Everton FC boss Roberto Martinez was asked about Chelsea FC loanee Romelu Lukaku’s future and he stated that it would not be determined until after the World Cup. The young Belgian has had a fantastic season with the Merseyside club and has set the Premier League alight with goals and assists aplenty but unfortunately for Chelsea supporters it has been for other clubs. There has been much speculation about whether Romelu Lukaku will return to the Chelsea fold as they search for a new batch of strikers but hopefully that question is answered sooner rather than later.
Roberto Martinez on Romelu Lukaku:
“Chelsea are delighted with his progress and the player has developed an incredible relationship with our fans. His memories will never evaporate, but we will see what’s next. We’ll see what’s the best thing for everyone. But everything will be in stages: how Chelsea are doing in their own squad and how that frees some players.
It’s going to take a bit of time and I don’t think Romelu’s situation is going to be resolved before the World Cup, in truth. I think it will be after the World Cup. We are too close to Romelu to hope he has a poor tournament! We hope he has a really, really good World Cup and then decides to come to us.”
The most common rumor is that Chelsea will try and get a discount on the purchases of midfielder Matt Barkley and defender John Stones (great name by the way) by swapping Romelu Lukaku for the pair. The main issue with that is that it is simple supply and demand as to why that would not make much sense. Great midfielders and defenders are tough to find but they are much more common than a truly prolific or world class striker.
Romelu Lukaku may not be world class yet but many signs in his development point to that and Chelsea would be foolish to cut loose a 20 year old who has done so well in the Premier League. The main benefit of adding Barkley and Stones would be their homegrown status but is that truly worth getting rid of a potentially world class striker? The simple answer to that is no.
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