Many football fans have been scratching their heads at Chelsea’s summer pursuit of former player Romelu Lukaku.
Barely two years after selling him to Everton, for what many thought at the time an excessive fee of £28million, the team from the Kings Road are back in for the Belgium hotshot.
Even though no official bid has yet been registered with Everton, it is thought that Chelsea would be prepared to go as high as £65million to capture the signature of the Belgium international.
Yet, Everton are believed to be digging their heels and will refuse to do business until a firm cash offer of £75million is submitted, in the hope that this will scare of any potential suitors. Furthermore, the Toffees are even prepared to smash their long adhered to wage structure and propose a new long term deal worth £135k-per-week.
But how can such figures be justified for a player who can be infuriatingly inconsistent and often resembles a disinterested petulant child if things aren’t going his way on the pitch?
To look at Lukaku’s scoring stats for a player of his tender years would make for impressive reading. Scoring well over a century of goals in senior football, even before he turned 23-years-old. And most of his strikes coming in the tough and unforgiving environment of the Premier League, show a striker of terrific promise.
But critics often describe Lukaku as a ‘flat track bully’, netting the majority of his strikes against lesser teams in the league. Alongside a maddening habit of disappearing in big games. Just looking at his performance in Everton’s FA cup semi final defeat to Man United last season were any top striker worth his salt would’ve bagged at least a hat trick.
Aligned with his poor showing at Euro 2016, doing an incredible impression of the invisible man for most of the tournament, to further prove the detractor’s point.
Maybe the answer lies in the fact there are a dearth of quality strikers around in European football at the minute. And for all his faults, which there are many, Lukaku can stick the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis.
So quite possibly its fair minded to say, that in today’s crazy inflated world of Premier league football, the Belgium beast may actually be worth the obscene figures being mentioned.
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