Forget Costa, Chelsea already have Europe’s most effective young striker

Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku – who is on loan at Everton – is currently the most productive under-21 striker in Europe according to statistical reports.

Jose Mourinho has on a number of occasions this season bemoaned his strikers' lack of finishing, and thus has hinted at a big-money move for a top striker this summer.

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been heavily linked, with the Brazilian-born powerhouse nearing a move to Stamford Bridge if a number of reports are true.

While Atletico's striker would undoubtedly be a huge coup for the Blues this summer, Jose Mourinho seems to be forgetting that he already has Europe’s most productive under-21 striker in his ranks.

Everton’s on-loan front-man Romelu Lukaku has been a revelation for the Toffees this season, leading the line with such ease it makes a mockery of Mourinho’s decision to discard him so lightly.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been a big admirer, and before his side met Chelsea on March, he told the Liverpool Echo that Mourinho already has his compete number nine.

He said, “As a number nine he is as complete as you are going to get in world football, something which is a rare breed – to have such a talented footballer having that target man role.”

Lukaku’s impressive displays continued, and one in particular during Everton’s 3-0 win over Arsenal surely was a perfect example of what Chelsea supporters can look forward to in the future if Mourinho gives the Belgian the opportunity.

As the season draws to a close, the 20-year-old's 14 goals and six assists is the highest amount for any striker under the age of 21 throughout Europe’s top five leagues according to football website It is a record which demands respect, and one that should convince Mourinho to give Lukaku a fair shot at the Blues next season.

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