"Romelu likes to speak. He's a young boy who likes to speak. But the only thing he didn't say is why he went to Everton on loan. That's the only thing he never says. And my last contact with him was to tell him exactly that. Why do you never say why you are not here? So it's something he should [talk about] because he likes to speak. It's something he should say, the reason why he's not with Chelsea and is in Everton."
These are obviously very harsh words from our manager, and naturally they bring up important questions. Did Mourinho and Lukaku have an argument? Did Lukaku demand to leave chelsea? Was he being unreasonable or rude in some way to the Chelsea hierarchy? Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of this fiasco is that we can’t be certain about anything. Obviously we don’t know the full behind the scenes situation, and there is no reason to pretend that we do. But what we can do is examine what we know:
- At just 19 years old, Romelu Lukaku scored 17 goals in 35 premier league games for West Bromwich Albion last year, and topped off his impressive seson with a remarkable second half hat trick off the bench against United.
- Last season, Chelsea's strikers scored a combined 11 premier league goals in 57 games [Torres had 8 in 36, Ba had 2 in 14, Sturridge with 1 in 7]
This year: Lukaku - 7 goals in 9 premier league games, while Chelsea’s strikers this year have just 4 goals between them
When you consider the problems we have had with strikers and the emergence of Lukaku last season, it seemed Lukaku would play a huge role for Chelsea this season. He knew he would have to compete for time with Ba and Torres, but the prospect of competing with two lesser players who have shown how inconsistent they can be in blue was never going to be an issue for Romelu. The issue came when Eto’o was bought late in August. Now all of a sudden, Lukaku would have to compete with three players for one spot.
de Bruyne was in a very similar situation as Lukaku this past summer. Kevin wanted to stay in Germany (at either Dortmund or Leverkusen) and Chelsea decided to keep him for the season, implying that he would be given a fair chance to break into the first team. Yet they still bought Willian and Schurrle, and de Bruyne has barely sniffed the pitch this season, which is terrible for a young player’s development and for his chances of playing in the World Cup.
Romelu isn’t the one with explaining to do. If Jose really wanted Lukaku to stay and star for Chelsea, then why did he buy Samuel Eto’o? If a Cavani or a Lewandowski was purchased, it would have made more sense. But did anyone really believe that an aging striker who had spent the last two seasons in a weak league would be better than our young battering ram? Romelu wanted to leave because he knew that with the purchase of Eto’o he would get even less time than desired in an already packed strike force. He wanted to play regularly for a team that believes in him, not waste away on the bench (like de Bruyne is unfortunately doing). Romelu was even quoted as saying such
"Imagine I was playing for Chelsea now I would play maybe five games, maybe score one or two goals. But now everyone in England is talking about me."
Either Mourinho wanted to buy Eto’o, knowing that Romelu would probably need to go on loan, and is now badmouthing him for no apparent reason, [Highly unlikely, and highly concerning if true], or Mourinho wanted to buy Eto’o, and genuinely thought that Romelu would be happy to stay and possibly be the 4th choice striker [In which case he is highly delusional]
Romelu does not need to "tell the country why [he] left Chelsea." One only needs to look at how he thrives with the playing time he gets at Everton, and then take a glance at the Kevin de Bruyne situation to see why Lukaku wanted to go on loan.
"Romelu likes to speak. He's a young boy who likes to speak. But the only thing he didn't say is why he went to Everton on loan. That's the only thing he never says. And my last contact with him was to tell him exactly that."
Jose loves to speak. He’s an experienced manager who loves to speak. But maybe he should tell us why he did not leave space for Lukaku in his team. One only needs to look at de Bruyne’s season thus far to see why Lukaku did not want to stay. So Mr. Mourinho, i beg of you; either explain your convoluted thought processes, or shut the hell up.
*** Author's Note: I had planned on posting this on Sunday at the latest, but I’ve been unusually busy lately. This isn’t really a big story anymore like it was on the weekend, but I still think it’s a very relevant issue so I decided to finish it and post it. Any feedback, positive or negative, is welcome and appreciated. Thank you!***