The year before a World Cup is often a strange one transfer-wise, and a handful of players have dropped a level in order to guarantee playing-time at clubs: just look at Ozil (sorry Gunners fans but yes, this is a step down) and Mamadou Sakho (pipe down Liverpool fans, PSG are a Champions League contender this year). Perhaps more than Lukaku, the best example is of his striking rival Benteke, who stayed at Aston Villa, is still scoring goals, and is still Belgium's number nine.
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