Looks like Romelu Lukaku will be playing at Chelsea this season after claiming that “at the moment” he would not consider a loan move.
Lukaku, signed by Chelsea from Belgian side Anderlecht in August 2011, spent the 2012-13 Premier League season at West Bromwich Albion. It was at The Hawthorns where the Belgian striker developed into one of the Premier League’s most dominant strikers, scoring 17 goals and notching 4 assists in 35 contests.
Despite the prolific form, question marks have surrounded Lukaku’s chances of leading the line at Stamford Bridge. Some feel the 20 year old would be better served by another year of development at a mid-range club where Lukaku can be the focal point of the attack. Others believe he’s ready to assume that very role for Chelsea right now.
Following his landmark season, Lukaku spoke modestly of his potential to play for Chelsea this coming August. “I am a realist,” he said. “I still need to grow and for that I need to have time to play during the next season.”
A few weeks later, he upped his confidence, noting he was “determined to succeed with Chelsea next season” and that he “want[ed] to prove [him]self.”
And now, by revealing that he won’t consider a loan move in the upcoming season, Lukaku has taken the next step in securing the striker role at Chelsea. It’s a role that he recently discussed with Blues manager Jose Mourinho.
“Yeah we spoke and I want to keep it private because when you have confidential talks with the manager, it has to stay between you and him,” Lukaku told Sky Sports News. “We had a good talk and now it’s up to me.”
For now, Lukaku’s competition up top consists of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba. And while many believe the Belgian striker deserves the nod ahead of both Torres and Ba, things could get quite complicated if Mourinho decides to act on the transfer speculation linking the Blue in a move for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.
When the United States takes on Guatemala in next month’s World Cup qualifiers, might we see Bobby Wood go from super sub to starter?
The Union Berlin striker with a pair of memorable USMNT goals to top the Netherlands and Germany is doing more of the same in 2.Bundesliga.
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The 3-0 win saw Wood race down the field for this fast break goal, his fourth in as many matches. On the season, the Hawaiian-born 23-year-old has nine goals and four assists, though Union doesn’t have a look at promotion this season.
Still, as Dr. Dre might say, “Bobby Wood… Bobby Wood always up to no good.” If Jurgen Klinsmann is thinking 4-4-2 with Wood and in-form, slimmed-down Jozy Altidore, we’d be happy to have a look at it.
- Milner, Sturridge score early
- Villa eight points off 17th place
- Can scores great low goal in 59th
- Most home goals allowed by Villa in PL history
Even Kolo Toure scored!
Six different Liverpool players scored a goal as Liverpool piled misery on Aston Villa with a 6-0 win at Villa Park on Sunday.
Daniel Sturridge, James Milner, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne, Emre Can and Toure scored for the Reds.
The loss is Aston Villa’s first in five at home, and stops them from moving toward 19th place Sunderland.
The Villans are seven back of the Black Cats, and Liverpool pulls into eighth. The Reds sit three points back of fifth-place Manchester United.
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Sturridge’s celebratory dance was back on display, as he nodded down Coutinho’s cross to make it 1-0 in the 16th minute.
Milner’s free kick from the right slipped just over Mamadou Sakho‘s head but tricked Mark Bunn enough to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead after 25 minutes of play.
Villa was booed off the pitch at halftime after struggling to show any semblance of a comeback pulse.
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Liverpool added a third on a counterattack, as Can picked up a square pass from Roberto Firmino and buried a low shot past Bunn.
Origi subbed on for Sturridge, and scored moments later. Twenty-seven seconds after the move, the Belgian buried a goal. Clyne netted a minute later to make it three goals conceded in less than seven minutes.
By the time Toure added his first goal in five years, it was clear this was an onslaught. In a year that could see Villa relegated for the first time in Premier League history, the club added another first.
This Man City fan dad gets high marks for Valentine’s Day after he combined with mom to give a big Etihad Stadium surprise for their son.
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The child’s reaction could even warm a United fan’s heart, as he leaps into dad’s arms after learning their Sunday morning trip to the team shop was really a date at the big game against Spurs.
Now will their club make it an even better day? Doubt it matters all that much to the kid right now!
When Danny Welbeck jumped off the bench and made his return for Arsenal after being out injured for nine months, you kind of knew the writing was on the wall.
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That said, heading into the 95th minute with a free kick 40-yards out, as Mesut Ozil swung in a perfect cross time stood still as Welbeck glanced a header into the far corner.
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Pandemonium ensued at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal had snatched a late 2-1 win over title rivals Leicester City in the most dramatic of fashions.
Wherever you watched the game, it’s likely you had a similar reaction to these guys…
This video from the Bling Pig pub in New York City sums up the bedlam well…
While up in Buffalo, NY…
The Syracuse Gooners lost the plot…
It went off in Virginia Beach…
Down in New Orleans it got a little crazy…
Up in Minneapolis/St Paul a similar scene of utter jubilation played out…
The broadcast crew picked up on some of the celebrations from players and fans postgame…
BONUS: And, because it’s awesome, this is how the guys at Telemundo called the game-winner. Sensational.