- Squad No: 18
- Position: Forward
- Age: 19
- Birth Date: May 13, 1993
- Birth Place: Antwerp, Belgium
- Height: 1.90m
- Weight: 94 kg
Lukaku replicated his form in the 2010-11 season and continued to be linked with a move away from Anderlecht. Jose Mourinho admitted he wanted to bring the striker to Real Madrid while the teenager was pictured wearing a Chelsea shirt during a tour of Stamford Bridge – sparking speculation that West London could be his destination.
Finally, in August 2011, Lukaku agreed a deal in the region of £20 million to join the Blues and new boss Andre Villas-Boas hailed him as a ”very exciting young talent”.
Strengths: An imposing physical specimen, Lukaku is strong, tall and quick, and possesses the positional awareness and quality of finishing to mark him out as a superb all-round striker. He is also a focused and determined character.
Weaknesses: Few, though there is a concern that sitting on the Chelsea bench will stunt his development a touch. He may benefit from developing a more rounded game, rather than being honed as a lone striker.
Career high: Finishing the 2009-10 Belgian season as the league’s top scorer, despite still attending school.
Career low: Missing out on a place in the 2010-11 Champions League when Anderlecht were defeated by Partizan Belgrade in a penalty shoot-out in the play-offs.
Style: Dominant, explosive, prolific. A potential phenomenon.
Quotes: “I don’t like people talking to me about the Champions League. It wasn’t me but my team that won. Chelsea really wanted me last summer and paid a lot for me but, after a while, I thought, ‘Are you just throwing money around?'” Romelu Lukaku, May 2012
Trivia: Romelu Lukaku’s father, Roger, was a professional footballer in Belgium.