Romelu Lukaku shows consistency to succeed at Chelsea

Romelu Lukaku and Jan Vertonghen Belgium

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has now shone for both West Bromwich Albion and Everton, showing a consistency that the Blues surely cannot ignore.

"They have the last word, so we shall see what's happening next."

Those were the words of Romelu Lukaku regarding his parent-club Chelsea, as questions continue to be asked about the long-term future of the young Belgian striker.

'Young' may be the operative word, because it is important to remember he is still only 20, and has years ahead of him to stake a claim and maintain a place in the Blues' line-up.

But given his goal-scoring form first for West Bromwich Albion and latterly for Everton, one wonders just what he needs to do to force his way into Jose Mourinho's plans.

Perhaps he has done it, and we will discover such next season.  But if Chelsea spend big on new strikers this summer, Lukaku's time at the London club could be coming to an end.

And yet a quick glance at his statistics for the last two seasons shows just how consistent he has been - a consistency that has been lacking in the strikers Mourinho has opted for this year.

So far this season for the Toffees, Lukaku has scored 13 league goals and provided six assists.  He has made 32 key passes and had 92 scoring attempts, 42 of which were on target.

 

  GoalsGoal AssistKey PassTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttAppsMins
Romelu Lukaku 13 6 32 92 42 29 2,383

Four more goals and he will match his league-tally during his spell at the Baggies, but he has already set up two more goals than he managed then, and need only make four more key passes to match his total of 36 last season.

In short, with the latest campaign coming to an end, it is clear Lukaku is scarily consistent.

  Goals / appsGoal Assist / appsKey Pass / appsTotal Scoring Att / appsOntarget Scoring Att / appsAppsMins
Romelu Lukaku 0.45 0.21 1.10 3.17 1.45 29 2,383

The striker averages .45 goals-a-game this season, while he averaged .49 goals-a-game during his time under Steve Clarke.

In fact, it is clear that aside from goal assists, which have improved by a third this year, Lukaku's stats are uncannily similar over a two-year period.

What Mourinho would surely give for someone who can be relied upon so regularly to make a difference in front of goal.

  GoalsGoal AssistKey PassTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttAppsMins
Romelu Lukaku 17 4 36 97 47 35 2,003

Chelsea will no doubt spend big on at least one world-class striker next season.  Given the competitions they will be in and the players currently at their disposal, they will have to.

But alongside that new star-player - be it Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani, Diego Costa or someone else entirely - it is time to give Lukaku a chance in the Blue of the club he signed for but has rarely featured for.

  Goals / appsGoal Assist / appsKey Pass / appsTotal Scoring Att / appsOntarget Scoring Att / appsAppsMins
Romelu Lukaku 0.49 0.11 1.03 2.77 1.34 35 2,003

If Lukaku can average a goal every other game as he has been doing for the last two seasons, that is something Mourinho can surely ignore no longer.

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