Chelsea confirmed the signing of Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku in a record transfer deal of £97.5M late on Thursday 12th August, 2021.
Lukaku arrives at the Stamford Bridge for his second stint at the side he also played for and left to join Everton in 2014 for £28M.
On reaching the Stamford Bridge for his second tenure, BBC football quoted Lukaku to have said….
“I came here as a kid who had a lot to learn, now I’m coming back with a lot of experience and more mature,” Lukaku said.
“I have supported Chelsea as a kid and now to be back and try to help them win more titles is an amazing feeling.”
Lukaku became Chelsea’s record signing in a deal that cost the club £97.5M only £2.5M less of the British transfer record of the £100M paid for Jack Grealish by Manchester City recently.
Here we take a look at What the Belgian brings to the London side
Lukaku arrives at the Stamford Bridge with a lot of experience having played for the club before, Everton, Manchester United and recently Inter Milan.
He led Inter Milan’s striking line with 24 serie A strokes as he helped the Nerazzurri win their first scudetto (Seria A Title) in 11 years. Across all competitions, Lukaku netted 64 goals in 95 matches.
In the recently concluded Euro 2020 tournament, he finished with four goals, only one behind topscorers Christiano Ronaldo and Patrik Schick (5).
With this experience, Lukaku comes in as a solution to the problem of lack of a strike Chelsea has suffered since they let go of Diego Costa in 2017.
In comparison to the strikers he finds around, Lukaku still remains far much better as his 24 goals in Seria A is far away from Werner and Abraham’s six in 36,35 and 22 matches respectively.
However, Lukaku arrived at Old Trafford in 2017 from Everton on £75M deal after impressing at the club and it was thought after stints at Chelsea and the Toffees, he would yield much but he was later sold to Inter Milan in 2019 for £74M after the Devils decided he was not yielding as much as required despite netting 42 goals in 96 appearances.
More so, he arrives at a side where all the creative midfielders are interested in scoring, the likes of Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic,Hakim Ziyech and so on. This may avail Lukaku with limited chances to score from and in case of an otherwise performance, one should not be taken by surprise.