Romelu Lukaku joined Chelsea in the summer of 2011 for a reported fee of £20 million. To pay that kind of cash for an 18-year-old means that he must have immeasurable talent.
He has just finished pre-season with the Blues and netted an impressive tally of four goals in three games and even more impressive is that he scored in every game he played.
This gives new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho a pleasant problem. Should he break the bank to sign Wayne Rooney, or should he put faith in the current crop of strikers that he has at his disposal?
The latter is the better option; Lukaku's goalscoring record was amongst the best when he was on-loan with West Brom last season, netting 17 goals in just 20 starts. What has to be looked at as well is Lukaku's consistency.
Lukaku hits an impressive 66% of his shots on target and also wins half of his aerial duels, while still being able to link play in attack. He's a towering figure making him imposing to opposition defenders while also averaging one key pass every game.
He would give Chelsea now a couple of dimensions in attack. Lukaku will be able to run on to the passes of Juan Mata and Eden Hazard with his incredible pace while also being able to hold up the ball and lay it off to his onrushing teammates.
Being such a strong aerial threat, crosses will be going into the box regularly if Chelsea are struggling to break a team down. Lukaku can offer everything Fernando Torres and Demba Ba can offer - and more - and if given the chance at Chelsea there is no doubt that he will shine.
Tactically, Lukaku is also a perfect fit for the way Mourinho likes to play. While Mourinho was at Real Madrid he turned them into one of the most capable counter-attacking sides in world football. Lukaku is perfect for such a role in the attack as he proved against Liverpool while at West Brom.
Having the flexibility as a striker Mourinho will want to hone Lukaku's abilities and make him a star in a fantastic Chelsea team. Whether Lukaku will lead the line for the Blues' title charge remains to be seen, but so far he is the perfect candidate for such a role and as such Mourinho must get the best out of the young Belgian.
As the World Cup is just around the corner, Lukaku will not need motivating. But if he is to improve that 17-goal tally from last season, he must play regularly in what is a very promising Chelsea team.
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