Now there’s no doubt that massive funds will be spent this summer now that Mourinho has finally been re-appointed as Chelsea manager, in fact it’s inevitable, otherwise the ‘special one’ probably wouldn’t have come back at all.
The return of Jose was one of the worst kept secrets in football, and fuelled countless transfer theories and rumours in recent months. Serie A top scorer Edison Cavani has been linked with a big money move away from Napoli, and there was even talk of Falcao arriving at West London before Monaco made their move.
But why get the chequebook out for a top class striker, when you have already got one on the books. And no, I’m not talking about Fernando Torres, and I am definitely not talking about Demba Ba. I am of course talking about Belgian international Romelu Lukaku.
The young Belgian striker made quite a name for himself last season, as he was shipped out on loan to Midlands outfit West Bromwich Albion. The tall, strong and powerful athlete scored 17- Premier League goals last season, seven more than Torres and Ba could muster up between them. And when you consider those West Brom goals were being assisted by players such as James Morrison and Chris Brunt, rather than Eden Hazard or Juan Mata, you suddenly start to fathom how much ability this kid truly has.
In fact when you compare them a little closer, you start to wonder why there is doubt over the Belgium’s destination next season. It’s clearly an impressive feat scoring nine more goals than Fernando Torres, even if he’s not the player he once was, but when you take into consideration that Lukaku managed that tally whilst playing 567 less minutes than the Spaniard, earning him an impressive minutes per goal ratio of 118. You start to understand how much this man excelled last campaign, in fact I’m currently wondering why they didn’t send Torres out on-loan instead.
And yes, before you Torres/Chelsea fans have a moan, I am aware that he had a ruddy good Europa league campaign, and yes I know he scored the winner in the final, as well as scoring in the last 16, the quarter finals, and the semi-finals, but I’m still not impressed. That was in a competition that even you Chelsea fans didn’t give a crap about until they got to the final, meaning that there was no expectance on the shoulders of the team, therefore leaving no pressure on the shoulders of Fernando. Which for the Spaniard is the best thing possible, because we all know that Torres no longer reacts well to pressure.
That theory has even been proved in big Premier League games this season on numerous occasions. Torres scored just the one goal against top four opposition last season, that solitary goal came against Arsenal at the Emirates, a game that was arguably his best of the season. Now it’s all fine and dandy having a great scoring record in the Europa league, but when you have a minutes to goals ratio of 321 in domestic games, you’re always going to be scrutinised.
Torres of course isn’t the only player underachieving at Chelsea, in fact Demba Ba is probably glad that Torres takes all the negative press thanks to his price whopping £50 million price tag. Because when we reach the stats of Demba Ba, it gets even more depressing. He may have made an instant impact in the cup when he hit a brace against Southampton, but in the league he has managed just the two goals all season, an incredibly average score of 435 minutes per Premier League goal since his £7 million transfer from Newcastle.
With Mourinho back in town, and the chequebook at the ready, it’s down to the strikers to impress the boss. But if last season is anything to go by then it’s going to be Torres and Ba feeling the pressure this summer, not Lukaku.