9 Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku
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Name
Romelu Lukaku
Nationality
bel Belgium
Position
Forward
Height
1.91m
Weight
103 kg
Current Team
Chelsea FC
Past Teams
Manchester United
Leagues
Premier League
Seasons
2021/2022 Premier League Season
Birthday
May 13, 1993
Age
28

Romelu Lukaku was first signed by Chelsea in 2011 as an 18-year-old teenage sensation from RSC Anderlecht. He has starred for the Belgian Jupiler side scoring 41 in 98 appearances.

On his arrival at Stamford Bridge, he will make only 15 appearances for the first team across the three seasons. He will spend most of those times on loan. His first loan was to West Bromwich Albion in 2013. He will spend a full season with the Baggies and scored a respectable 17 goals for them.

RomeluLukaku moved to Everton on loan, after he returned from West Brom. He will spend the rest of the 2014/15 season there. His fine performances convinced Roberto Martinez and the Everton board to sign him permanently from Chelsea at the end of his loan deal. Chelsea sold him for €35.36m.

At Everton, he will become one of the deadliest strikers in the English top flight. He scored an incredible 87 goals in 166 appearances. He improved in his all-around performances and managed to create 29 goals for his teammates too.

After spending three seasons at the Toffees, and delivering consistently, he became a wanted man. Manchester United jumped to the queue and forked out €84.70m to sign him on a five-year deal. Mourinho was pleased to get his man, having worked with him at Chelsea previously.

Lukaku’s move to Manchester United did not work out well as planned. He could not keep up with the burden of expectations from him. His high transfer fee came with a lot of high hopes, and he was expected to carry the team all the way. His performances were patchy, and his confidence dropped so low due to criticism by Manchester United fans, the media, and even his coach.

Romelu Lukaku will still manage to score 42 goals for Manchester United in his two full seasons there. But, that does not tell the whole story. Towards the end of his Man. United career, he was not even guaranteed a starting berth.

Mourinho was sacked in December 2018, and Ole Gunnar Solskjær replaced him at the dugout. His arrival led to the resurgence of the team and players’ form improved. But Lukaku did not enjoy the favors of the new gaffer who deemed him expendable.

When Inter Milan was instructed by their coach Antonio Conte to go for Romelu Lukaku, they offered Manchester United €74.00m. He was sold to Inter in 2019.

Lukaku’s move to Inter Milan led to his resurgence. Conte’s tutelage propelled his career to a new level. He developed into a more complete player under the intense Conte. He was named the 2019 Europa League Player of the Season as Inter Milan went all the way to the final only to lose to Sevilla.

He will follow his first season’s performance with a better one the next season. His 24 league goals propelled Inter Milan to the Serie A title. It is their first since 2010 under Mourinho, breaking Juventus’ 9-year winning streak.

Romelu Lukaku will win the MVP of the League, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.

On 12 August 2021, Chelsea will announce the return of Romelu Lukaku. Chelsea has to pay big, spending €115.00m big back the Belgian. Though Inter Milan deemed him untouchable, their poor financial situation forced their hands to sell their best players. Achraf Hakimi was sold to PSG earlier, and Antonio Conte did step down as a coach when he knew Inter will sell rather than buy more players to continue his project.

Romelu Lukaku has already made a big impact at Chelsea scoring on his derby against Arsenal. He looks set to continue with his unfinished business at Chelsea.

KEY STRENGTHS

  • Finishing
  • Aerial threat
  • Link up play
  • Pace and power

WEAKNESSES

  • Passing
  • First touch