The 19-year-old Belgian has decided to publicly criticise his parent club by saying that he has wasted a year of his career at the Stamford Bridge club, he was quoted in the Daily Mail:
“I couldn’t see myself staying at Chelsea. I sacrificed a year of my career with them and didn’t want to put up with it any more.
“I decided in March I wanted to go out on loan, and told my agent to find me a club. I am relieved to have found a solution.
“On the first day of pre-season I told the manager I wanted to leave.
“Roberto Di Matteo told me I ought to think about Chelsea as there weren’t going to be many other strikers this season, but this is the time for me to think about myself.
“I got sick of watching the others from the bench. I just played 12 games and when I was playing well, they would take me off.
“I lost my hunger for the game over the past year. I won’t beat about the bush – my season at Chelsea went very badly.
As regards getting minutes on the pitch, I wasted my time.”
There will be those that will decide to defend the player (you’re welcome to), but it’s incredibly stupid to publicly slate your employers in any walk of life and I’m guessing there won’t be many sympathy from those that will view Lukaku for playing the victim and giving a sob-story to the press.
Nobody held a gun to Lukaku’s head and made him join Chelsea. He must have known that he would be behind the likes of club legend Didier Drogba and £5om Fernando Torres, as well as Daniel Sturridge, who enjoyed a successful spell on loan at Bolton before Lukaku arrived and made a great start in the first half of last season by finding the net on a regular basis. Salomon Kalou was also about at the time, our ‘super-sub’.
In terms of development, Lukaku is not ready for regular first-team action at a club like Chelsea and on the occasions I saw him play in the reserves, although he did okay, he did not stand out as a player that is on the verge of breaking into the first XI. He probably left Anderlecht a little too soon and but for a registration issue, he would have been loaned out to Stoke last season, which would have been a less pressured environment and an opportunity to gain more experience.
As it was, he had to stick around and play in the reserves for the most part, but still made 12 appearances for the first team. In most of those games he looked poor in front of goal, his touch needs working on and he seemed surprisingly easy to knock off the ball for a big lad. He did however play a great game on the last day of campaign by providing an assist for John Terry against Blackburn.
Now, before you all start saying I am being harsh on the kid and it’s a positive sign that he wants to play, it isn’t the point here. Lukaku has no right to slag off those that pay his wages, especially in public, it’s disrespectful and doesn’t portray either him or the club in a positive light.
Lukaku simply had no right to say what he did and if he was good enough, he would probably have earned more time on the pitch that he did, like Ryan Bertrand, who must have been frustrated by all the times he was shipped out on loan but worked hard and took the opportunity when it came, even earning himself a starting place for Great Britain at the Olympics and selection for Roy Hodgson’s latest England squad.
Lukaku is still a young lad and possesses all the attributes to make it as a centre-forward but he’s not there yet and I doubt the club will be giving up on him any time soon, but he isn’t doing himself any favours with these public displays of poor attitude. It’s not the first signs of sulking we have seen from him as he also refused to hold the Champions League trophy on one of the, if not the, greatest nights in the club’s history because he'”didn’t feel like a winner’. He’s part of the squad, a team, that succeeds and fails together – he just needs to shut up and work in order to earn his place.
Hopefully, this is just poor judgement by a young man and it will eventually be forgiven as long as it’s not a regular occurrence. We all wish him well during his loan spell at West Brom and uses the move as a springboard for launching his career.