Romelu Lukaku's past comments on Lewandowski are now very interesting after Chelsea links

Some Premier League strike partnerships will stand the test of time.

Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke. Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton. Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp. Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Chelsea’s own Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored 37 times between them in the 2001/02 season under Claudio Ranieri.

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Attacking duos that just roll off the tongue.

How about Robert Lewandoski and Romelu Lukaku? LAL?

A combination forged in the fires of Football Fantasy.

But could this couple actually become a reality?

According to some, the answer is not so improbable after all.

Speaking on the Transfer Window podcast, Ian McGarry revealed that Pini Zahavi, agent of Lewandowski, had been in contact with Chelsea over the potential transfer of his client.

“It is certainly the case that he (Zahavi) has offered Lewandowski to Chelsea and (Marina) Granovskaia. A move which, could include, (Timo) Werner going to Bayern (Munich)”, said McGarry.

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Here lies Lukaku

This is certainly an intriguing development on so many levels.

Aside from the possible return to German football for Werner, the fact Lewandowski could be on the way to Stamford Bridge is startling in itself.

Not merely because Thomas Tuchel already has a revered numbered nine to call upon.

Lukaku was signed for a club-record fee over the summer to solve the issues presented by Werner and co.

With only four goals from 13 appearances – admittedly with an injury in between – those problems have not entirely gone away.

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Surely there would be no such problem if Lewandowski joined the Champions League holders.

The Bayern forward is already on 25 goals for the campaign, having netted 48 times last year.

Tuchel surely couldn’t pass on the chance to work with the Poland international.

But how would this make Romelu feel?

There could be another frontman coming into his turf, taking his limelight.

Well, the 28-year-old has already explained that he belongs alongside Lewandowski, rather than beneath him.

“When they talk about Lewandowski, (Karim) Benzema, (Luis) Suarez, (Harry) Kane, they would say it’s world class level and with me it’s always about being in good form,” said Lukaku during the European Championships.

“In the last two years I think I have shown it’s not just good form.

“I belong with that group, I am at that level.”

Is Lukaku right in his declaration?

There is no denying the Belgian has been amongst the world’s best goal scorers in the past few seasons.

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64 goals in just 95 games for Inter Milan should not be disrespected in the slightest.

However, Lewandowski’s return stretches beyond just a few spells.

Excluding this term, the Bayern man has scored +40 goals in every campaign since 2014/15.

Lukaku is yet to get over 35 in a single term in his senior career.

Yet, a majority of his efforts have arrived in arguably the two hardest leagues on the planet, whilst Lewandowski has almost solely scored in the Bundesliga.

They are different players with similar missions; let’s just enjoy them both separately.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.