REPORT: Chelsea to swap Ross Barkley for Romelu Lukaku this summer?

According to a report at the weekend, Chelsea have identified the man they see as Frank Lampard's replacement at the club - Ross Bark...

According to a report at the weekend, Chelsea have identified the man they see as Frank Lampard's replacement at the club - Ross Barkley. The same report indicates that a swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku could come to fruition this summer.

This report featured in The Mirror states that Jose Mourinho sees Barkley as the successor to Lampard within his squad and I just wonder if that IS actually the case. As we know Frank Lampard in his prime was a box-to-box midfielder and I don't see Barkley as that type of player. He is more of a focal point in midfield, someone to look to create and craft rather than get on the end of things.

Barkley is way off being the finished product but has already impressed and made an impact this season. Without question Barkley has talent as we have already seen and has flourished under the guidance this season of Roberto Martinez. So too has Romelu Lukaku and it's believed that the manager is more than interested in keeping the Belgian at Everton next season and beyond.

I personally see Marko Van Ginkel has more of the natural replacement for Lampard than Barkley. If anything the Dutchman is more of an all round midfielder than Barkley and would be more comfortable playing from the deeper position on the pitch with Barkley favouring playing further forward, similar to that of Oscar at the moment.

With reports like these, it's important to remember that newspapers need to sell copy and this report could be complete fabrication. There could be little or no substance at all. What if there actually is though? Would you agree with the fact that we would let Lukaku go?

This whole Lukaku situation (as I have posted before) is a confusing one with no one being able to confirm 100% the plans for him at Chelsea. Rumours of a big fall out with Jose Mourinho still persist and looking from the outside in, you would have to admit it could be difficult for these two to patch up their differences. For Mourinho to call for Lukaku to state why he was sent out on loan to Everton indicates things are not exactly ideal.

If anything, Chelsea's defeat at Crystal Palace at the weekend indicates to me that we need a "Plan B" as time and time again this season, for one reason or another, we have dropped points. Romelu Lukaku is that other option!

I am aware that playing Lukaku in our team as it is right now would be a change of approach or change of style and that's a good thing in my opinion. Teams know what to expect from Chelsea under Mourinho and the type of football we are looking to play. They know that they can drop back and defend deep in numbers because we are looking to play through them.

Chelsea right now will not play a long ball up to someone to either win the ball and hold it up or flick it on. Back to the days of old with Didier Drogba, we had an option to mix things up and if one style of play wasn't working, we could switch to try a different approach. The big Belgian would give Mourinho that option.

Ross Barkley is definitely a star in the making and Romelu Lukaku could quite literally be as good as he wants to be. If this swap deal has substance and IS on the cards, would both sets of supporters be happy with the outcome or would you feel as though one has got the better of the deal?

What do you people think?

Post a Comment


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Classic Football Shirts

Find free bets and bonus offers at Betting Promo Codes today
Compare bookies free bet offers at to get a bonus
For the best football betting tips make sure to check out Tips Daddy for superior football predictions, expert accumulator tips, and in depth match previews. is dedicated to providing UK players with reviews and bonus offers from a variety of poker rooms that accept PayPal.
For the best Irish free bets try for a full range of betting bonuses available to Irish players
Get the best online bingo bonuses for Irish players at along with exclusive deposit bonuse

Diego Costa - Should he stay or should he go?

Looking to bet on football? then why not check out for the latest football specials and sign-up bonuses



Google +

The Football Blog Network

If in a hunt for a proper bookie, check out this betting site for proper comparison and ratings.
Get your Sky Bet Promo Code today for the internets best free bets and bookies offers.
Make sure you get one of these great betting offers for the next Chelsea game.
Take a look at the best gambling websites for betting on the football.
Providing the best online casino offers and latest sign up bonuses for UK players
High roller players from the United Kingdom choose the recommended Luxury Casino Mobile with VIP deposit bonuses and high comp points.
If you're looking for the best casino deposit bonuses take a look at to get the biggest bang for your buck on your initial deposit at all the best online casino sites
Guide to mobile slots games and online casino sites with instant play.
Find the best microgaming casinos for the UK and Canada with new video slots and more.
Get free spins and cash from UK online casinos that offer no deposit casino bonuses and 1 hour free play.
To compare free bets for betting on Chelsea visit
Play at Casino Legend today to get the biggest online casino bonuses available.
"For all those who enjoy a bet on side games and slots we recommend trying out the legendary slot here where you can get a range of deposit bonuses"
Fancy playing some casino slots online? Get the best ruby slippers slot machine bonuses and free spins available
Learn the ins and outs of poker, casino and what not, with an expert in anything related to betting. Go on Betminded and see for yourself.
Top online casino action. Head to Casino UK for the best online casino in the United Kingdom. If you’re a UK gambler & are new to the world of online gaming and want to learn more, is the site for you. They help you find the leading online casino on the internet.
Betting on the football? Make sure you claim the best free bet offers for 2016
Head on over to Free Bets No Deposit Required for the latest live football previews and free tips along with bundles of Free Bets No Deposit offers currently available from the UK Bookmakers.
Find the best online slot games, free spins and latest promotions
Betting on Chelsea? Make sure you’re singed up to the best betting websites to get the most for your money.
Do you fancy free bets no deposit ?
Looking for value bets, accumulator tips or more betting odds? Find the best football betting tips over at
Football live scores and results on live football. All the latest football scores.
Before buying anything online, make sure that you look for promo codes at AwesomeCoupons to help save money on your purchase.
Claim mega Chelsea enhanced odds we list all the latest enhanced odds offers and sign up bonuses from the best bookies, for huge prices on the big games visit enhanced odds bet £1,000+ in Free Bets + Betting Tips
If you're looking for the newest betting sites in the sports betting market today, then take a look at this extensive list from My Best Betting Sites, who provide a comprehensive list of sites that are new to the industry, but also have great reputations. offer an extensive range of the most popular bookies and the betting offers that they provide to all players upon sign up. They're a trusted source and we highly recommend them.