Romelu Lukaku’s career as a Chelsea player is one he’ll probably want to forget, but last night he proved yet again he’s still got huge pedigree at international level.
Romelu Lukaku, who’s in his second stint as a Chelsea player, is currently spending this season out on loan with Inter Milan.
The 29-year-old striker is still owned by the Blues and is due to return to Stamford Bridge this summer when his loan expires. Inter’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta has even confirmed Lukaku will definitely return to West London rather than stay in Milan.
His club career is a bit all over the place right now, but he’s clearly still valued by his country.
Lukaku scored once yesterday during Belgium’s 3-2 away win over Germany during an international friendly. This follows up his hat-trick against Sweden last week.
The left-footed attacker has a simply phenomenal record with Belgium. He’s now netted 72 times in 106 senior caps.
Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad marked Lukaku’s latest international display an 8/10:
They wrote: “His stats speak for themselves: 72 goals! Left [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen no chance. Headed on the crossbar, was better in the game than Friday for a long time. Was certainly in the first half always playable as a pivot. Began an unfortunate handball for the German penalty.”
It’s good to see Lukaku finding his feet again in the last few weeks, but we don’t see a way back for him in Chelsea colours.
The Blues fanbase has completely given up on him, despite the fact the team needs a new centre-forward going into next season.
We predict Chelsea will take a massive hit on the £97.5million (Sky Sports) they splashed on him. It was under the previous ownership, though.
His time at the club should serve as a warning that there is no guarantee the next high-profile striker that joins will be a success.