Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is being described as a beast after his commanding performance on his Premier League debut for the Blues against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.
The Belgian began his second start to life at Chelsea with the opening goal for Thomas Tuchel’s men in a game they won 2 nil.
Chelsea currently lead the Premier League table and have 2 wins from 2 but one major highlight from their matchday 2 encounter was the performance of Romelu Lukaku, the new man in the number 9 jersey for the Stamford Bridge outfit.
It can be recalled that the Blues were previously linked with a move for Erling Haaland this summer and we wrote an article regarding if the Dortmund forward would be able to break the number 9 curse at Chelsea if a move materialized.
Well, he’s no more the one that is expected to break the curse but the one who was once regarded as the ideal replacement for Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge.
When Chelsea was linked with Lukaku, there were mixed reactions from fans based on how he left the club and how events panned out for him in his time at Manchester United. Well, the Belgian evolved to a major threat for defenders under Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.
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It can be recalled that the Italian manager specifically requested for Romelu Lukaku in his time at Chelsea but the response to his demand was Alvaro Morata. We know how that ended. Regardless, Lukaku has returned for a second spell at Stamford Bridge and started off on a high.
I don’t think we’ve seen a commanding performance by a striker with back to goal moves in recent times at Chelsea until the game against Mikel Arteta’s men.
Lukaku was crowded whenever he was on the ball as he was the main target of the Arsenal defense. However, he held his own against them and the dash for his goal after leaving Pablo Mari for dead and crashing on the pitch speaks volumes.
He could have gotten a brace if not for a fingertip save by Bernd Leno and the crossbar.
There were many positives from the striker in this one and these should come off as good signs. However, it’s still early days although the Belgian seems determined to prove a point in the Premier League.
Regardless, the Blues fans must know that there will be days of mixed performance snd maybe outrightly poor performances and get behind their main man which those days come.
Meanwhile, we’ll be looking forward to the upcoming games this season to see if he will be consistent and prolific enough to be the one to break the supposed ‘curse of the number 9’ at Chelsea.