Romelu Lukaku is on the verge of transferring to Chelsea in a high-profile switch from Inter Milan that would be worth around £98million.
The Belgian international has transformed his game since his early days at Stamford Bridge as a youngster, after initially joining the Blues in 2011 from Anderlecht for a fee in the region of around £20m.
As an 18 year-old at the time, Lukaku arrived with quite a well-rounded game but with a desire to refine his skill set in the Premier League, which he did on loan at the likes of West Brom and Everton.
A decade has since passed with the 28 year-old experiencing arguably his best campaign last year, scoring 24 goals and registering 11 assists in Serie A as Inter won the title under ex-Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte.
Lukaku is now more complete than ever, and one of the way in which he’s achieved that is by expanding his ways of finding the back of the net.
His two-footedness is a quality which seems to drift under the radar; Lukaku prefers his left foot, but he uses it just 66% of the time, with that percentage determined by passes made using each foot.
Erling Haaland – for perspective – is 77% left-footed and Harry Kane is 86% right-footed.
Lukaku’s ability to score a variety of different goals further captures his completeness, with 128 league goals bagged since 2014, 73 of which have been scored with his preferred foot.
Lukaku scored 32 using his right foot – equating to 25% of his total – while also bagging 21 using his head, with the 6ft 3ins striker benefiting from his physicality and heading ability in the penalty box.
The Belgian isn’t limited by one favoured form of attack; he’s adaptable and able to threaten in behind, in the air, from the right and from the left, making him one of the deadliest marksmen around.
With Thomas Tuchel possessing a wealth of offensive options within his squad, he will be able to make use of Lukaku’s varied game by feeding him using multiple attacking channels.
A deal hasn’t yet been struck, but Chelsea seem to think that his completeness is worth every penny.
Source by Football London