When Romelu Lukaku finally put pen-to-paper at Stamford Bridge, the then-18-year-old spoke openly about his love affair with the Blues in his first press conference.
"I dreamed to play here since I was 10 years old," he stated. "It was just what I was searching for.
"I used to watch Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scoring goals and remember one against Manchester United, the volley at Old Trafford, and I decided I wanted to support this team".
After the Belgian's high profile switch, he found it challenging breaking into the first team - as would any 18-year-old - Andre Villas-Boas was walking the managerial tightrope, and therefore had no room to give out appearances to inexperienced youngsters.
However, a more than productive loan spell with West Bromwich Albion made up for lost time on the forward's part.
He worked alongside former Chelsea player and coach, Steve Clarke, who spoke glowingly of him. Lukaku managed to bag a staggering 17 goals in the Premier League during the 2012/13 season, most memorably snatching a hat-trick in Sir Alex's final game in football, to pull his side back to 5-5.
On his day there are not many defences to stop his powerful presence; his aerial ability is reminiscent of Blues legend, Didier Drogba, also an idol of Lukaku's. He also possesses a rocketing left foot, making him a clinical marksman.
Jose Mourinho has observed Lukaku's progress and growth closely, consequently putting his faith into the No. 18 if the club can't manage to pull off a deal for want-away Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney.
It seems regardless if Chelsea do sign a striker before the transfer window slams shut in terms of Lukaku's progress, the former Anderlecht man seems destined to fulfil his potential under Mourinho in the era of bringing up a new young squad at Stamford Bridge.
If Chelsea are going to rely on Lukaku, the management team will be hoping he can work on his ball retention and passing ability, as this may be a key factor as to whether or not Mourinho can bring the Barcelona-esque football to west London, something which is reportedly being demanded by Chelsea's billionaire owner, Roman Abramovich.
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