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Chelsea confirm Romelu Lukaku loan to Everton

The Blues forward will spend the year wearing a different blue kit, hopefully becoming a more refined player than he is right now

Scott Heavey

Chelsea have just confirmed the news that we all new was coming already, Romelu Lukaku will be spending the 2013/14 season on loan at Everton FC. Here's the announcement from the club:

Romelu Lukaku will spend a second season on loan at a Barclays Premier League club with a move to Everton completed.

The 20-year-old striker's season at Goodison Park will follow on from a year of significant progress at West Bromwich Albion when he featured in 38 games and scored 17 goals, becoming the highest-scoring teenager in the Premier League since Michael Owen in 1998/99.

Lukaku, who is in the Belgium squad for their World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Friday, made three substitute appearances for Chelsea at the start of this season and since joining from Anderlecht in the summer of 2011, has made a total of four starts and 11 substitute appearances for the Blues.

I'd have kept Lukaku at Stamford Bridge if I was in charge, but then again, I'd have recalled him last January instead of buying Demba Ba as well. The decision makers at the club have decided it's best that he heads out on loan though, and hopefully that will allow him to get a significant number of minutes this season where he can work on all the things he was doing with Jose Mourinho in training.

I'll be ok with this deal if Samuel Eto'o is anything like the player we all remember from his Barca and Inter days, but after a few years hiding in Russia, he's a bit of an unknown commodity. That scares me a bit, and frankly I don't know if I can take another season of a misfiring Fernando Torres leading the line.

Regardless, best of luck with Everton big guy, I hope you tear up the league the way you did last season, and help to take valuable points off of our title rivals. We'll be follow closely, and to that end I'd make sure to bookmark our SB Nation Everton blog.

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