Ex-Arsenal hero: Lukaku not ready for Chelsea yet

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Martin Keown says he is not sure Romelu Lukaku is up to Chelsea standard yet, begging the question - what does he think of Fernando Torres?!

Former Arsenal star Martin Keown has claimed he has doubts as to whether Romelu Lukaku is as ready for Chelsea as he is claimed to be.

Ever since loaning out the Belgian, Jose Mourinho has been reminded about the decision, with his trio of strikers at Chelsea failing to score regularly.

Lukaku has hit 12 Premier League goals for Everton and provided six assists, and it would likely have been more had he not missed weeks with action with an ankle injury at the start of the year.

Yet it should be forgotten the Belgian is only 20-years-old, with huge expectation on his shoulders.

He is scheduled to return to Chelsea next season, despite recent transfer rumours swirling. 

Keown believes Lukaku is short of the finished article, and because of this Chelsea may set their sights on alternatives in the summer, and not choose to use him next season.

Writing in his column for The Mail, the former centre-back said:

"Romelu Lukaku is another I’m not so sure about there. He is auditioning for a place at Chelsea but I’m not sure they will take him because he’s not quite there.

"He has so much power and pace but he needs to work on his close control to improve, but maybe he will prove me wrong on Sunday!"

The striker faces off against Arsenal this weekend at Goodison Park, where Everton have won five straight matches.

Keown may be correct in saying that Lukaku has areas to improve, no striker is the complete player at 20 - although the Brazilian Ronaldo was pretty close.

Yet Lukaku has surely shown enough to indicate he would be a major upgrade on Demba Ba and Fernando Torres.

Chelsea would be unwise to simply move him on without giving him a run in the side. Perhaps it's Jose Mourinho's man management skills which need as much work as Lukaku's game, and the pair should get their heads together for the greater good of the club and ensure such a similar mistake is not made next season.

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