When Romelu Lukaku does go back to Chelsea, there can be no doubt that he’ll be going back as a much better forward than the one who left to join West Bromwich Albion on loan, scoring 13 Premier League goals this season.
Lukaku has revealed that the main reason behind that are particular training methods, which Clarke has used to stop him from getting complacent or lazy during his time with the Baggies.
There are split rumours relating to his future suggesting that he could stay at West Brom on loan for another year and that he may come back to Stamford Bridge and fight for his place in the side.
Either way it’s an intriguing and interesting little insight into how he has approached making himself a very important player for Chelsea’s future.
The training methods Clarke has used, which the Belgian says have made him better, have been designed at challenging the striker on a constant daily basis.
Lukaku cites the example of being regularly switched between teams during training matches and being dumped into the position of having to help the losing side fight back.
He also talks about being put in a variety of awkward positions by Clarke, which require him to think outside the box in terms of how to deal with a certain tactic or certain issues.
It’s a very simple and very effective form of thinking on the part of Clarke, which will definitely help the club that once employed him.
He seems to be getting Lukaku used to the idea of challenges, facing up to them and how to overcome them which increases his chances of playing regularly for Chelsea.
When he does return he could find himself thrust into a group of forwards including Victor Moses, Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and possibly another centre forward Chelsea may sign this summer.
His first challenge is going to be proving that he can be more effective than any of the other players at the club, who wouldn’t think twice about taking his place in the team.
He’s also going to be challenged in terms of pressure and expectation, both of which are far greater at Chelsea than they are at West Brom.
Chelsea are expected to be challenging for all forms of silverware and they will be playing some form of European football next season, which increases the number of games and the possible quality of opponents that Lukaku may come up against.
Clarke has triggered a very simple though process in the mind of the striker, which has already got him thinking about how to overcome various obstacles. It’s a logical method designed to get the best out of him and win him an enormous amount of respect in the process.
Do you expect him to return this summer?
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