Romelu Lukaku has dropped a huge hint in regards to his status as an Everton player. The 24-year old said earlier today: “My agent knows what’s going to happen and I know as well.
“I’m staying calm and we have an agreement with the club as well.”
If this hadn’t already confirmed who the striker was leaving Everton for, he reiterated to Belgian media that the club he has an agreement with will be competing for the Champions League and Premier League next season.
Although there is a chance that the striker is talking about Manchester United, with Mino Raiola’s already tentacular ties to the club and whatnot, mainstream media has suggested affirmatively that Lukaku is indeed targeting a move to Chelsea.
This could mean the end of Diego Costa’s Chelsea career, or rather, much more likely, a season out on loan for Michy Batshuayi as Conte will want more quality and experience in his forward line next season as Chelsea compete for major honors both in England and abroad.
However, does this move make sense for Chelsea? While his numbers are impressive, many do not consider Lukaku capable of delivering on the big stage. Here are three reasons why this move could turn out to be a massive failure:
1. Lukaku has no Champions League experience
Although it does sound pretty uncanny, it is, in this case, essential. The Champions League is a hard place to be; playing against the best defenders in the world and pitting oneself against resolute defences including the likes of Juventus and Atletico Madrid is a challenge even for the best strikers. For a newbie, it might be a task too difficult to handle in what will, after all, be his first season in the UCL following without question a move that is going to be very expensive. Which brings us to our second point –
2. The transfer fee is ludicrous
Whatever anyone tells you about Paul Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United last summer, one thing I think everyone will universally agree on: the fee was ridiculous. Blame it on inflation, blame it on Brexit, blame it on whatever, Pogba’s transfer fee played a critical role in his largely mediocre performances this past season. With a hefty price, comes great pressure. Will Lukaku be able to handle the pressure and deliver on the big stage when he’s substantially disappeared when playing against the bigger teams in the Premier League?
Who are we kidding here.
3. There are better options available
Alvaro Morata, Mauro Icardi, Andrea Belotti, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang—and the list can go on and on. There are strikers out there on the market right now that would probably cost much less (if you are to believe some reports) than what a transfer for Lukaku will require. And some of those names are potentially better than Lukaku.
Of course, football is an unpredictable sport. That’s why we love it. Lukaku could prove all his critics wrong and prove to be a success, in whatever form he plays (be it in a partnership with Costa or going solo). And I’d like nothing more than for that to happen. But “unpredictable” is a word that you should not associate with a transfer likely to be in excess of £70 million. And that is the biggest reason why Chelsea could be about to make the biggest hiccup in our post Russian-oligarch-takeover history.