It is not unknown that Belgium is a country that lives the Golden Generation in football with a national team containing names like Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard, Moussa Dembélé, Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois, Jan Vertonghen and…Romelu Lukaku! But who is this youngster, often said to be a beast on the football pitch? Who is Romelu Lukaku and what is the beauty in the beast?
Romelu Lukaku, born in Antwerp (Belgium), now plays for the club he loved since he was a toddler, Chelsea FC. The 20-years-old striker signed the deal of his dreams at Stamford Bridge in 2011 and left the club where it all began for him, RSC Anderlecht, behind.
We take a look back at his days in Belgium, when he was a fresh addition to the Anderlecht squad, a star striker with his own TV show following Lukaku during his days at school. He signed his first professional contract at the age of 16 and made his debut against Standard Liége. His days at Anderlecht were promising, as I went watching their matches more often to see Romelu Lukaku play. This young footballer, who played in an advert for cookies, caught my heart and I knew that one day he would leave Belgium for a bigger league. That day arrived at 6 August 2011, when Chelsea started talks with Anderlecht, Lukaku put an end to his days in Belgium and joined the Blues.
Today, Lukaku is back at Stambord Bridge after being on a season long loan to West Bromwich Albion last season. It is time to entertain Mourinho and the fans with some of his hidden talents. Last season, Lukaku impressed the world of football with a total of 17 goals in 38 appearances scoring some crucial goals for his loan club and a hat trick as a substitute against Manchester United on the final day. He was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year Award and won the West Brom Young Player of the Year Award.
During Chelsea’s pre-season tour, Lukaku announced that the new season is an important one for him as he wants to become one of the best footballers in the world when he reaches the age of 21. He said he’s not impressed by his fellow strikers, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, who make it harder for Lukaku to get his place in the team. Romelu is often compared to a younger edition of Didier Drogba, but it is a fact that there will never be a player the same caliber of Drogba at Stamford Bridge. One similarity between Lukaku and Drogba is their ability to score goals out of the most difficult situations in front of the opponent’s goal. Next to this, Lukaku also has the strength to be a star substitute who is able to score whenever Mourinho will bring him on.
During his days at the The Hawthorns last season, Lukaku developed and became an adept passer with solid footballing instincts. These skills make the Belgian international a deathly weapon for the Blues. Having a player like Lukaku who can start and score early or come off the bench and score late is a luxury few managers in European football enjoy, and one of Mourinho’s first pieces of business should be to return the rock-solid Belgian to the club where he can show off his synergy with countryman Hazard to the Premier League this season.