Despite the best attempts by the English media, Belgian powerhouse Romelu Lukaku is refusing to discuss his Chelsea future until the end of the Premier League season.
C’mon, Romelu. Not even a hint?
Nope, not even a hint.
Since arriving at the Hawthorns the 6’3″ striker has been in stunning form, hitting pay dirt 13 times in just 25 league appearances. His season-long loan with the Baggies will see him head back to Stamford Bridge in the summer and while West Brom manager Steve Clarke is pessimistic about an extension, Lukaku is keeping his focus on finishing strong for Albion.
“I am just waiting until the end of season,” the Belgian said. “I am just performing for West Brom at the moment. We will see what will happen and I don’t want to talk about it either.”
The problem that Lukaku is no doubt aware of is that Chelsea’s favored 4-2-3-1 formation is hardly conducive to a setup with three star strikers. With Demba Ba and Fernando Torres splitting time it’s doubtful there’s any room at the inn for the ex-Anderlecht man. Factor in Brazilian Lucas Piazon impressing in his loan spell at Malaga and Roman Abramovich’s man crush on Radamel Falcao and maybe the Bridge isn’t the best place for the dreadlocked maestro.
But it should be.
Because as his performances on the pitch and his demeanor off of it prove, Lukaku is class. It is by no means easy for a 19 year old – who has repeatedly been compared to Didier Drogba – to be loaned out to a club in the Midlands, score bags of goals and not whine about how he should be starting at his parent club.
Lukaku consistently cuts the figure of a player who is hungry and modest. Chelsea would do well to have such a character lead their line.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.