Chelsea questioned about decision to sell top 24-year-old striker

Matt Le Tissier believes Chelsea made a mistake selling Romelu Lukaku back in 2014

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Man United striker Romelu Lukaku Photo: Romelu Lukaku/Instagram

Matt Le Tissier has questioned Chelsea over their decision to sell Romelu Lukaku in 2014.

The Blues initially signed Lukaku from Anderlecht in 2011 as the Belgian striker looked to emulate his childhood hero Didier Drogba at the west London side.

Lukaku was sent out on loan to West Brom and then Everton where he scored 32 goals in 66 appearances for the two Premier League clubs.

The Belgium international started the 2014-15 season as part of Mourinho’s Chelsea squad but the Blues decided to sell the striker to Everton in a 29m deal.

Seemingly the Portuguese coach was unable to guarantee Lukaku regular first-team football.

Lukaku scored 71 goals during three season at Goodison Park before Mourinho made the centre-forward Manchester United’s second most-expensive signing in a 75m transfer from Everton back in July.

Chelsea, meanwhile, brought in Alvaro Morata in a 58m deal ahead of the departure of Diego Costa.

The Blues have been relying on Michy Batshuayi to provide back up for Morata, although the Belgian doesn’t appear to be rated highly by his manager, Antonio Conte.

Former Southampton midfielder Le Tissier questioned why Chelsea decided to sell Lukaku.

“Why did Chelsea not believe in him a little bit more and keep him?” Le Tissier told Sky Sports.

“They’ve bought a player for £32m in Batshuayi who they have no trust in. He’s a perennial sub. His goal record is quite good. But they don’t trust him.”

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