Chelsea Transfer News: Lukaku Should Be Allowed to Extend Midlands Stay

Michael DulkaContributor IJanuary 15, 2013

READING, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Romelu Lukaku of West Bromwich Albion celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Reading and West Bromwich Albion at the Madejski Stadium on January 12, 2013 in Reading, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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If Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku gets his wishes, he may not be back in a Chelsea shirt for quite a while.

The 19-year-old is hoping to extend his loan with West Bromwich Albion for another season. Given Chelsea's squad and summer plans, the club should allow Lukaku to stay at the Midlands through the 2013-14 season. 

Sky Sports reported Lukaku's pleas to stay away from Stamford Bridge:

"At this time I'm just looking at my own (situation) and West Brom.I don't really care about what Chelsea are doing at the moment," Lukaku, who scored twice against Reading on Saturday, said.

"The next two years will be good for me at West Brom. They will help me build up for a great career, that is for sure. Hopefully, after the January window, we will be able to start talking about that.

"We have a good squad. We have a manager who is very good, we've very good players that can help him every day and hopefully if I continue like this I will get more regular football."

Based on his quotes, it's clear that Lukaku is extremely happy with his situation. He wants regular football that he wouldn't be able to get wearing a Chelsea shirt. 

Chelsea supporters have been dying to see what Lukaku could do for the Blues throughout this season. Each one of his nine Premier goals this season have sent wonders through the supporters, especially early in the season given the team's issues in front of goal. 

There were many pleas for Chelsea to call him back from loan and try to keep him back for the second half of the season. Chelsea smartly let the deadline for calling him back pass and allowed him to finish the season there. 

Chelsea shouldn't have a problem with extending the loan. If the transfer rumors are to be believed, Radamel Falcao or another big-name striker will be joining up to play striker for the Blues. It's possible that Fernando Torres could be out of the picture and likely that Demba Ba will be back at the Bridge. 

Given that scenario, Chelsea don't need Lukaku's services at this point. While he's proven he can score goals in the Premier League, Lukaku would be viewed as another squad body who should get to play in some cup games.

The 19-year-old Lukaku is still learning how to to properly use his big 6'3", 220-pound frame effectively. There's no better way for him to grow as a player than to continue seeing regular playing time with West Brom. 

Lukaku still has his best football out in front of him. With another season spent in the Premier League getting regular minutes, he could be ready to make an impact for the Blues during the 2014-2015 season.  

At this point, if they tear him away from what is a good situation for him personally and sit him on the bench next season at Stamford Bridge, they risk hurting his development and chances of being a successful squad later on. It's hard to imagine Lukaku being excited and willing to let that scenario play out.

Extending the loan another season makes sense for both clubs and Lukaku. When Chelsea can, they would benefit from allowing Lukaku to stay with West Brom through next season. 


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