Chelsea fighting off Premier League rivals to land Lukaku
Chelsea have already experimented with developing a young Belgian talent named Lukaku. Although that didn’t quite go to plan, the west Londoners appear keen to trial the process again with Romelu’s younger brother Jordan.
Although a left back, the younger sibling still holds a number of similarities to the Everton striker.
The 21-year-old started his footballing career with Anderlecht, just like Romelu, and has earned a reputation as a bright young prospect in his homeland.
Where Jordan differs though is in making an early move away from the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, having made just nine appearances for the senior team.
Lukaku switched to fellow Jupiler Pro League outfit Oostende midway through the 2013/14 campaign, nailing down a spot in the first team almost instantaneously.
He has gone on to play 71 games for De Kustboys and has scored both of his goals for the club this term.
His play has been noticed on a national level and in an October Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra, Marc Wilmots handed the defender his senior Belgian debut, while his brother watched on from the bench.
According to varying reports, all of that has not gone unnoticed by England’s elite. The Daily Star say Chelsea are fighting off Tottenham to land the youngster, while the Metro offer Everton as a potential landing spot for obvious reasons.
Of those three, Chelsea would arguably be the worst move the younger Lukaku could make. He need only look at the treatment of his brother for confirmation that Stamford Bridge is a poor breeding ground for young talent. That may change with Jose Mourinho now axed, but the switch would remain a gamble.
Tottenham and Everton both have better track records for trusting youth, but the pair have established options available in the position. Spurs, in particular, are very strong at left-back with Danny Rose and Ben Davies in regular rotation.
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