Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, for one reason or another, doesn’t seem to rate his young striker Romelu Lukaku, and he’s on a season-long loan deal at Everton, after serving a very successful loan spell at West Brom last season.
Romelu Lukaku – Chelsea will listen to offers for striker in the summer
Newcastle will be losing both Shola Ameobi and Loic Remy this summer, and our other two strikers, Papiss Cisse and Luuk de Jong – on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach, are having difficulty finding the net these days.
So it could be that Newcastle need to bring in two, or even more strikers in the summer, and certainly the 20 year-old former Anderlecht player, who stands 6’3″ tall and is built like a tank, has already proved he can score goals in the Premier League.
He was previously at Anderlecht in Belgium, and was only 18 when he signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2011 – yet while at Anderlecht he scored 41 goals in 98 appearances and also had 18 assists – that’s scary. 🙁
Chelsea paid out £10M for him almost three years ago, and that would rise to £17M based primarily on the number of appearances he makes for Chelsea – and currently he has played only 15 times for Chelsea with no goals.
Last season he scored 17 goals in 38 appearances for West Brom, and this season at Everton he has 11 goals in 23 appearances – so over the last two seasons while on loan, he has 28 goals in 61 appearances – which isn’t bad at all.
And at 20 he has already played 27 times for Belgium with 5 goals, and he also (of course) played for all the Belgium youth sides.
Both north London clubs Arsenal and Tottenham could also be after him in the summer, and there are bound to be some clubs on the continent who will be interested in signing the powerful striker.
He is valued at around €25M on transfermkt.com which is around £20M, and the Tyneside would have that kind of money to spend this summer, but that would also be a record signing for Newcastle United.
The big problem Newcastle have these days is that we are not in Europe, never mind in the Champions League, and top players like Lukaka want to play in the Champions League, and you cannot blame them for that.
Top players want to play in the top European League.
So it seems the chances of Newcastle signing this player are small at best – maybe very small – but in the past we would have gone after young players like this, who have such huge potential.
That’s one reason Newcastle must target the Champions League – otherwise we’ll never be able to sign top young players like this to the club.
We need more ambition at Newcastle – sorry to be like a broken record. 🙁
What do you think?