Sky Sports pundits Graeme Souness and Sol Campbell have agreed on the fact that there have been no negatives to Chelsea signing Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian striker became the Blues’ record signing earlier this summer, the west Londoners agreeing a club record deal with Inter Milan for his services for a fee of £97m.
It goes without saying that his signature is certainly a costly one for any club, with the club’s outlay becoming the second most expensive in Premier League history following Manchester City’s £100m acquisition of Jack Grealish.
As a result, there is certainly considerable expectation on the shoulders of the 28-year-old but both Campbell and Souness envisage the Belgian being an instant success.
Speaking on Sky Sports, the latter said: “When you sign a player, you try to look for the question marks in the deal, but with him there isn’t any.
“He’s got no list of previous injuries, he’s a goal getter wherever he has been, he has scored goals wherever he has played, he has played in the Premier League, there is no surprise he has come back here to play his football and I think it is a great signing.
“Yes he was expensive but that is the going rate for the top players. I come back to say it, he is a centre-forward you would not want to play against as a defender.”
Meanwhile, former Arsenal and Tottenham defender Campbell has agreed with that opinion and even suggested that Lukaku is an even better player than during his Everton or Manchester United days.
He said: “He’s operating on a different level now. I think going to Italy was perfect for him and Conte got the best out of him.
“He learnt a lot tactically, his awareness, he is fantastic. Watching him at the Euro’s he has become a lot better, his assists have gone up, it’s incredible.
“I think Chelsea have got themselves a fantastic player, at the right time, the right moment. He has matured and that is key now, he will score goals wherever he is, he is a wonderful centre forward.”
Lukaku certainly got his second stint for the club off to the best possible start as he scored against Arsenal just 15 minutes into his debut.
Source by Football London