Romelu Lukaku first arrived at Chelsea in 2011 from Anderlecht as a teenager with immense potential but despite his obvious quality, he failed to make it into the first team.
The Belgian striker would flourish on loan before moving to Everton and a few more clubs, establishing himself as one of the best in the world football in his position.
Chelsea legend Petr Cech has thus, revealed exactly what went wrong for Lukaku in his first spell to chelsefc.com, saying, “When he moved to Chelsea, he had the disadvantage at that time that Didier Drogba was at the full peak of his form and his ability. Didier was scoring goals and we knew exactly how to use him.”
When Romelu arrived at Chelsea, his hold-up game was not the same as it is now, because at Anderlecht he was used to concentrating on running. He would get the ball and kill everybody with speed, power, and his finishing.
“At Chelsea at that time, we used the number nine in a slightly different way for the hold-up play, and also it’s a more challenging league than Belgium.
“He needed a little bit of time to adapt, his career took a different path and he’s been successful everywhere he’s been.
“Over the years he has obviously improved and you can see when he talks that he was conscious about needing to improve this part of his game.”
These problems are unlikely to resurface for Lukaku this time around, with the striker already fitting in like he’s never left the club.