The 20-year-old needs regular football and the 17 goals he scored in his 20 Premier League starts (35 in total) at West Brom is testimony to that, but I don’t think Lukaku will be back at the Hawthorns next season even though they’d love to have him.
Rafael Benitez’s successor is yet to be named and although we all expect it to be Jose Mourinho, it will be a while before the next manager will get a chance to sit down with technical director Michael Emenalo and discuss Lukaku’s fate. It’s likely he’ll want to have his own meeting with the club’s staff also.
The Belgian says he’ll mull over his options:
“I’ll start the season with Chelsea then I will speak with the management to discuss the best choice. I am a realist.
“I still need to grow and for that I need to have time to play during the next season. Dortmund would be a good choice.”
I don’t know whether or not it would be right to bring Lukaku back just yet as using him as backup won’t do him a lot of good as he will likely see a lot of the bench, but it also depends on which players come and go over the transfer window. He’s been very impressive at West Brom but is still very raw, so should go to wherever he’s going to play the most football but it must be a move in England.
As Premier League rules on home-grown players state:
A home-grown player will be defined as one who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the Season during which he turns 21).
Lukaku turns 21 on May 13th, at the end of next season, and if he remains in England during this time then he could be named as one of our home-grown players in the 25-man squad thereafter, so Dortmund is a complete no-no as far as I am concerned. He either stays at Stamford Bridge or goes on loan at somewhere like Swansea, where they play good football and will provide him with European experience.
Source: The Sun