Many were expecting to see Victor Moses go out on loan before the close of the transfer window and perhaps Demba Ba, but may have been surprised to see Romelu Lukaku’s late move to Everton.
Both Chelsea youngsters moved up to Merseyside for the season, with Moses linking up with former Blue Daniel Sturridge up in Liverpool and Lukaku to Everton.
Jose Mourinho has explained the moves by saying that the decisions made were in the best interests of the players as he was unable to guarantee either of them playing time and that they need minutes on the pitch at this time of their respective careers.
He told ChelseaTV:
“I think it’s time for everyone to stop talking about selling and buying players.
“There are always little things to do on the last day, people to leave. We have to think about the club, but we also have to think about what is best for the players individually.
“We decided Moses and Lukaku – two players we were more than happy to keep – that it’s better for the club and the future of the players if they go on loan.
“With Lukaku, we have Fernando (Torres), (Samuel) Eto’o and Demba (Ba). Of course he would get playing time, but it’s the choice of playing basically every weekend.
“He had lots of clubs and options, and we have to respect his decision.”
I don’t think anyone expected Moses to stick about as all of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Oscar, Willian, Kevin De Bruyne and Andre Schurrle ahead of him in the pecking order, but many thought that Lukaku may already be ready to challenge the likes of Torres for a place whilst hoping he’d at least be ahead of constantly offside Ba.
However, Lukaku seems happy with the switch he has made and if there’s a choice between him or Ba sitting on the bench/stands at Stamford Bridge I’d rather it be the latter.
Lukaku scored 17 Premier League goals for West Brom last season and one of the best conversion rates in the league, so I wish him all the best on his move and hope he finally gets the chance to prove himself in the blue of Chelsea next season.
Source: Sky Sports News