A Striker Without A Good First Touch: Can Lukaku Solve The Goalscoring Problem
Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is set for an imenient switch back to the Premier league with Chelsea already agreeing a deal with Italian side Inter Milan for a deal estimated to be over €115 million, a deal that would see Romelu Lukaku become the most expensive player in the world, recall that Manchester united secured the services of Lukaku with €84.70 million while Inter Milan bought him for €74 million, His other transfers include Chelsea spending €15 million to sign him from Belgin club Anderlecht, while Everton bought him for €35 million.
With Chelsea willing to spend majorly on there former outcast, Romelu Lukaku would surpass the €222 million Paris Saint-Germain paid Barcelona for the services of Brazilian star Neymar Jr.
Despite Lukaku goalscoring ability, he has been taunted as a striker without a good grips of the ball at first touch, his strength has always been his energetic prowess and his pace and giant physique which is an intimidating factor for opposing defenders.
Romelu Lukaku first stint at Chelsea didn’t end well as he was shipped out on loan multiple times before finally been sold to Everton, in Everton Romelu Lukaku stamped his name as a striker which one could reckon with.
His transfer to Manchester united started yielding good fruits early but didn’t end as expected as he was shipped out to Italy, Anthony Martial was preferred to the huge Belgian.
Since the exit of Dider Drogba from the top echelon of football. Chelsea have always had difficulties in replacing the former African footballer of the year.
Stars like Fernando Torres (€58.50 million), Radamel Falcao (loan), Deigo Costa €38.00 million, Gonzalo Higuain (loan), Alexander Pato (loan), Oliver Giroud, Demba ba, Samuel Etoò, Michy Batshuayi, Loíc Remy, Alvaro Morata (€60 million), Mohammed Salah.
And of recent 60 million was splashed to bring in Timo Werner form RB Leipzig but the German striker have failed to replicate his goalscoring form at RB Leipzig for Chelsea.
Academy graduate Tammy Abraham, who have shone like a brilliant star while on loan for other clubs, haven’t lived up to the billing while playing for Chelsea.
The only striker that came close to Dider Drogba at Chelsea was Deigo Costa.
Luckily for Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea’s new head coach Thomas Tuchel has a reputation of bringing out the best in players whom he have coached.
Despite Chelsea’s victorious season in the last footballing year, the team missed the touch of a quality striker as both Oliver Giroud and Timo Werner were culpable of missing glorious chances.
With Lukaku’s expected return to Stamford Bridge all eyes would be watching if the all time goalscorer for Belgium would be listed among the list of failed strikers at Chelsea or his name would be scribed with gold like that of Dider Drogba.