Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Should Keep Romelu Lukaku on Senior Club Next Term

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIApril 5, 2013

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MARCH 16:  Romelu Lukaku of West Bromwich Albion in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion at Britannia Stadium on March 16, 2013 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Chelsea should not allow 19-year-old prodigy Romelu Lukaku to get away after his loan expires with West Bromwich Albion this season.

Rather, the Blues should maintain the immensely talented striker as an asset moving forward into the next term, despite Lukaku's recent comments indicating a lack of confidence to compete in Chelsea's top 11.

According to a report by the Daily Mirror, Lukaku wants to play more in European competition to enhance his stock for landing a spot on the Belgian national team in 2014. However, if Lukaku does make an impact for the Blues, a spot on Belgium's 2014 World Cup squad will definitely take care of itself.

Lukaku has scored 13 goals in just 15 starts for West Brom, and there is a strong chance he would have an instant impact off the Chelsea bench.

To thrive that well in the English Premier League—at his age—speaks to the immense upside that Lukaku has. That also shows he could be a valuable contributor to the Blues even as a precocious teenager.

Demba Ba and Fernando Torres have the Blues set at the striker position for the near future, but adding a scoring threat of Lukaku's caliber would only enhance the attack. Such an option must be considered to keep up with the high-scoring clubs that occupy the top of the Premier League table—most notably Manchester United.

It largely depends on the management situation with regard to how big of a role Lukaku can play in Stamford Bridge next term, as Graham Hill of The Sun points out.

With interim coach Rafael Benitez in a precarious position heading into the impending season, there is no telling what the Blues will do. But they should make room for Lukaku in some way, because he is physically ready for the challenge, and his production with West Brom indicates that, too.

What's rare about Lukaku is his physique, as he's uncommonly strong for a player his age. That type of physicality has helped him maintain strong form throughout his time with the Baggies and shown that it can translate against the most elite competition.

Lukaku is as tall, big and strong as any striker in the EPL. If he were able to see significant action, even with all the talent that would surround him on Chelsea's senior club, it would only give him more momentum and confidence as his development continues.

At this point, it seems highly unlikely that Belgium would leave such a tantalizing young talent off their national team if they do indeed want to compete well at the World Cup in Brazil.

Thus, the possible reduction in playing time should not be looked at as a negative for Lukaku moving forward, nor should it impact his decision to head to Stamford Bridge. His dream is to be a Chelsea legend, and he is fully capable of beginning that legacy now in blossoming with the organization's top team.