Will penalty miss be Lukaku’s last action for Chelsea in 2013-14?

Could his crucial miss from 12 yards against Bayern Munich on Friday be Romelu Lukaku's last piece of action for Chelsea this season?

While I don’t completely agree with Jose Mourinho’s assertion that the better team lost the recent UEFA Super Cup final (a quick glance of the attempts on goal should put paid to even the most ardent supporter of these claims) but you would be hard pushed not to agree that they were unlucky in the manner of their defeat.

Losing on penalties is never a good experience, but in the manner Chelsea did stung in particular.

It was retribution for Bayern Munich - who lost the 2012 Champions League Final on spot-kicks against Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea - with Didier Drogba the coolest man in the building to slot past Manuel Neuer and cue mass celebration.

But in this tie, it was the man dubbed as the next Drogba when he arrived at the club in 2011, who fluffed his lines.

Romelu Lukaku’s nonchalant attempt from 12 yards acted as mere saving practice for Neuer - and Bayern were the winners.

For Lukaku, could that be it in a Chelsea shirt this season?

He had a great pre-season campaign for the club, and was widely expected to be a contender for the starting line-up this season.

However Mourinho has so far played Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Andre Schurrle up front - whilst also signing Samuel Eto’o.

Considering the options available to the manager - one striking option has to go.

And in this case, age could hinder Lukaku.

At just 20-years-old he could easily be shipped out on loan again as Chelsea say something like ‘to ‘continue his development’ or to ‘play regular first-team football’.

Last season at West Bromwich Albion the Belgian international was tremendous.

With his blend of pace, strength and simple raw ability - he bagged 17 goals in 38 appearances for The Baggies.

His form in 2012-13 and in pre-season made him one of the most popular picks for Fantasy Football teams up and down the country - leaving many budding winners scratching their head at his continued absence from the action.

They, like many, will be hoping his penalty miss is the last thing he does for Chelsea this season - so that he can secure a loan move, and first-team football, elsewhere before the 11pm deadline on Monday.

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