Romelu Lukaku’s move to Everton on deadline day has got to be one of the deals of the summer. The striker has been on top form for the Toffees already netting 7 times in just 8 Premier League appearances, for many he is the man to fire Everton to new heights and to perhaps condemn his parent club Chelsea to underachievement once more.
Chelsea’s loss has definitely been Everton’s gain, the West Londoners have been short of attacking options of late and questions are beginning to be asked as to the reasoning behind a loan deal. The likes of Torres, Ba and Etoo all seem pretty inadequate as names to spearhead a title charge, surely even at the age of 20 Lukaku would have been a better option?
Mourinho appears so unconvinced about some of his attacking options that he has seen fit to do without a striker altogether, for many the sign of a transfer own goal. But Everton captain Phil Jagielka sees things differently, whilst speaking to the Daily Mirror recently he thinks the deal could aid rather than hinder Chelsea in their title bid:
“I think he made the right decision. That’s already been proven and we’re only a third the way through the season. Potentially it can work for Chelsea. He can’t play against Chelsea, but can against everyone else.”
“If he helps us perform against the so-called big boys and rivals of Chelsea, then it will be a very good decision by them. Rom has played a massive role with his goals, but also his presence on a day-to-day basis lifts everyone.”
Most see Everton as top four dark horses, but very few would highlight them as potential contestants in the title race. Jagielka’s belief is that the deal is pretty mutually beneficial, Everton get a quality striker who can help them take points off Chelsea’s closest rivals, sounds good right?
It is easy for Jagielka to look at it this way, Everton must be laughing given the fact they have probably got their hands on the most in form striker in the whole division, but from Chelsea’s perspective I think it is slightly different.
Everton may well have taken points off Liverpool and Spurs in recent weeks, but even so they still managed to come away with all 3 points when playing Chelsea, even without the Belgian frontman. Everton have actually done Chelsea more harm than good this year, Everton will take points off many of the top teams with or without Lukaku, for me it is a pretty poor justification for sending arguably your best striker out on loan for the season.
Chelsea have struggled for any real consistency up top, the likes of Ba and Torres still struggling with the same inconsistencies of last season. Even a resurgent Etoo has been dogged by injury and looks set to miss out in the coming weeks. Many believe that given the current state of play, the West Londoners will be forced into the market in January, totally avoidable if they had managed to hold onto Lukaku.
Lukaku’s Everton look likely to be there or there abouts come May, something that will undoubtedly please Jagielka amongst others. But for Chelsea the inability to field a fit and firing frontman may well be the spanner in the works of their title challenge. Of course Everton will take points off the other big teams, but as they have done already Chelsea will be part of this. Lukaku may well be the jewel in Everton’s crown, but they are far from being a one-man team.
Jagielka is just trying to justify the unjustifiable; Chelsea loaning out Lukaku was a shoddy bit of business whatever way you look at it. The fact the Everton captain’s justification for it is so weak just further emphasises the fact. Everton fans must be laughing, they have committed daylight robber over Chelsea and come the summer who knows what the potential consequences might be.
I can’t see how Chelsea loaning their best striker can be anything but a negative for the club. The reason behind the move has been kept quiet, Mourinho suggesting that the press should be asking the Belgian rather than him, but whatever the reason this was a huge potentially costly mistake from Chelsea and something I think they will live to regret.