Chelsea’s decision to re-sign Romelu Lukaku was one that ‘not everyone at the club was happy with’, says transfer insider DeanJones.
The £325,000-a-week striker made a sensational return to Stamford Bridge for £97.5m last summer, but his second spell in west London proved extremely forgetful.
How did Lukaku fare for Chelsea?
When Lukaku became the second most expensive incoming player in Premier League history, many believed he could prove the missing piece of Thomas Tuchel’s puzzle.
Chelsea had just won the Champions League, while Lukaku was on the back of a stellar campaign with Inter Milan, so expectations were understandably high.
Lukaku lived up to the hype at the start of the season by scoring three times in his first two Premier League appearances, but his goal against Arsenal and his brace against Aston Villa would be the highlight of his season.
Overall, he would start just 16 top-flight games and scored just eight times in total, with his all-competitions record a disappointing 15 goals in 44 outings.
Lukaku ended up finding the net just three more times than Reece James and just two more than midfielder Jorginho, underlining his struggles on his return to English football.
As a result, Lukaku’s brief return to Chelsea came to an end when he returned to Inter on loan earlier this month.
What did Jones say about Lukaku?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Not everyone at the club was happy with the decision to bring Lukaku back, and at the end of the day Roman Abramovich wanted him, Marina Granovskaia helped him do it and it happened. It could have worked brilliantly, but it didn’t.
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Was it a mistake?
In the end, Chelsea’s decision to bring Lukaku back to the club proved disastrous.
For someone who cost nearly £100million, the Blues would have expected him to be near the top of the goalscoring charts and leading a title charge, without fighting for his place. on the team.
That said, at the time of the transfer, few people questioned the deal. He had just enjoyed the best two seasons of his career, scoring 64 goals under Antonio Conte and propelling Inter to the Serie A title.
Confidence was high, Lukaku was in career shape and everything seemed in place for the dream comeback to unfold.
In the end, it turned out to be anything but a dream for the 29-year-old, which makes his return to San Siro probably the best result for all parties.
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