Chelsea’s lack of a convincing centre-forward has been roundly blamed for their failure to land the Premier League, yet Romelu Lukaku was mysteriously allowed to leave the club on loan early in the campaign.
The Belgian heads to the 2014 World Cup after a second successive 15-goal plus top-flight haul and his showings for Everton will have fair-minded fans wondering why he won’t be given a chance to lead Jose Mourinho’s line in 2014/15.
However, when his exploits are stacked up against those of Diego Costa, the man it’s widely expected Chelsea will sign from Atletico Madrid this summer, it’s clear he still has some growing up to do.
Read on for a statistical breakdown of the ways in which the Brazilian-born Spain international has outperformed Lukaku in league action this term.
Costa is 19/20 favourite to outscore the Stamford Bridge-stabled youngster in a match bet at the 2014 World Cup, with the Belgian 6/4 to get one over on the man he may be understudying next season.
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Appearances – starts (substitutes appearances):
Lukaku 29 (2) – 33 (1) Costa
Lukaku 15 – 27 Costa
Goals per 90 minutes:
Lukaku 0.55 – 0.83 Costa
Shots per goal:
Lukaku 6.53 – Costa 4
Shots inside the area:
Lukaku 66 – 93 Costa
Hitting the back of the net is the name of the game for any centre-forward and the Spazilian has outbagged the temporary Toffee, with a greater deal of efficiency in yield both in terms of shots and minutes on the pitch needed.
Perhaps it’s because he crafts so many more of his chances inside the 18-yard-box.
Lukaku 6 – Costa 3
Lukaku 26 – 42 Costa
Lukaku 67% – Costa 76%
In terms of set-ups for teammates the wandering frontman of Stamford Bridge outpoints the man seemingly destined to be brought in over his head.
However, Costa has created significantly more scoring opportunities, albeit untaken, for his Rojiblancos muckers and mislays the orb less often.
Lukaku 39.78% – 40.83% Costa