Romelu Lukaku will attempt to prove a point to Chelsea by outscoring all of the club's strikers this season.
The Belgian behemoth—who is currently on loan at Everton—was deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho during the summer transfer window.
Lukaku may still have a huge Blues career in the future, but the 20-year-old makes no qualms about his desire to topple the Stamford Bridge side this term. As reported by Paul Brown of the Daily Star, Lukaku isn’t afraid to speak bluntly and with real assertion:
I want to score more goals than all the strikers currently at Chelsea. We will see at the end of the season who made the best choice.
I hope my goals will help Everton finish higher than Chelsea.
Lukaku has netted four times in two Premier League starts and one substitute appearance for the Toffees this season, per WhoScored.
Current Chelsea strikers Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have notched one goal between them in this year's top flight, prompting criticism of Mourinho's decision to let the youngster leave.
The Portuguese manager acquired Eto'o's services in a transfer window that saw Chelsea spend heavily on attacking reinforcements such as Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and Willian.
Despite Eto'o's international experience, the combative nature of English football is something the Cameroonian is yet to fully embrace, as he said to Chelsea Magazine and was reported by Chris Richards of the Mirror:
Already I have noticed that English football is very physical – more physical than other types of football.
It hasn't been too much time yet, so I need to continue working to make sure I keep improving my level.
Mourinho’s attacking midfield is stacked, but right now the Europa League champions lack a definitive option up front. The former Real Madrid coach continues to favour a lone striker and is yet to see a significant return from one of the players preferred to Lukaku.
The starlet has improved Everton’s effectiveness by adding a sense of physicality and, most importantly, a goalscoring touch.
With Nikica Jelavic and Arouna Kone struggling to net, Lukaku’s hold-up play and willingness to bring teammates into the game is also helping fellow youngster Ross Barkley to receive plaudits from the British press.
Chelsea fans won’t be surprised by Lukaku’s instant success at Goodison Park. The improving forward scored 17 Premier League goals during last season’s loan spell with West Brom, including a hat-trick against Manchester United in the 5-5 draw during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game.
Lukaku naturally throws his weight into challenges and offers qualities Chelsea currently lack. Mourinho may have a long-term heir to Didier Drogba in the pipeline, but his decision to dismiss Lukaku's ambition risks alienating a player who has the quality to become a global star.
One of Chelsea's current strikers must step up after the international break.
Lukaku's quest to land a place in Belgium's squad for the 2014 World Cup provides the kind of inspiration that produces remarkable results on the pitch, something Mourinho will have to get used to watching from afar.