Being: Romelu Lukaku

Clive Mason

There he goes again, the impressionable teenager talking it up about the Bagginses. What's a Bagginses? Oh, Baggies. The Baggies of West Bromwich Albion.

Picture Romelu, 16, visiting Stamford Bridge. The boy sees the glorious blue stands and the lush green turf. His classmates chatter away uselessly, but he is focused, sparks in his eyes. "What a stadium. If one day in my life I will cry, it will be the day I play here. I love Chelsea."

Picture Romelu, 17, banging in the goals in Belgium. The boy sees the future and the future is bright. He's been a regular starter for the Belgian champions for two seasons already, but he is focused, sparks of greater things and a bigger stage in his eyes.

Picture Romelu, 18, visiting Stamford Bridge. The boy sees the glorious blue stands and the lush green turf. Emotions well up, a tear may or may not be shed. His pen moves swiftly, his name sparkles on the paper. "This is the most beautiful day of my life."

Picture Romelu, 19, sitting at Stamford Bridge. The boy sees the glorious blue stands and the lush green turf. He sees 10 men in Blue out there and he wants to join them so so very much. He is not happy; he is not learning; this is not what he expected when he refused to go out on loan.

Picture Romelu, 19, now banging in the goals. The boy sees the future and the future is bright. He's started four of the last five Premier League matches for his team. He is happy; this is more like it!

"At the end of my career, if I have had a chance at a really top team I think I will be a very happy man. We will see if I get that chance at Chelsea"

"The next two years will be good for me at West Brom. They will help me build up for a great career, that is for sure. "

-Source: The Independent

Picture Romelu, 19, doing backflips into the West Midlands air. The boy sees the glorious blue stands and the lush green turf. The Hawthorns sing his name. He is indeed bigger than a fridge...

"I have a strong affinity with West Brom already. You have to be somewhere where you are connected with the people. You have to be in a good environment."

"Where I am now is similar to when I was in Anderlecht. Nice people, people [who] want to improve; everyone is open to you. That's why I have settled very well here."

"Hopefully, I'll be here for the next two years. It will be very important to play and have a good squad. We have a manager who is very good, we've very good players that can help him every day and hopefully, if I continue like this, I will get more regular football."

-Source: The Independent

Picture Romelu, 19, not caring about Stamford Bridge. The boy sees only the present, and the present is puppy love and awesome. He cares not about his first love; the new one is so much more fun...

"At this time I'm just looking at my own career and West Brom, I don't really care about what Chelsea are doing at the moment."

-Source: The Daily Mail

"I think it will be more beneficial to stay here than go back to Chelsea. There are not talks about it yet, but we will see; hopefully after the January window we will be able to start talking about that."

-Source: The Independent

Oh, Romelu. I understand, I understand. I get where you're coming from. But your words; I won't lie. They hurt a bit.

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