Fared well in the Premier League
Lukaku has been playing at England’s top-flight since 2011 and is well aware of the condition, climate, and playing style. His brief stint at Chelsea saw him loaned out to West Bromwich Albion, and then to Everton where he managed to earn a permanent move.
The big 24-year old centre-forward has got the ability to thrive in the and his last two season with Everton has shown how quickly he has matured into a player. Lukaku is satisfied with his life in the Premier League and will love to return to his old club.
Suiting himself to Chelsea’s playing style
Romelu Lukaku might look like a tall and heavily built player who likes to hold off the ball and operate in and around the penalty area. However, he is completely different and is a modern day centre-forward that can drop on the flanks or drop deep to pick out killer passes or go for long rangers.
Chelsea’s 3-5-2 will suit Lukaku as he can operate as a left-sided striker due to his preferred left foot. Lukaku is excellent in the air and uses his height to good value. Lukaku is an excellent dribbler as well allowing him to take on defenders in addition to his sheer pace. Conte’s formation allows the forward players to be relieved of prolonged defensive shifts; a tactic Lukaku would love to be part of.
Guidance under Antonio Conte
The 24-year old is about to enter his peak time, and there is no better manager than Antonio Conte in the Premier League right now, capable of doing it. Romelu has shone under Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman, but the tactically astute Conte will help him nurture his game.
Conte can work on Lukaku’s strength and technical ability while allowing the player freedom to express himself. Lukaku has been a prolific goal scorer but lacks the poacher’s instinct. Conte will be looking to transform him into a complete number 9.
Romelu Lukaku when loaned to West Bromwich Albion back in 2012, looked disappointed and eventually had to leave the Blues. He will be ready to go all guns blazing and will look to prove a point.
The buyback option didn’t help Lukaku’s cause in 2014 where then manager Jose Mourinho opted to pick Diego Costa ahead of Lukaku. Things got worse in 2012 when he refused to lift the UCL trophy as he later admitted that he didn’t feel worthy enough to lift it. This will be the best way to prove his critics wrong, and stamp his authority at the Stamford Bridge.
Cementing a national team spot
Lukaku is well ahead in Belgium’s pecking order with his former Everton coach, Roberto Martinez at the helm of things. However, he will be under some pressure with Dres Mertens and Christian Benteke enjoying a decent run of form for their individual clubs respectively.
Chelsea’s UCL fixtures will be the perfect platform to cement Lukaku’s place in the national side as people would get the glimpse of his abilities on the grandest stage of European club completion. Lukaku will be boosted further by the presence of compatriots Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, and Michy Batshuayi.