This loan move came as a surprise for everyone of us, regardless of those Drogba-esque glimpses in the preseason and the name Lukaku itself, which made us almost certain that he'll begin his journey '' On A Road To Become DD's successor '' this season. But that is long gone now, at least for a year or so.
I personally felt that, if Ba would've been loaned, that could have done very little favor to Lukaku. He would have been sandwiched [ with 'TO either sides].
Anyways, I think there are more than couple of things that played major part in this deal. Well, keeping Martinez's words and mouth watering loan fee aside, it seems somewhat tactical [you can say it logical or hypothetical] move. With World Cup 2014 lurking by and Benteke's tally climbing heights, Lukaku deserved and needed the proper game time. But where??? That was the million dollar question! So, here comes the boy, Kevin Mirallas, the regular starter for Everton and kind of regular for Belgium, who played some part in this deal. The opportunity to link up with the Belgium teammate (unlike in West Brom) for good 60 or 70 minutes or may be more on a regular basis, was surely needed to be grabbed. Though, playing alongside Hazard & Bryune would've been of different taste but GAME TIME, yeah, that's the issue here.
With Mourinho showing good faith on Fernando Torres [same can be said about E'to after some weeks], Lukaku would've risked being a shadow. But some of critics may argue about his chances at Everton with the likes of Jelavic and Kone already there. No matter the name I just wrote above, there are some additional qualities under his belt. His Physique and ball holding capabilities [lets ignore his qualities like dribbling, finishing and heading for now] are couple of steps above his striking counter parts. We know that Everton plays somewhat similar formation to Chelsea, this will also suit Lukaku and help him adjust easily. With the target man Fellaini now a Red, they desperately needed one and they got one. Moreover, with the presence of transformed-Coleman and somewhat lonely Baines, darting down the pitch all the time, Lukaku will be very handy with his physical dominance while holding the ball for others and also exploiting the spaces that'll open up when those full backs drag defenders away from Lukaku's territory.
Overall, I think this is the best platform for him to grow and develop further. The SPECIAL ONE has definitely played a huge part here. But whether Lukaku felt immense disappointment or not, he would have realized [already] that Chelsea will never give up on him and he'll be nourished properly.
You'll be here for a long time Rome!!!