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Given that they are friends and share same agent (and even age), following the same path this summer seems great for the star duo of Pogba and Lukaku. Pogba left Manchester United 4 seasons ago in search of game time and is now set to return as the most expensive signing in the history of the game.

Lukaku too left Chelsea on loan around the same time to get more playing time, and having become one of the decent strikers the EPL has to offer in recent seasons, the Belgian could return to Stamford Bridge this summer to become their most expensive arrival till date.

Why are both clubs ready to fork out such fees for players they once considered surplus to requirements?

United seem to have an answer, as they could do with an upgrade given the current crop of midfielders at their disposal. But in Chelsea’s case, it isn’t understandable why they want to break the bank to bring in someone of Lukaku’s calibre.

Here are reasons why a return isn’t needed as far resigning the Belgium international goes.


It’s believed the young striker has what it takes to be the next Didier Drogba given his built and physique, but from the hype surrounding his possible arrival, Chelsea might have Torres 2.0 upon them.

The Spaniard arrived from Liverpool for a record £50million in 2011 after some impressive performances for the Anfield side. But he failed to live up to billing, and was soon discarded.

Lukaku could arrive for nothing less than £60million and might fail to justify such fees. 18 league goals last season aren’t enough to prove he is got great quality, especially considering how he failed to find the net in more than 8 games till the end of the season.

He definitely is an Everton type of striker, but Chelsea’s? He doesn’t have enough class and simply haven’t done enough to earn a resigning.


At the beginning of last season, Romelu was the best thing to has ever happened to Everton striking department as he teared up Premier League defences. Come Christmas and we couldn’t see much of him any longer.

The next time he made headlines was against his former club at the F.A Cup quarterfinals. His brace sunk Chelsea and dumped out of their only chance of landing a trophy.

But after then, he disappeared into thin air again, only to reappear in front of Buffon at the Euros. He sure squandered the best chance and opportunity of the game as he couldn’t find the net when face to face with the Italian legendary goalie

Such consistency isn’t needed at Stamford Bridge. Drogba or Diego Costa, every striker Chelsea won the league with was consistent that season. Banking on the title with Lukaku leading the attack isn’t a risk worth taking.


Since it’s not looking likely that Conte wants to replace Diego Costa with Lukaku in the starting lineup, chances are that we are expecting a Costa – Lukaku partnership if a 2-man striking system is to be deployed.

If both will successfully work in tandem with the each other isn’t known, but summer arrival, Mitchy Batshuayi looks like a better option. The youngster has shown great potentials since bursting onto the scenes at the Ligue 1 and can lead Chelsea’s attack to glory few seasons from now.

Same with Traore who will be better off understudying Costa next season as compared to getting loaned out due to the lack of playing time Lukaku’s arrival could cause.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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