After several impressive cameo appearances for loan club West Bromwich Albion, many have been wondering when young Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku would start. Well, it appears that time might be soon, if we go by new Baggies boss Steve Clarke. Reflecting on the impact of Nigerian striker Peter Odemwingie's rash sending off against Fulham at the weekend for the Albion website, he said,
"Peter is out for three games and I'll concentrate on those players we have available. I will decide on the best team to play against Reading. Peter is suspended so there is an opportunity for someone. Yeah, Romelu could come into the picture. He's been in my thoughts since the minute he came into the club."
With his excellent appearances from the bench in West Brom's sterling opening to the season, one would think Lukaku is the favourite to start against Reading. If he does, it will be his first for the club. Reading, as we know from experience this season, are a tricky team, but also definitely beatable. The Albion should win pretty comfortably -- if they have aspirations of being a top-half team, anyway -- and Lukaku should terrorise them. No offence to the Reading defenders, but if he routinely pantsed the likes of Carragher, Skrtel, Gallas, and Vertonghen, it's going to be a rough day for you.
We don't know yet if he will start, but all signs point to it. Even if he finds himself on the bench again, expect him to come off the bench energised and ready to destroy. No matter what, this should be one of the games to watch this weekend in the Premier League.