On-loan Romelu Lukaku didn’t take long to show Chelsea what they are missing out on, again, with a rousing, all-encompassing performance in his first full start for Everton against Newcastle.
While the Blues continually turn the other cheek when it comes to the Belgian’s talents, the dreadlocked striker’s performances have caught the eye of Italian giants Juventus, who are primed to take the unwanted player off the their hands.
Three goals in his first two Toffees showings has seen Lukaku’s price to be the Premier League’s top scorer shrink to 14/1 and it’s now not just the bookies who’ve taken note.
An improving phenomenon
Lukaku is still only 20 years old and has bettered his league goal in each campaign as a first-choice striker since his first full season in boyhood club Anderlecht’s first team.
Including that campaign, his league production has resulted in hauls of 15, 16 and 17 goals respectively. That kind of upward curve makes Lukaku a potent option to walk into most of Europe’s front lines, as well as a shrewd investment for the future.
Capable provider, as well as finisher
The powerful forward’s display against Newcastle contained a marked difference to any of his showings in a West Brom shirt last season, in that he dropped deep and linked up play beautifully, providing an assist to Ross Barkley for Everton’s second goal.
In fact, Lukaku’s loan spell with the Baggies proved to be his leanest in terms of assists, as he was perhaps instructed to focus his energies more on grabbing goals over providing them for others.
He’s clearly capable of acting as a creative fulcrum, though, and Juventus would be buying a complete striker should their raid prove successful.
The chance to be loved must appeal
While it’s all well and good spending time out on loan, Lukaku hasn’t been able to call any club his home since arriving in England, which is sure to be a strange feeling for a player who grew up at Anderlecht to be adored by their fans.
With such a sizeable club as Juventus making their intentions to buy him clear, the opportunity to join a real footballing heavyweight, and be trusted to play regularly, must be turning Lukaku’s head away from his shoddy treatment by Chelsea.