The latest reports from across the press and internet suggest that Jose Mourinho is ready to sell Romelu Lukaku this summer as he prepares to bring in one of the several high profile strikers the Blues continue to be linked with.
Should the Belgian be axed for an Edinson Cavani, a Hulk or any other high profile and expensive striker, it may not sit too well with fans who have been waiting patiently to judge a serious contribution from Lukaku in a Chelsea shirt.
Lukaku is popular with Chelsea fans partly because he’s similar to Didier Drogba but more so because he’s a very open and honest player, never afraid to stick up for himself and ready to give his down the middle view on a situation.
Lukaku has never made any secret of the fact he wants to play consistent top flight domestic and European football and he’s quite happy to do that in Chelsea colours IF he’s used prominently.
The problem Mourinho has is the pressure which comes with a decision whether to invest in a big name striker or whether to give Lukaku the chance he’s been craving for an extended period of time.
The stats suggests that he deserves that chance and they he may not do a bad job in the process; 17 goals and four assists for West Brom last season, ten goals and five assists already for Everton this season.
However, should Mourinho not be prepared to give Lukaku that chance, he’ll be pushed out of the exit door, not willingly, but because of circumstance and the fact he needs to play regularly which won’t happen if he’s pushed down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
“It is high time that I play in the Champions League. It is the next step I need in my development. Full stop - I still have two years on my contract and I know Chelsea follow my development. In the end it depends on what the manager thinks about me,” he told a Belgian newspaper last month.
There are plenty of top strikers Mourinho could target this summer but if he does, then the Blues will more than likely lose Lukaku who appears to want nothing more than the chance to lead the Chelsea attack in his own right and his own way.
Over to you Jose.