Would Romelu Lukaku even want a Chelsea return?

Lukaku has been shipped out on loan again with Everton the lucky recipients.

Chelsea travel to Goodison Park this Saturday with an interesting subplot developing amid the usual pre-match build-up - the subplot revolving around Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea allowed him to join Everton on loan for the season on transfer deadline day - as he sought regular first-team football, something he probably felt he had earned at Stamford Bridge after his excellent loan spell at West Brom last season.

But Fernando Torres appears to be the number one option; Demba Ba has also been used while Andre Schurrle was played up top against Manchester United. When Jose Mourinho brought in something of a washed up commodity, in the form of Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o on a free transfer from Anzhi Makhachkala - this must have been the final straw.

But I think that this might be more than just the end of his 2013-14 campaign with Chelsea, I think he may never play for the club again.

He had an excellent pre-season and had earned his chance for first-team football, but he has once again been snubbed, not for the first time.

When he signed for West Brom on loan last summer he openly vented his anger at Chelsea for the season wasted on the bench, saying he ‘sacrificed a year of his career with them’.

This week he stated that he wanted Everton to win on Saturday, rather unapologetically and judging by his driven character I personally feel he may not be keen on a return to Chelsea.

He was lied to this summer, given assurances of first-team football after a promising pre-season and a term with the Baggies that saw him score 17 goals in 35 Premier League appearances. Then he witnessed the purchase of a 32-year-old, whose body has begun to rob him of the qualities that once made him so clinical.

At Everton, Lukaku can lead the line in a team playing slick attractive football, alongside one of his best friends in football Kevin Mirallas, and at the end of the season I would not bet against him having 20 goals to his name and an offer from Everton to become a permanent Toffee.

And given the way he has been treated by Chelsea, I would also not be surprised if he told them he was off to be appreciated elsewhere.

Has Lukaku played his last game for Chelsea?

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