Having refused to pen down a new contract, Romelu Lukaku‘s departure from Goodison Park is imminent, with recent transfer rumours linking the Belgian with a move to the Stamford Bridge.
Also taking into account the uncertainty over the future of Hazard and Costa, it might actually pave the way for his much anticipated return to Stamford Bridge.
After leaving Stamford Bridge back in 2014, Lukaku has gone from strength to strength at Everton, moulding and forging himself as the lethal spearhead for the Toffees.
The charismatic talisman is set to cost a crunching £70m to his potential suitors if they want to prize him away from Goodison Park.
Let us take a look at the performance stats of the Belgian.
From being an outcast in Chelsea to one of the lethal forwards in Premier League with exquisite finishing quality, the 24-year old has experienced it all.
- The Belgian made 37 appearances in the Premier League for the Toffees which saw him amass a remarkable 25 goals and 6 assists to his name. He finished the season being 2nd, to only Harry Kane, in the League’s top-scorer list.
- The youngster has been the engine upfront with his fitness and endurance which is clearly evident from the fact that he has played 3267 minutes for the club this season.
- Although being deployed mostly as a lone striker by Koeman, he still managed to produce 48 key passes and has a dribble success rate of 65.5%, which goes to show that Lukaku has the vision and ability to hold up the ball up front and create chances without giving up possession.
- He also averages nearly 2 dribbles per game (Stats via Whoscored).
The young talisman has left no stone unturned in proving himself as a deadly threat to opponents both in air and on the ground. Safe to stay Lukaku would be a deadly addition to any club.
What’ll he bring to the club?
In view of recent speculation involving Costa and Hazard, Lukaku would be a good addition to the squad.
Playing with a team that has lesser quality than Chelsea, the Belgian racked up 25 goals, so one could just imagine the havoc he might wreak on opponents when he gets to play with Pedro, Fabregas and Kanté behind him.
Lukaku is yet to reach the prime of his career and he could turn out to be one hell of a striker under Conte.
Worth the money?
Valued at around £70m, it might seem to be too steep a price to pay but seeing the latest transfer trend it is only natural for a club to demand such a sum from a marquee player.
We have seen the transfer of Pogba at £89m who although is a midfielder, still, has managed to contribute much less to United compared to Lukaku at Everton. SO naturally, teams will have to pay more for guaranteed goals.
With the Belgian forward in Chelsea’s squad, they sure are to become a lethal force next season. All eyes on Conte for this one.