Jose Mourinho does not shy away from big decisions, and the Chelsea manager’s sanctioning of Romelu Lukaku’s move to Everton is one that could be thrown back in his face for years to come.
The Portuguese manager needed just three games to determine the young striker was not needed last term, and despite Lukaku’s free-scoring exploits while on loan at the Toffees, Mourinho’s mind has not been changed.
Now a permanent fixture at Goodson Park the Belgian will surely reward Roberto Martinez’s faith by plundering at least 15 goals in the league next season, making bwin’s odds of 6/5 for him to do just that akin to buying money.
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In all of the four full seasons he has spent at a club Lukaku has notched at least 15 times; twice for Anderlecht and in each of the past two years in the Premier League.
The 21-year-old bagged 17 in 35 games for an unfancied West Brom side in 2012/13, before hitting 15 in 31 for Everton last year to propel the Toffees to fifth-place.
Lukaku’s total tally of 65 league goals at 21 is equal the amount Sergio Aguero managed at the same age, and more than Neymar, Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney accrued.
With Roberto Martinez’s attacking philosophy now completely embedded at Goodison, Lukaku should not be short of opportunities to continue his prolificacy next season.
The Toffees’ only major departure this summer has been Gerard Deulofeu returning to parent club Barcelona, while they have strengthened the squad through the signing of Muhamed Besic as well as bringing back Lukaku and Gareth Barry on permanent deals.
The future looks bright for Martinez’s side and leading the way will be Lukaku, who will be desperate to shine for a club that have shown some faith in him.