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    Is Romelu Lukaku worth £28 million?

    It has been a lack lustre 2014/15 season by anyone standards who are associated with Everton players and fans alike especially compared to the dizzy heights of last season when they Merseyside team finished 5th in the Premier League table but are now currently slumped in 12th. There could be many things that can and has been eluded to explain this poor form but one that does stick out has been the form of striker Romelu Lukaku.

    Lukaku has recently come under fire in recent weeks when he stated in an interview that he would like a return to a top club and also saying that the club record £28million that Everton paid for his services in the summer was justified and that he would one day be worth even more. With this recent scrutiny the Belgian has come under the question in my mind and possibly on the mind of others is Romelu Lukaku actually worth £28million.

    It was well known that Lukaku would be something special since his humble beginnings back in his native land of Belgium where he made his debut for Anderlecht at the tender age of 16 back in 2009. Fast forward to the end of the 2009-10 season and he was the top scorer in the Belgian Pro League with 15 goals and a title winner. Another 20 goals the next season caught the interest of Chelsea who signed a player who was considered one of the great young talents on the continent for a fee of £17million in 2011. After a season of mainly cameo and reserve games Lukaku was loaned out to West Brom at the beginning of the 2012/13 season and this is where English fans were introduced to Lukaku’s talent. He finished the season with 17 goals outscoring all of his Chelsea teammates and seemed inevitable that he would be the main man up top at Stamford Bridge come the next campaign.

    He was given his opportunity in 2013/14 by a returning Jose Mourinho starting the first two games of the Premier league season, however a penalty miss in the 2013 UEFA Super Cup against Bayern Munich cut his Chelsea career short with a loan move to Everton on transfer deadline day. He very much proved Mourinho wrong for his lack of faith in him with another spectacular season 15 goals in 31 league games.

    However it does seem Mourinho’s lack of faith in the Belgian’s ability has proven reasonable so far this season and decided to cash in after Lukaku’s poor showing in Brazil with just the one goal throughout the tournament. Lukaku’s permanent to Everton was completed on the July 30 2014 for what is a club record fee of £28million, a fee like that from a club whose financial struggles have been very much documented over the years the pressure was on the striker to perform from the off.

    It hasn’t been great for the striker scoring just 13 goals in 32 appearances with just seven of those coming in the league. It hasn’t been like that his opportunities have been lacking missing some great chances in games with one in the recent game against Chelsea which, even though it was a great save from Petr Cech Lukaku should be burying those chances. This lack of desire especially in league was not more evident than in the 2-2 draw with a struggling Leicester City. Lukaku had two clear chances in the second half but he put one over and sliced the other wide of the mark, the Lukaku of two or even a year ago would have buried both of those opportunities. He did grab a hat-trick midweek against Young Boys but it well known that he could have had many more than three, those recent comments haven’t helped his cause with many fans beginning to turn on their prized asset.

    On the other hand it is unfair to blame Everton’s shoddy form this year completely on the striker, yes he has been poor but players that shone last season haven’t shown similar form. It also has to been taken into account that Lukaku is still 21 years of age and he will have bad patches and the pressure of that price tag on such young shoulders won’t help even his captain Phil Jagielka stated that his permanent transfer from London has had an effect on his form this season. Lukaku can only get better with age and maturity and who knows he might one day be worth more than what he claims he is. 
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