When Romelu Lukaku exited London nearly seven years ago, the trajectory of his career was in a very different place.
The Belgium international’s time at Chelsea had ended in a way that many couldn’t imagine given the hype around the striker. However, after tallying zero goals over his four years involved at the Stamford Bridge side it was clear that a change of scenery was needed.
The highlight of Lukaku’s initial stint with the Blues was the 2011/12 season when Chelsea secured its first UEFA Champions League title, but in the midst of the team celebrating its massive achievement Lukaku did something quite unexpected,
He refused to hold the winners’ trophy and even went on to say, “it wasn’t me, but my team that won.”
Since that moment, Lukaku has gradually been building up his career into becoming one of the world’s elite strikers, staring at Everton, Manchester United and most recently Inter Milan before completing the ultimate return to London.
Outside of Cristiano Ronaldo, there wasn’t another better scorer in Serie A last season than Lukaku and for that reason Chelsea made it a mission this summer to bring back their former striker.