Romelu Lukaku ready to show he’s best striker in the Premier League after goalscoring Chelsea return
Back in blue and back in the Premier League, Romelu Lukaku finally scored his first goal for Chelsea – nine years and 360 days after his first debut for the club.
After his club record move from Inter Milan, Lukaku made his second debut in the 2-0 victory over Arsenal on Sunday. The striker had failed to score in his previous spell with the Blues but needed just 15 minutes to find the net at the Emirates.
It’s already looking like the £98million Chelsea paid to sign him was money well spent and the 28-year-old has now overtaken Harry Kane as the bookies’ favourite to win the Golden Boot.
The Belgian has been hailed as the ‘game changer’ for Chelsea as they look to dethrone champions Manchester City and Thomas Tuchel’s side now look like serious title contenders.
Lukaku will battle it out with Kane to be the best striker in the Premier League and will be desperate to prove a point to those who criticised him during his time at Manchester United.
After leaving Old Trafford, the forward had the best spell of his career at Inter with Antonio Conte – and his secret was a Mediterranean diet.
The great bond between Conte and Lukaku was born at the table, between plates, forks and knives, thanks to a radical change of diet that improved his physical performance.
Lukaku was accused of being overweight when he left United and there were reports he could miss the start of his first season with Inter. But the striker hit back with a picture showing off his muscular physique, with the caption: ‘Not bad for a fat boy’.
Conte always insisted on having a nutritionist working with Lukaku from the minute he arrived in Milan. The Belgian lost half a stone thanks to a careful diet which saw him become fitter and stronger.
Lukaku improved physically and mentally, managing to increase his muscle mass and achieve greater speed and endurance, which has seen him become one of the best strikers in Europe.