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It’s debatable what’s more scary about Romelu Lukau. Is it his physicality? His pace? Or maybe the fact that he’s only 19.
Despite his £18 million price tag, his arrival from Anderlecht in August 2011 was put in the shade a little by the signings of Juan Mata and Gary Cahill—players who were brought in to make more of an immediate impact.
With first-team chances limited, the young Belgian was loaned out to West Bromwich Albion for 2012-13 and is proving what a formidable talent he is.
Under the careful tutelage of Steve Clarke, Lukaku has blossomed.
He has scored 13 goals in the Premier League and made two more.
He is Albion’s most effective striker with more key passes, shots and dribbles than any of the club’s other forwards (via whoscored.com).
Only the two centre-backs at Albion, Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson, have won more balls in the air (via whoscored.com).
Lukaku has scored as many goals as Chelsea’s main striker, Demba Ba, and six more in the league than Fernando Torres.
He is more effective in the air than the current Chelsea pair and loses the ball less often (all via whoscored.com)
Given the impact he has had at The Hawthorns, Chelsea will be tempted to integrate him into the side next season to see what he can do with better players around him.
Lukaku’s idol growing up was Didier Drogba, and he may be the man to pick up Drogba’s mantle.