How has Lukaku fared for Chelsea?
Chelsea had just won the Champions League, while Lukaku was on the back of an exceptional campaign with Inter Milan, so expectations were understandably high.
Lukaku lived up to the early-season hype by scoring three times in his first two appearances back in the Premier League, but his goal against Arsenal and brace against Aston Villa would be the high point of his season.
Overall, he would start just 16 top-flight games and scored only eight times in total, with his record in all competitions an underwhelming 15 goals in 44 outings.
Lukaku ended up finding the net just three more times than Reece James and only two more than midfielder Jorginho, highlighting his struggles upon his return to English football.
As a result, Lukaku’s brief spell back at Chelsea came to an end when he returned to Inter on a loan deal earlier this month.
What did Jones say about Lukaku?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Not everybody 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 out brilliantly, but it didn’t.”
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Was it a mistake?
Ultimately, Chelsea’s decision to bring Lukaku back to the club has proved a disastrous one.
For someone who cost almost £100m, the Blues would have been expecting him to be close to the top of the goalscoring charts and spearheading a title charge, not fighting for his place in the team.
Having said that, at the time of the transfer, not many were questioning the deal. He had just enjoyed the best two seasons of his career, scoring 64 goals under Antonio Conte and fired Inter to the Serie A title.
Confidence was high, Lukaku was in the form of his career, and everything looked in place for the dream homecoming to unfold.
Eventually, it proved anything but a dream for the 29-year-old, which makes his return to San Siro probably the best outcome for all parties.