don't become a Legend without having Brass Balls and the Fight in you to Compete with other players who play their trade in your position.
StamfordDLion
* ply their trade ...
StamfordDLion
Lukaku cannot be first choice striker for Chelsea but might  only be the third or 4th choice on the striker scale , Chelsea is not Everton or Wes Brom, in these clubs he plays with less pressure  . Everton may beat Chelsea but that  does not suddenly make Everton a big team. Scoring 15 goals for Everon doesn't make Lukaku a wonder kid  yet as he sees himself. I have to admit watching him carelessly discharged the penalty in the super cup against Bayern shows h is not matured yet, we have 16 years old that are calm and genius  , and still he is not ready to humble himself which is not the hallmark for the furure leaders of Chelsea infact he is not the  future of Chelsea ,but he can be part of if he becomes reasonable. For one Chelsea do not need disruptive personalities in the dressing room, so if he wants out - let Chelsea help him fast  
Uzoegheli
Look,so many assumptions and arguments from every side. But I think that he's got to be given another chance this season.I think that Lukaku felt that with the coming of Eto,with Torres he feared his chances would be slim just like AVB's season with us,so he wanted to go out on loan.Yes he talks to the press way more than he's supposed to,but I see his words were mistranslated and manipulated.Some of this journos are actually Arsenal,Liverpool and Man U fans seeking to discredit everything about our darling club.Some of these fans would love to see Lukaku in their club and so are doing everything to unsettle both the lad and Chelsea in that regard.Yet I think for the benefit of doubt this could be Lukaku's last chance to make it at the club he loves.If it exceeds this season,am afraid we may have another Sturridge saga in our hands.So many lapping about Chelseas being able to fare without him because of Costa's coming may be a bit overconfident.We can't tell whether Costa would hit the ground running as we hope(though I doubt so,and pray it doesn't) and thus our striker problems resurface again without any adequate backup.Lukaku,I guess,should be given one more chance to make it right at Chelsea
Samy-chim
Read his REAL words before coming to conclusions.....just like Hazard's words after our UCL exit these have been blown out of proportion
Samy-chim
Lukaku came across to all of us as a lovable guy, but over time, he has brought hatred upon himself by his use of words. He talks too much and whoever talks too much will always fall into trouble. Easily, he would have been the second choice next season. If Man City can have Aguero, Dzeko, Negredo, Jovetic in that order, not to even talk of a certain forgotten John Guideti, who has potentials too, and none is complaining. Even a certain Chicharito at Man United hasn't complain this much. Lukaku should be brought back this season, forced to sit on the bench to bear the consequences of his talks
Dexwhytecast
I think when he fluffed that pk against Bayern that was the nail in the coffin for him for the '13-14 season. After these comments, this may well be the coffin being lowered 6 feet under.
ForeverChels
“You know Chelsea: every year they buy a new top striker,” said Lukaku. “I remember me coming into the dressing room last year and seeing Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba and going: ‘Whoah! What’s happening here?’ But no problem. Many clubs are interested in me. “At this stage I have to look to myself. I have to play a good World Cup. That’s very interesting for all the players looking for a transfer, and I must be one of them. Chelsea know my point of view.”
StamfordDLion
What's the issue? He's not wanted and he knows. Let him go to a club where he will be first choice.
foreign_viewer
Lampard missed a penalty in an FA Cup final. Terry missed a chance to win Chelsea's first ever CL trophy. Anelka missed his penalty which won manure the CL. None of these players were judged on those penalties. Where's the fairness?
foreign_viewer
I am having a laugh. Aren't these quotes attributed to him:
StamfordDLion
'It would be nice to get clarity beforehand, but that will not happen, so I'm completely focused on the World Cup,' Lukaku told Het Nieuwsblad. 'You know, I still have a two-year contract at the biggest club in England, because that's Chelsea. So I still hope to play there. Chelsea have a good coach."
StamfordDLion
Belgium as team are better than Chelsea. If Lukaku's good enough for an entire country, he's good enough to be first choice for Chelsea.
foreign_viewer
Five Days ago, he is Reported to have said that Chelsea is the Biggest Club in England and Now is is Reported to have Criticised Chelsea for Being a Big Club and Doing What Big Clubs Do = Pursue a Proven World Class Striker to bolster our attack (Costa is widely believed to be the player in our case. Atletico's Costa who are Champions League Runners Up + La Liga Winners … Beating Barca and Real) (A Striker who scored 20 GOALS in the 2012-13 season and 36 GOALS in the 2013-14 Last Season) ! Where are Lukaku's BRASS BALLS to Compete for a Spot in the Greatest Club in England???
StamfordDLion
Hahaha … Comparing a Country's Squad who only play a handful of games in a year against a Club's Squad who play more than 50 Matches at Least.
StamfordDLion
Genius Reasoning. Keep 'Em Coming Foreign. Love Your Posts.
StamfordDLion
We are Judging Him not for his INABILITY to Convert the Penalty. Check out the Match Thread of that Match. Most Posters Including I were Sympathetic towards Lukaku. We were saying that he shouldn't be too hard on himself, This Experience has the potential to increase his growth and mettle, He should keep his head up, Its just the Super Cup Lukaku … Don't be too disappointed.
StamfordDLion
We are Not Mad at Him for Missing the Penalty. We are Disgusted with his Loose Lips.
StamfordDLion
Terry Missed a Penalty in the CL Finals against United. He is a Legend and Mr. Chelsea to us. He bleeds Blue and has never spoken ill or negative of Chelsea. If Lukaku really wants to leave, I for one don't care if he leaves. We will be selling him for a Profit thats for sure. If he insists on annoying Jose and the Chelsea Board, he might face the MALOUDA TREATMENT. We as a Club have not breached any Law and have every right to compel him to play with the reserves. He still has a contract with Chelsea.
StamfordDLion
The same people who tell us Willian is garbage are telling us we should have played Kakuta. What are they smoking? Willian has just played a major role in Chelsea's best Premier League campaign in 5 years and helped Chelsea reach the UCL SF. Kakuta couldn't make an impact in the weakest Chelsea team of the last decade and then could make no impact at either Fulham or Bolton. How can a player who is not good enough for Bolton expect to play for Chelsea? Sturridge was sent to Bolton and scored for fun. He would still be a Chelsea player today if not for every manager having to play Torres at his expense. It was obvious to everyone that although he could be frustrating and greedy he was better than Torres. Lukaku should stay and fight for his place. If he can't hack it move on next year. Unless Jose definitely wants him out he should grow a pair and fight instead of running off to a mid-table team like Spurs. As for the claim that Belgium are better than Chelsea absolutely ludicrous.
CobhamBlue
If Lukaku is as good as he thinks he is, there should be no problem dislodging Torres or Ba or Costa for that matter to be the 1st choice striker at #CFC. My opinion is that he has to be given the opportunity to compete for a starting spot. If however he feels he should be our number one striker simply because he scored 15 or so goals at Everton and West Brom, he needs to have his head checked. If this disrespect of the club continues then I recommend him spending the rest of his contract playing in the reserves or that we sell him for a huge profit (£40M at least). Even Shlok and FV can't convince anybody that Lukaku should be starting ahead of Costa if we sign him!
Dwebb55
What's this brouhaha huh? Romelu still has two years to do here; just recall him, play him(whether via a tactical tweak to a 4-3-3 or so) and let the world see him flop @Chelsea. Can he even do any worse than the £50m Tormented flop? Same for Courtois. Simple innit?
McQuinnChels
Elsewhere, Nigeria currently in sixes and sevens at the hands of the USA with Obi Mikel and Vanquished Moses playing INVISIBLE MEN. Hmm...
McQuinnChels
You guys need to get off Lukaku's back.... give the guy a break..... Lukaku this, Lukaku that... Why keep judging this guy unnecessarily every week. What can any young player do to please fans on this site?.... This is exactly how Sturridge was bashed and criticized unnecessarily. Lukaku talks too much? Some of you talk and make more noise than him.... Even after learning that he was misquoted... Jeez!!!
Latunvic
(What can any young player do to please fans on this site?) Stop running his mouth to the media! Talk directly to Jose if he has concerns. Not look for the easy way out. (why keep judging this guy unnecessarily every week.) As if you don't come here and judge players, managers, scouts … their performances and their attributes? Since he is your favourite, we are not entitled to judge him? Have you forgotten the times you JUDGED Jose? Give us a break will you.
StamfordDLion
Have you forgotten the times you JUDGED Jose (a manager who is one of us, the most successful Chelsea manager ever, a manager who has won trophies in several countries) What can JOSE do to please fans on this site?
StamfordDLion
I didn't judge Jose, I expressed concerns over his tactics and gave my opinion on his decisions... There's a difference between critiquing a person's work and judging a person. No one is saying you shouldn't critique Lukaku, that's not the issue here... STOP the unnecessary bashing! It's not like you're critiquing Lukaku's game or performance for us, this is just pure bashing for no tangible reason... Playing your usual Jose fan card, don't you think that's stale now? Do you want me to remind you how many coaches and players you have judged on this site?
Latunvic
Moreover, it's been stated that he was misquoted, that's not enough for you to give the guy a break... "Since he is your favourite, we are not entitled to judge him" You're very wrong mate, Lukaku is far from my favourite....
Latunvic
hes too young n loud mouth .. speaking to media is only gonna put his career at trouble at any big clubs ... even hazard does the same its a Belgian thing i guess ... but he can have a good future at chelsea if he just focuses on play rather than talk
gary777
Latunvic you need to be objective here..as you know i am one of Lukakus greatest fans on this site. I wrote an entire article detailing why at the time i felt selling the lad would be a mistake along the lines of the one SAF made regarding Pogba at united and i have seen and read every version of Lukaku's words in this latest bout of verbal diarrhea. Not one version, the direct translation from flemish, the English media doctored version;;none of them paint the lad in good light. He clearly speaks of his employer Chelsea FC derisively because we have gone out to get a top striker. He clearly indicates that he is looking out for one person..himself; not his team, not his team mates but himself. He clearly implies that he is better than Costa and rather than speaking with restraint at worst and ideally welcoming a new team mate he is essentially stirring the pot. Finally he clearly implies that he will be going to the World cup to have a great tournament ..not for Belgium but so he can attract more attention from other clubs that he implies he would like to move to. All this from a guy who still has 2 yrs on a contract with chelsea. This guy really needs to just shut his mouth. Youth cannot excuse this sort of arrogance and self centeredness. This our game of footie is a team sport ..Team first ..individual accolades after. Just imagine him joining the locker room now with all this nonsense he has said ..he has already made enemies of virtually all the other strikers we still have here by the dismissive way he has spoken of them. It will be a long road back for him and i would not be surprised if after this latest episode the camel's back has been broken. Team harmony is so important..this 20 yr old brat wants chelsea FC to hand him the no 1 striker spot when he could not help his team mates when brought on as a sub in the Euro super cup to close out Javi martinez when most of his team mates had been playing for ~ 120 minutes (much of which had been 10 v 11), he couldnt take a half decent PK when a winger like Shaqiri of Bayern (also a youngster) made his. At the time i was one of the most vocal to leap to his defense but then he essentially denigrated his team mates and his club by vocally and in the media saying he hoped Everton finished above us and that he would outscore all our strikers. And it did not end there..he kept talking nonsense till Jose called his bluff and forced him to admit publicly that he, not jose and not chelsea had requested a loan out (there are even some sources that he had asked to be sold outright at the time). It just goes on and on..the guy has a very overinflated impression of how good he is and i for one cannot wait to see him flop when he faces the best in the world at the world cup to make him understand that as gifted as he is physically, as talented as his ..he is no where close to a complete striker and he still has much to learn; both on the field and of it. Finally if he is looking for a place where he will be handed a starting striker position without competing for it against top level talent then "Everton" level is as far as he will go in his career because he is dreaming if he thinks he will go to any of the top 4-5 clubs in the BPL and not have to compete, ditto he wont find an automatic starter position handed to him in the top 2-3 clubs in La Liga, the Bundesliga, Ligue A or even Serie A.
GabeU
I luv dis guy but he is makin so many enemies 4 himself. If he cant compete wit d best, he cant b d best. Cfc bought Shevvy wen we already av Drogba & Drogba stil comes out on top. We bought Torres 4 £50m & Drog stil overshined & now, he is a legend. When Mou came bk, he singled out Lukaku & Debrune dat dey r stayin put wit him. I bliv Mou saw somtin den & if Lukaku didnt ask 4 transfer request, he would av compete wit Etoo & Torres. He would av com out on top if actually he is beta dan dem bcos we cant judge him wit wot he did at Everton. If Torres is loan 2 Everton, he might outscore all d bpl strikers bcos d pressure wil not b dere on like Cfc where u av 2 compete wit d best & also must deliver.
Oladsomething
u all seem of forget tht this guy was told to prove himself at the first loan spell and then come back..he did tht and still got out on loan for no apparent reason and yes him being on loan cost us the title no matter which side ur looking at it...he has to look after himself...he produced 2 seasons in the epl with a goal scroing record the best wldve been proud of and he still hasnt heard from the chelsea side anythn to assure him of his importance..i mean if this guy was at arsenal utd or liverpool or any other team of this caliber they wld use him and not go splash 35 mill on costa just for the sake of it..who here knew costa or even raved abt him last season..he was practically average and this season he came to life..its nt like he has been hitting goals day in day out since 5 yrs ago..its only tht one season...ill take lukaku as first choice over costa...he has epl experience after the loan spells and proved up to the task....i mean chelsea are becoming a joke when it comes to youth and loan players...here we have lukaku courtious and may others tht any top team will take in a sec and others of great talent but we never seem to blv in them and give the chances they deserve....we spend millions to develop and enhance our youth just for others to snatch them at a very low price (matic comes to mind)..we got rid of strurridge just cuz we wanted to depend on a 50 mill star...here at chelsea we will always choose the player based on his money value i.e how much we buy him...if chelsea had the chance of a talented young player with a 10 mill fee or a famous player with a 35 mill fee we will definitely choose the latter and thts stupid...we say we are in transition..well we have been saying tht for 3 yrs...a team in transition shld at least depend on its youth academy..12 yrs and no one has been promoted to the first team setup and broke into it is a scandal really...and nobody dare say tht there wasnt players who are good enough to do tht...we need a coach who isnt afraid to be his fate in youth and unfortunately jose will never do tht cuz he is mr afraid for his reputation than the long term success
Nadim Damaj
@Nadim...Lukaku asked for a transfer/loan last year. Again, do you think Arsenal/LPool/ManU/ Man City will play Lukaku as the first choice striker...sorry, they will play him as second choice...I guess Jose will plan as second choice behind Costa...But, this guy is so afraid of competition, that he feels even Torres will push him out of first 11...For all the arrogance, he doesnt have the heart or spirit to fight...
Blu_run
Willian contributed to a trophyless season.
foreign_viewer
I do not understand last season being overrated as being one of the best ever. Look at what Simeone did with the money he had. Look at Rodgers taking Liverpool from 7th to 2nd. Chelsea went from 3rd to 3rd, behind Liverpool, managed by Rodgers.
foreign_viewer
Reading lots of really inane comments here. When the great Frank Lampard undermines a managers authority its perfectly ok but when the clubs arguably best young talent complains about getting opportunity to prove himself, hey he has a big mouth and he should shut it. I guess Frank Lampard's bewilderment of Sturridge's sale hasn't seeped down to the fans. Talking about common sense, try consistent double digit goals versus struggling fowards and what's the solution? Isolate the already existing PROVEN goalscorer in the very league you are competing in and show him your true regard by securing a player at the end of his career who ends up not even hitting double digits. Hey I guess its common sense to sell your youth prospect for peanuts and two seasons later when he wait for it proves to be world class player he already is, what do you do? That's right buy him for fortune! Yayyyy! How's this for common sense On 4 January 2013, Ba joined Chelsea for an undisclosed fee. On 29 August 2013, Eto'o signed a one- year deal with English side Chelsea, for an undisclosed fee. That should tell you that the Lukaku article is pure fiction and even if it were true, would doing a Sturridge be the common sense thing?
traykidd
Thank you GabeU & Stamford for reaching the same conclusion I did with this guy. And Gabe, I know you have backed him to the hilt in the past. For me, his pre-season at Chelsea was far from convincing, and his cocky penalty misadventure in the SC told me that he obviously thought he was much better than he really is. His loans at WBA and Everton have indicated that he can score a goal, fine, but he would have needed to bang in at least 25 per loan to then expect coming home to the no.1 striker berth. Scoring a hat trick against Luxemburg does not make you a complete striker. I think he is going to find it very hard in the WC, where defences even in the minnow teams will be very good, I see a relative flop from him. So good luck in your shop window Lukaku, I hope you find the club that will bow to your ego, only don't play too well, otherwise the people here will be dead against your sale. For me, and I suspect with Jose, you have said enough already to be sold at a handsome profit and have done with it. One last point, Gabe's comments on being a team player and harmonising with your fellow team-mates (even though you might be competing for a position with them) is all important, hugely important. All you have indicated is that you only think of yourself.
BlueABS
Luis Suarez must be useless as he contributed to a trophy less season at Liverpool. Nobody has ever suggested last season was one of the best ever. What it was was a season in which Chelsea challenged for the Premier League for the first time in 5 years and reached the UCL SF. Long term success is built on consistency and getting Chelsea back challenging Man City for the title is the first step in us eventually winning the title back. Atletico & Liverpool had great seasons but let's see if they can repeat it. When Carlo went to France some provincial club beat him to the title then disappeared. It is not normal to score over 100 Premier League goals. Let's see if Suarez & Sturridge can repeat last season. I reckon they will not get close.
CobhamBlue
I must say Lukaku,like Eden Hazard and Courtois,has massive talent,but is being dragged behind by his pride.It looks like a problem with Belgian players,as Hazard and Courtois are in the same situation.Hazard sees himself as a 'Saviour' to Chelsea_FC while Courtois wants to be 'the only goal keeper at Chelsea next season'.if these 3 lads cool down and plays to enjoy football and not for pride,they will for sure have a great future.
Langstone Mutuku
@traykidd - you have one major flaw in your argument, and that is that AVB is a 'manager'. He is just a joke.
BlueABS
The other major flaw in many people's arguments is using Torres and Ba as the yardstick for how good Lukaku can be.
BlueABS
@Langstone - it does seem to be a Belgian trait at this time. I am very interested to see how Belgium does in this WC, will they soar, or will they flop terribly.
BlueABS
Do I regret the sale of Sturridge, not one little bit. As Cobham has said, I doubt him and Saurez can repeat last season's high, once again Chelsea has shown the world how to beat a team, seemingly invincible, although we did it relatively late in the season. All the other PL clubs will have now seen how to play Loserpool (and Citeh & Arsenal for that matter), a new season will be a new playing field for those clubs. Teams they hammered might not be quite so much a given 3 points next year.
BlueABS
You guys are just making a mountain out of a mole hill. Some of you talk like footballers live in a different world. You want Lukaku to come out and say "I'll sit on the bench at Chelsea even if it's at the detriment of my career." I don't think Lukaku is asking to be Chelsea's first choice CF, he never said that, an opportunity to prove his worth is what I feel he wants. If he feels sitting on the bench as 3rd or 4th choice CF isn't good for his career, I don't see that as pride. The Pogba we're calling for today is what he is because he believed in himself. Give Lukaku a break, he loves Chelsea, but also fighting for his career...
Latunvic
so many excuses here just to show that their coach is brilliant nad was right whatever the decesion he made last season...and we have got great result also with that decesion...i.e winning nothing... talking nonsense in the press...boring display of football...no trophy in the cabinet...and they say we have the best coach in the world...jose used to be best but now is nowere the one he was....Madrid winning cl after he leaves their club in a messy situation...shows how bad jose has become in last few season...he is just now become good in talking crap in press about everyone...and he has become the master in him but when it come to show his master in the pitch he is not the one who he used to be....he is just now riding on his previois achievements but in reality he has lost the touch he used to have few years ago..
shlok27
@BlueABS,if you feel that Chelsea didn't miss a striker of Sturidge's calibre then I guess that's your personal oppinion and you're entitled to it...but I doubt most blue faithfuls would share that oppinion with you. My guess is that even if Suarez leaves to Pools,Sturidge would still be a force to reckon with there,perhaps even better. Maybe reading the comments here would give us an idea on what lies on ground http://weaintgotnohistory.sbnation.com/chelsea-fc-transfer-rumours-news/2014/6/7/5787798/chelsea-fc-transfer-news-romelu-lukaku-diego-costa
Samy-chim
Lampard said selling Sturridge was "bad business" by Chelsea.
foreign_viewer
@Samy-chim - I am not saying that Sturridge hasn't done the business and that many Blues fans still regret that he wasn't given a proper chance (blame the Board and Torres for that). I, personally do not miss him or regret his departure and I don't think Loserpool will be so free-scoring next year, teams previously beaten handsomely will try and use the Chelsea 'model' against them next year.
BlueABS
@FV - ohhh right, that's your mate Lampard, right? LOL!
BlueABS
The absolute Club legend you hold in such high regard!
BlueABS
I think the arguement that Lukaku left last season because it was a world cup year, with Beneteke having being in hot form the previous year and the competition for places in the Belgian squad was hot,that he had to fight not only to go to Brazil but to be Belgian's first striker as well,is a plausible one.He couldn't achieve that when you've got Eto and Torres(the guy who chased out Sturidge indirectly,I must say),and possibly Ba too in the squad. Also given the trauma of hugging the bench in AVB's time with us,I guess that's an experience he clearly doesn't want to expereince anything remotely close to.Cause indeed it could be traumatic to any young strike,perhaps could form a complex even.@ Gabeu I think I've seen at least five different translations of his interview,even most Belgian sources do not go into much detail as much as the English media has been doing. But the post I made above helped to show most of them. Make your choice which one sounds most 'credible'
Samy-chim
Did Jose sent him on loan??? No...Even Lukaku accepted it that he forced chelsea to send him on loan...Now, he is forcing us to sell him...I really hope he gets a wonderful world cup, thereby increasing our chances to sell him to high price...Personally, I want him to swap with Juventus for Pogba (Maybe Lukaku + 15m)....Get somelevel headed person as 2nd choice...Manduzic/Remy or Bony (little costly for 2nd choice)....
Blu_run
Let's see if there's any disagreement now that it's Lampard who said that.
foreign_viewer
This comment seem to underline a lot about my point in this saga Why Lukaku fears he isn't part of Jose's plans was in part ... he got loaned out without comment, in part because he was supposed to take Ba's place, and we know where Ba was in the hierarchy If Mou didn’t mind going with Torres and Eto’o and Ba, despite how much reason there really wasn’t to have any faith in them, then what does that tell you about Mou’s faith in Lukaku? And try looking at it from Lukaku’s perspective. The big name Torres, who simply cannot play badly enough to be put off the team, the manager’s old buddy from his glory days in Italy, and then there’s him, the new kid who is supposed to take the place of the clear third choice? So he requests a chance to get more pitch time on a loan to improve his skills and lo and behold, the manager doesn’t mind that at all. What does that indicate to you? And now that he’s looking back, he’s seeing Ba getting to watch from the sideline as Eto’o and Torres do absolutely nothing to earn their time on the pitch. Okay, Mou said “blah, blah”, but Mou says a lot of things. It tells us what he wants us to think he’s thinking but it doesn’t tell us what he’s actually thinking. I mean, we didn’t really play attacking football, we played aggressive defense and then continued to look very clueless very often if our counter-attacks failed. Which they very often did. Mata and Luiz were never players Mou wanted as key members of his squad but of course he couldn’t say that then and there. Chalobah had to go out on one final loan, but do you think he’s actually being included in the first team next season? I sure don’t. “Oh, but he had a bad loan”. Yeah, well, Lukaku had two awesome loans and that’s doing sod all for him. I’m fairly sure Lukaku is a rather intelligent kid. That’s not always a huge advantage and he’s probably even a bit too smart for his own good. If he’s looking at the patterns, he’s not going to see anything nice, and if he’s the least bit philosophical then he’ll realise that neither Mou nor the club actually gives a rat’s ass abouut him, which would logically imply that he should return the lack of emotion and focus on nothing outside of his own career. And can you really say that it’s best for Lukaku to sit on his ass instead of playing? by Monochromatic Spider
Samy-chim
@f_v is lampard abramovich??
habbo
I do feel, last year performance was a drastic improvement over year before that...We had the league title on our hands with 4 games to go and we messed with that...If we can take our chances next year, I can see us winning the league....
Blu_run
the lad talk 2much and he should stop listening 2his uncle f_v. Lukaku!
habbo
Jose if he hates Lukaku, can make him suffer hell, by making him part of Reserves team and play him there for 2 years....The world will forget him...I somehow hate people who talk too much rather than working on/off the field, that includes JOSE
Blu_run
lukaku is not better than ba
habbo
The Pogba we crave for now did the same thing Lukaku's doing now,at Man Utd and SAF felt he was too brash,oppinionated and overconfident and so let him go away for free....now he's the darling of many fans,and Man Utd,Madrid,Bayern,Arsenal,Man Cty,Juventus,and Chelsea all have interest in him or would die to have him... Pogba felt he had confidence in his abilities and attimes was too vocal about it...even to SAF's face. Now he even dislikes Man Utd,a club that he grew at... Hell,even his debuts at Man Utd was almost a failure and he didn't grab any of the few opportunities Sir Alex gave him. Yet some of us now crave for him. But we forget that it's the same condidence in himself Lukaku shows now that has seen him grow as a person. And even now he still needs a lot of brushing up and humbling to do
Samy-chim
@Samy-chim - you are falling for Lukaku's self-opinion and self-importance. he is not as good as he thinks he is and and what he will be. Potential? maybe, but IMO, no, he will be a top-table striker, never a top-team striker. When him (and Sturridge) bang in 30 goals a season, then they can lay claim to being a top striker. Until then Lukaku will always be a no. 2 at best.
BlueABS
Jeeesh, how does Lukaku's comments make his fellow Belgian squad members feel? Now he is playing for himself, not the national team. I think he will flop badly.
BlueABS
Immediately Mourinho returns he says he didn't like how Chelsea played in the last two seasons i.e. The football was beautiful to watch and Chelsea were beginning to be any neutral's favourite. Now it's the opposite.
foreign_viewer
Lukaku hasn't contributed anything meaningful to chelsea since he arrived so if he wants to leave because he is scared of competition for places, I suggest we send him packing ASAP.
don delsy
He is pretty much whoring himself out to anyone out there. Cheap and undignified. Can you imagine what Jose must be thinking? LOL!
BlueABS
TC isn't much better. At least Hazard has used the no.10 shirt to underline his commitment to Chelsea, if a little curved ball in the message.
BlueABS
Belgian international at 16. First choice striker at 21. Way better than Costa was at 21. I predict he will be far superior to Costa in four years.
foreign_viewer
"@NoHazardNoParty: At 21 Romelu Lukaku has scored more league goals than Ibra, Suarez, Messi, Rooney, Eto'o, Van Persie, Neymar, and Balotelli at the age of 21"
foreign_viewer
....forgot to add PSG to that list and Barca(arguably)....but you get my point....I think Lukaku's selfbelief is actually a plus to us and not that we should be overly angry about.Great strikers Or goalscorers have self belief.Count C.Ronaldo,Aguero,Suarez,Balotelli,even our incoming Costa and Sturidge too(forgive me for using him too often today). You can't forget Messi to a large extent too. Yes the kid takes it overboard attimes because he's young but the way we as a club handles him is what would count.I repeat,his words are not as grave as being reported by the media...as some words were added by guardian and some ommited by countless others. One thing is that he's got a big ego,I feel it's better than having a player with no selfbelief like Torres.
Samy-chim
How can Lukaku contribute if he isn't allowed to play full games for Chelsea? Do you want to turn Lukaku into Kalou? Always on the bench. Super sub tag. Ruined by the age of 27.
foreign_viewer
Ohhh come on Samy-chim, how can you compare Lukaku to any of those strikers (even Sturridge!!!), he has nowhere near the skill and ability of anyone of them.
BlueABS
Ohhh come on Samy-chim, how can you compare Lukaku to any of those strikers (even Sturridge!!!), he has nowhere near the skill and ability of anyone of them.
BlueABS
@FV - come back in 4-5 years time and tell us you were right about Lukaku all along. Good luck with that LOL!
BlueABS
They are 'super-subs' for a reason. When Kalou was a starter, he was nowhere near as effective.
BlueABS
Are we talking about the "ability" to put the ball the in the back of the net? That's what strikers are judged on.
foreign_viewer
There is certainly a bit of rewriting history to say before Mourinho arrived the football was beautiful to watch. Against Barcelona, Bayern Munich & Benfica Chelsea were on the back foot the whole game. I'm delighted we won because to me - unlike many on here - the end justifies the means. However, Chelsea actually played much better against Bayern in the Super Cup than they did in the Champions League Final. The media talk about Chelsea constantly parking the bus but any true Chelsea fan knows the only games we truly parked the bus were Atletico away and at Liverpool - neither game was lost and in fact the Liverpool result was probably the highlight of the season. As Chelsea played the "reserves" at Liverpool and Liverpool had scored 6 against Arsenal, 5 against Spurs, 4 against Everton, 3 against Man City & Man Utd this was clearly well justified. Chelsea's problem last season was their inability to score when OTHER teams parked the bus against THEM. Look at the match stats for all these dropped points - massively in Chelsea's favor. This is why we are trying to sign Costa amongst others. When we played relatively open matches against relatively equal opposition we nearly always won: Arsenal (twice), Man City (twice), Spurs, Man Utd, Southampton (twice), Liberpool (h), PSG (h).
CobhamBlue
If Lukaku proves me wrong, I will hold my hands up majorly. We use to collectively get on Drogba's back, but look how he turned his game. So it's possible for Lukaku, I just don't think he (or Sturridge) have the right mentality to be a (Jose) warrior. Period.
BlueABS
Ok FV, so 15 or 16 goals makes him a top, no.1 striker? Really?
BlueABS
Mourinho's "warrior" attitude won him nothing last season.
foreign_viewer
The irony is that Torres does have the right mentality, that's why Jose likes him. First and foremost, a team player, a team 'warrior'. Lukaku (and Sturridge) play for themselves ... always.
BlueABS
So is this about Mourinho or Lukaku?
BlueABS
One small point, Jose picks the team. LOL!
BlueABS
You know where I would be a bit nonchalant about him is if one or more of our strikers happened to appear among the top ten scorers last season,but alas none was. Lukaku,a 20 yr old yeah was ninth,but he too had his injurie and was sometimes used on the left wing with Naismith up top.Maybe the coming of Costa makes us confident in such regard,but I recall some of us had such optimism when Eto was coming in too. When a 20yr old almost scored more league goals than our 3 strikers combined what does that say? If you claim he wouldn't be a topteam striker,I guess that's what people thought of Suarez early on in his carear,10 yrs ago now Real Madrid,Arsenal,Liverpool would love to have him their squad.Suarez was more aggressive and petulant than Lukakau might ever be and yet his selfconfidence has led him where he is now, with him almost having won an EPL title. If we sell Lukaku this might send alot of signals to our youngsters and just as Courtois,PVA,Lukaku,Bertrand are scared of playing for us it might not be long before we might soon be in a dillema only playing for the short term like Man City's squad.Hope we don't make another Matic mistake. Am not asking him to be 1st striker but a chance to fight for a place.I doubt a kid that young would mouth of to the press if Mou had intimated him that he is part of his plans,or that he wants him to fight for his place.I remember when during last season he said he hadn't heard from the club for ...was it 2 or 3 months... at a stretch.Imagine that. Anyone could feel unimportant with that sort of treatmen. Well,that's just my humble oppinion on this... I just hope the club and Lukaku handles this well....whatever happens the club knows best.
Samy-chim
KTBFFH!
Samy-chim
@f_v, "Immediately Mourinho returns he says he didn't like how Chelsea played in the last two seasons i.e. The football was beautiful to watch and Chelsea were beginning to be any neutral's favourite. Now it's the opposite." Really? What "neutral"? What was his/her name? "beautiful" under who? AVB, RDM or the FSW? You mad bro, or having a laugh?
McQuinnChels
Granted Mazacar happened under the legend RDM, and we scored as well as conceded goals, just the way 'they' consider 'appropriate' or the 'right' way to play football...scoring and conceding Rodgers' Liverpooo oo style. But what "neutral" ever supported or had us as "favourite"? Mark Clattenburg(remember the Mancs match?) or Howard Webb? What neutral? Gary Neville? Dude, there ain't no such thing as neutral in this sport. Get a grip.
McQuinnChels
What is this about Strurridge been missed in Chelsea, may I ask - can Strurridge fit in real Madrid or. Barcelona- the answer is NO! I still think because of sentiments a lot of people make a whole lot of opinion in support of their favorite player or coach . We have to accept there are type of players not suited to the kind of soccer Wbramovich wants , and it appears Jose want t fastback this knowing quite well 65% of current players cannot give Romanthe desired effect. If Chelsea will play sexy we need different profile of players with experience ought for this , then the younger ones will grow and evolve with the new tradition . Jose had such profiles of player at Porto and I am sure we are. Getting the right mix with the movements in the transfers.as for Lukaku- he need to access his advisers if they the cause of his problems or asess himself and wake up . Chelsea for life.
Uzoegheli
There are very few Chelsea players who have put so little time on the pitch, to be so hated by so many in the stands. One has to ask why that is. I'm pretty clear in my mind about it, and this is one that I don't want to see in our squad. I'd rather write off Lukaku as a remnant of a football experiment, and just skip a generation to one of our soon-to-be academy graduates. Best for everyone involved, IMO.
solid7
I read all this and all i can say is Shlok must be a re---d saying JM lacks common sense? Gawd where the fu*k is this guy from? No interpretation has said something positive about Lukaku's comment so no point saying he was misquoted. Guy still has a long way to go, his team play is very poor, his first touch heavy. Hope he his humble enough to to learn, so he can become that complete striker he craves.
elemzy
I have no doubt that Lukaku will score more goals playing with a better midfield than West Brom's and Everton's.
foreign_viewer
@solid7, Borini and Sturridge were hated just as much. We tend to hate our rising young talented strikers just because we want superstar names badly, so bad that we give our young talents hard time for no just reason. This is not just about Lukaku, go check articles related to Borini and Sturridge when they were here, you'll see a trend. I'm not saying Lukaku is completely without fault, I wasn't exactly in support of his acquisition, but we've signed him and he has shown that he can score goals. People should stop judging him and leave him to fight for his career. Not every young player will be as calm/quiet as Josh McEachran...
Latunvic
Let me get this straight, foreign_viewer... You're willing to be that Lukaku can better his average goal tally with Everton and West Brom, in a Chelsea shirt? In his first season? And because I don't want a prolonged Q&A session with you - what if he doesn't? What if he performs just like our current batch of strikers? Anybody is free to answer that... What are we going to talk about then? I think that once we sign a world class striker, we're all going to have to pur out thinking caps on, if/when the goals don't come pouring in. Because it seems to me that everyone around here is just running on optimism and team spirit - which, of course, doesn't put balls in the back of the net.
solid7
@Latunvic - I think you're half right. It is my opinion that people - espeically those of us over the age of 21, who aren't part of the "now" generation - tend to not like those who believe they are owed something, and feel that they're too good to pay their dues. For me, that's my biggest irritation. I don't care about superstars - I would rather have a full squad of better than average players who function like a well-oiled machine, than a rag tag bunch with a couple of high dollar names, who carry a higher burden than the rest of the group, by virtue of their pricetag. For years, we have been throwing dollars after names that come with expectations. And in doing so, we have created the monster that goes by the nickname of "I want to be #1". We had to start somewhere, so money had to be spent. It's time to get out of that mode, and start making these players realize when they sign the contract - YOU MUST PROVE YOUR WORTH AND EARN YOUR SPOT. Just like everyone else in the squad!
solid7
Apparently the lad has been misquoted, though it's doubtful. Multiple news sources, reputed ones, reported him saying he wants a transfer. Apparently he is unwilling to be part of the team and fight for the no.1 striker's slot. He wants it handed to him on a platter. I have been championing his cause here, that he be given a full season in a blue shirt. But if the lad has made his mind up and wants a move, then so be it. The kid is being very poorly advised. And the club or Jose haven't helped the situation either. Real shame.
syed230183_chelseafc
How have the club or Jose not helped? If you coddle him, and tell him how good he is, the ego grows... This is how all children learn to manipulate adults. He needs to be helped by being bench parked. NO loans, NO transfers. It should have be done that way last season.
solid7
It's not about coddling, but about a proper dialogue between Jose and the kid as to the club's plans for him. But anyways a parting of company seems imminent. We'll see what transpires soon enough.
syed230183_chelseafc
How can we possibly know, as outsiders, that a "proper dialogue" has not taken place? Lukaku was already forced to clarify a seeming half-truth, when he appeared to put the blame on Mourinho for sending him out. We all know now, directly from his own mouth, that he, himself, made the unilateral decision to foce a loan. So for a brat that constantly talks to the media, how do we have any benefit of the doubt left to offer?
solid7
Lukaku has great potential. But he seems to be brainwashed. The club invested heavily on him. Sending him on loan for development and yet he speak ***** about the club once he claimed to have loved. Very sad about this. But I won't care if he leaves, its his decision. Its normal that every top club have at least 2 to 3 top class strikers. But this big mouthed is too afraid to fight for his place.
jahanzeb
I was a bit irritated after reading various translations of his comments,and couldn't help but feel highly disappointed at a lad who's dream was to wear the Chelsea blue. A lad who in tears dreamed of playing at Stamford bridge for just one minute,and would fill fulfilled. A lad who dreamed of a press briefing in the Chelsea conference room. You can say Lukaku is a kid being a kid,but we've had kids with better maturity and focus. Noticed people are quick to throw Pogba into the picture,but this was a lad who had the ball in his court,with his contract running out at Man Utd,he had to chose between renewing his contract or moving to somewhere where he would get better chance or playing time. Quite different from Lukaku's situation who's still contracted with Chelsea(2 years). So his departure does not solemnly rest on him,the more reason to stop the yapping. Costa is rated as one of the deadliest strikers in the world on current form,but the lad has had his share of tough times before making it to the top. Costa was signed by Atlético Madrid in 2007 from Braga for €1.5 million, who loaned him back to Braga, and then to Celta Vigo and again to Albacete where he was scoring regularly before he was sold to Valladolid in 2009. In 2010 the following season Athletico Madrid resigned the forward,as back up to Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero,as the 3rd striker,and he made sure he made impacts from the bits and pieces games he played. In his time at Athletico since Forlan and Aguero's departure he has had to compete with strikers like Falcao,Villa,Adrian e.t.c...stayed grounded worked hard,and led Athletico Madrid to a La Liga title and UCL final,not something many of his predecessors can boast of. Competition makes you stronger,makes you better,brings out the best in your ability,you learn from the best,and grow in your ability. Costa is worth 32mil euros,ladies and gentlemen,humility and hardwork pays. Message to Lukaku.
nelyvanile
Chelsea shouldn't rely on Costa him to save the club. It's all good for Atletico with their budget because they had no choice but to rely on Costa, but for Chelsea it would be a mistake. You'll see what I mean when the season is underway.
foreign_viewer
Fabregas is not a striker. The season will end in disaster if Chelsea FC management believe that Costa is a marquee signing. That's how desperate football is these days. Great strikers are hard to find. A fully fit Falcao is better than Costa but that kind of striker is rare. That's why Costa needs a striking partner.
foreign_viewer
Don't be a dolt. Nobody said Fabregas was a striker. In the same vein, nobody is counting on Costa to save the club. I'm sure that the idea is to find a certain harmony within the core group. Football, last I checked, was still a team sport.
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McQuinnChels
Is Costa a marquee signing? Is he that good? As good as Eto'o in his prime? Or Henry in his prime? Falcao? I don't think he is. I hope the price tag doesn't fool the Chelsea management again. They need another good striker along with Costa.
foreign_viewer
We don't need a marquee signing. We need someone who fits into a system, and whom the other players will take well to. 32mil is a lot of quid, but it's not exactly world class money, these days.
solid7
3rd top scorer in La Liga. 27 league goals + 8 Champions League goals. 1 league goal less than Messi, 4 less than Ronaldo. Spanish League Champion & UCL Finalist. Falcao might have been better but as he is nearly 3 years old, £20m dearer and done his knee in it really would be a much riskier signing. And Falcao chose to sign for Monaco for £10m per year tax free last year when Chelsea wanted him. You may as well say; "forget Costa, why are Chelsea not signing Ronaldo."
CobhamBlue
@nelly you are absolutely spot on!all top strikers have had to compete with at least one or two bigger nes while they were young..
Hazard11
Good Post Nely
StamfordDLion
Well i hope the Board & Jose take the right decision in solving this problem. Anyhow i dont want him sold this season but made to sit on the bench as our 2nd striker whether he likes it or not & prove what he's got in Chelsea colours agaist those parked defences. He should be made to sign extension to his remaining 2 year deal or face the Malouda treatment if he refuses & then probably retained or sell him in the summer of 2015-2016. I think by that time nobody will say he was not given a chance, & we also succeed in using him to compete with Costs & Torres or Ba. Recent history in Anfield with Suarez is enough to say that as a player under contract he is going nowhere & won't be sold at any price, period!!!
Jerry Blues
No one @ chelsea claimed that Lukaku will be sold...They are still having him on his plans...But,its the Kid who is pushing for the transfer...If he doesnt want to compete for the spot in first team, then he can go to teams where there is no competition for his spot like Everton, Arsenal...This kid found Torres, Ba & Eto as threat and asked for a loan...I guess this kid doesnt have fighting mentality or real confidence on him, but just speak as if he has confidence.
Blu_run
How many sick notes will Costa hand in next season? He can't be the solution to everything.
foreign_viewer
What more can we say, spot on@nelyvanile, where have you been?
SameX
Oh boy!!!! When Gabe U gets upset, he really lets it go... the comment coming from Gabe U an avowed supporter of our Belgian FC contigent shows that the guy has gone to far. I love Lukaku and believed if wan get Ba moving on, He should be the automatic 3 choice striker behind Costa and Torres or automatic sub for any one that started at least until next season after which we judge whether we should just pay off Torres ( If he had another woeful season and promote maybe Bamford). My angst against Lukaku is his deep seated bitterness against the club for not giving him a first team jersey by right. Watch Lukaku last season for Everton and you will see that he still lacks that one time touch and astute awareness of his surroundings vis a viz his attackers. Also it was obvious that he is still raw and can only develop with adequate game time. the club refused him to go back to Westbrom and sent him to Everton where the competion is tougher and expectations are higher and he performed admirably. I think a wise player (Like Courtois if i maybe add) would have waited until preseason, seat down with the club and reached an agreement. whether another loan to a better club. I believed A. Madrid would be better than everton in terms of competition and in developing is technical aspects of his game. Also Simeone demands almost the same thing ( hardwork and teamworK) like Mourinho that why we are buying half of the A. Madrid squad. in the ideal case, he accepts another contract of 5yrs on improve wages and go to A. Madrid for 1 year or he says no, he wants to leave and both her and the club comes out with a statement and we part on good terms. There might even be another opportunity in the future to return to the bridge and fulfill his dream with or without Mourinho at the helm of affairs ( see Tiago, maybe Drogba). Instead he has continued in his arrogance and over inflated sense of importance in making disparaging remarks about the club that owns you for another two years... I can go to the world cup and score 40 goals. it does not matter. we can put in on the bench whenever we want or force him to play in the reserves... nothing will happen he can scream all he likes but won't have a choice but fulfill his contract.. He better remember what this club did to Malouda... the audacity of youth.... can you imagine this foolish boy calling himself a complete striker.... An idiot with an ego is the most insufferable of fellows. I hope we stick him to the bench next season and force him to eat is words for all his abuse .. for c rying out loud.. the buffoon actually went on twitter at the begining of last season to say he wanted Everton to finish ahead of his club... Benayoun lost his job for saying less....
Dwonder
Lukaku said he'll score more goals than Eto'o, Ba and Torres. And he did.
foreign_viewer
Rant all you want, yes you can and probably should, but why go racist calling him a "buffoon", @Dwonder huh?
McQuinnChels
Oh, Lord... Noting racist about Dwonder's comment. A "buffoon" is a clown, McChin. Not to be confused with a "Buffon" whcih is an Italian goalkeeper.
solid7
LOL @soil 7, where I'm from, "...buffoon is a mix of a baboon and a buffalo. Oh! And a muffin too! Soil: You're crazy." Get link: nl.urbandictionary.com/define.php%3...
McQuinnChels
I was brought up with, not the urban dictionary, but the academic one. Althought I understand that where you must come from, they probably don't have much use for such frivolity. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/buffoon?s=t
solid7
How sad, in other words you were brought up an English learner?! You need to enjoy your generic frivolity then.
McQuinnChels
 

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