Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku needs to play football. He refused to touch the UEFA Champions League trophy after his team secured it, citing his lack of involvement as the reason he wasn't worthy of the accolade.

Preseason has simply proved his rustiness. He's wasting away and he can't provide adequate backup to Fernando Torres right now.

Here are four clubs he could join on loan this season in a deal beneficial for all parties.

Aston Villa

Gabriel Agbonlahor is out for the start of the season, taking Paul Lambert's already slim striking options down by one in total.

The claret and blue side need a player who can play alongside or instead of star forward Darren Bent, as his injury last season proved they are toothless without him. 

Lambert encourages good football and Lukaku would certainly benefit from a season in the Midlands.


Martin O'Neill needs a striker after losing Nicklas Bendtner and Asamoah Gyan. Stephane Sessegnon puts in an admirable shift, but the Ulsterman surely can't enter the season with just Ji Dong-Won and Connor Wickham?

Like Lambert, O'Neill encourages decent football and has the wing personnel to provide good service to Lukaku's head, feet and chest.

Swansea City

Under Michael Laudrup, Swansea are widely expected to pick up where they left off with Brendan Rodgers by playing slow, possession-based football.

Wingers Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer provide ample ammunition to current first-choice striker Danny Graham, but without him Swansea looked toothless up front.

Luke Moore is not a Premier League standard striker. Swansea need depth.

Tottenham Hotspur

If Lukaku has rejected a move to Fulham citing rival reasons, then he's even more likely to reject Andre Villas-Boas' Spurs - especially considering the way the Portuguese tactician treated him after his purchase.

Still, you can't deny it would help all parties. Lukaku needs games in a good team. Tottenham are a good team with a striking crisis considering the Emmanuel Adebayor ordeal.

Spurs fans wouldn't want a Chelsea loanee, Chelsea fans wouldn't want to loan someone to Spurs. Still, it makes footballing sense at least.