Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has suggested that Romelu Lukaku did not do himself justice with Manchester United after his quick start to life back in the Premier League.
The Belgian forward completed a sensational return to England earlier this summer as the Blues secured a club-record deal for his signature from Inter Milan.
He has already got off to the perfect start with his new employers, having netted on his debut against Arsenal last weekend.
Lukaku’s goal took his overall Premier League record to a highly impressive 114 goals in just 254 outings in the competition across spells with the Blues, West Bromwich Albion, Everton and United.
He improved on those numbers even more with Inter Milan, following a somewhat inconsistent spell at Old Trafford by plundering 64 goals in just 95 appearances in all competitions, statistics that convinced Chelsea to bring him back to the club this summer.
Hasselbaink has suggested that his spell in Serie A saw Lukaku live up to his potential and reputation – something that he wasn’t quite able to do with Manchester United.
Talking ahead of Chelsea vs Liverpool on Sky Sports, the Dutchman said: “I’ve always liked him [Lukaku] as a striker because he scores goals.
“He’s improved himself significantly. I don’t think he did himself justice or emphasised himself well enough at Manchester United.
“He went to Inter and he showed a totally different Lukaku. He’s worked on his physical game and looks a million dollars now.
“He was superb against Arsenal but there’s still things he wants to improve and he should improve. But he wants to do that and that’s the biggest thing about it.”
With the international break now looming, Lukaku will turn his attentions to extending his lead at the top of Belgium’s all-time leading goalscorers list.
He has so far netted 64 times in 98 outings for his country throughout his career.
Source by Football London