If rules had permitted, the 19-year-old would have been loaned out last season but had to stick around and did not get many playing opportunities behind the likes of Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres. He’d likely have warmed the bench, or even the seats in the stands, for much of this season too, so I’m glad he’s been loaned out as he needs games under his belt.
But with Peter Odemwingie, Shane Long and Markus Rosenborg at the Hawthorns already, he will have to work his way into the team and hopefully his height and strength will give him an advantage.
The Belgian forward told the club’s official website about how he was looking forward to playing for the Baggies and working with Clarke:
“I’m very excited. After last season, where I was able to adjust and prepare for this season, I can’t wait to start at West Brom.
“It’s very important because, like Chelsea, West Brom play in the Premier League, but it will also be a good learning school for me where I need to work hard with the players around me.
“I’ve heard a lot of positives about Steve Clarke here and it will be important for me to listen and learn from him. He plays good football.”
Clarke will face his old employers Liverpool on August 18 and it could be Lukaku’s first game for the club. Wish him all the best on his loan spell and hope he learns a lot whilst playing for West Brom.
As an aside, now that Lukaku has been allowed to leave the club on loan we are now down to two centre forwards in Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge (well, he thinks he’s a CF anyway). Could this open the door for a new striker to be added to the ranks at Stamford Bridge? And, how well do you think Romelu will do on loan?