Romelu Lukaku can’t wait to get his first full start for Chelsea, with the opportunity looking likely to arise for the youngster when the Blues take on Fulham in a Carling Cup match-up tomorrow night.
Lukaku signed for Chelsea over a host of European clubs for a fee believed to be around £13 million plus add-ons. And while he has come off the bench in matches against Norwich and Manchester United, Lukaku is yet to receive a start.
But the Belgium international now looks like he’ll be given the opportunity to shine over 90 minutes against the Cottagers, and is relishing the thought of stepping up alongside Chelsea’s best.
“It's an opportunity that allows us young players or players that are working hard but not playing at the moment to show to the manager that he can count on us to be an additional plus to the squad, and I hope tomorrow that I will get my chance,” Lukaku said.
“I have thought about goals obviously, but I don't put any pressure on myself, I just want to keep working hard and doing my tasks as a striker, and the goals will come after that.
“I am working hard in training and feeling much better week after week, which is important, and I feel like I have already made progression since I came here and am getting along with the English lads, the French-speaking guys and the Spanish guys.
“It's important to me because these guys are very experienced and if you get along you can only improve.”
Lukaku says he’s still getting used to the culture shock of moving to a club where winning is so important, on both an English level and throughout Europe.
“I don't remember the competition in Belgium, but here all the Cups are very important to every club, and so it is important to me too, at Chelsea we have to do everything in our capacity to win everything, so the Carling Cup in our eyes is very important,” he said.
“It's a good thing to win something and if you see our squad we have the squad to do it. We will only improve from here and the manager is keeping us sharp every day. I think the competition between players is growing and so is the quality.
“Now I am used to it. In the beginning I saw everything as a fan but now I realise I am a Chelsea player and have to behave in the right way. I am still living the dream but I have to focus on the football.”