Romelu Lukaku is expected to spend the remainder of the season with the Toffees will make interesting reading, particularly for those that have backed their new manager, Roberto Martinez, to continue the good work started by his predecessor.
When David Moyes left the club after eleven years in charge, many supporters believed that Everton would be pegged-back by, among others, the likes of Swansea, West Ham and local rivals, Liverpool. But a promising start has seen them remain unbeaten to date and in doing so, they have collected nine points from their opening five games.
Instrumental to that strong start has been the form of Lukaku, who has made a promising start to life at Everton, and in bagging the winner against the Hammers – getting knocked-out in the process – he has already endeared himself to the Goodison Park.
A number of experts questioned the logic of Jose Mourinho letting the striker go out on loan, with many questioning just what the Belgian has to do to earn a part in the Portuguese’s grand master-plan after outshining the likes of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba by scoring seventeen goals on loan at West Brom last season.
Asked about the situation, and what might happen should his expensive contingent of attacking options continue to struggle in front of goal, Mourinho was clear there was no clause that would allow the London club to recall Lukaku before May:
“Lukaku is good at Everton [and] if he’s going to play every game, it’s good for his future at Chelsea.”
With the powerful striker showing some excellent touches, pace and an eye for goal after coming on for Nikica Jelavic at half-time, the report indicates that Lukaku is all set to enjoy another fine season away from the Stamford Bridge.