Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku hit the jackpot with national side Belgium on Sunday night as the serial goalscorer registered his 67th goal on the night he won his 100th cap for Belgium.
Lukaku, 28, is now the record national goalscorer for his country after a productive night Brussels saw the Red Devils’ talisman score one and assist one for teammate Alexis Saelemaekers.
The ex-Manchester United man has already scored a combined four goals for club and country in four games at the start of the new 2021/22 campaign.
One of a few negatives to come from the night from his own perspective is that he will not be able to add to his international goal tally during this international break as he suffered a suspension for the upcoming Russia game this week.
This came as a result of a bad foul committed by the striker in the 76th minute, with Lukaku himself being replaced a few minutes later by with fellow Chelsea player Michy Batshuayi, who is on loan at Turkish side Besiktas this season.
After his goal in the eighth minute, Lukaku celebrated the historic moment in a euphoric manner, doing the ‘bow and arrow’ type of celebration – hinting at the accuracy in which he has improved over the years to reach this incredible moment.
A further negative to come out of this game from a Blues perspective is that their club-record £97.5million signing hinted at having a minor injury that could rule him out for Aston Villa if the recovery isn’t fast enough.
Lukaku told a Belgian TV channel post-match: “I’ll have a scan of my thigh first – I am struggling with a minor issue for a while. And then I will return to Chelsea.”
This is far from ideal for club manager Thomas Tuchel, who will be heavily reliant on the 28-year-old’s goal prowess throughout the season to spearhead a potential title charge in the Premier League.
Tuchel will certainly hope his new No. 9 will be fit for the weekend’s fixture against Aston Villa. That game that could also be counted as a landmark, considering that this will potentially be the first time Lukaku plays in front of a home Stamford Bridge crowd since his first brief spell there back in 2011.
Alternatively, the recent form of Chelsea forward Timo Werner on the international break demonstrates that maybe fans don’t need to be as worried as initially thought if Lukaku was to miss some time out this season.
The west London clubs’ No. 11 has so far scored two goals over the international period for Hansi Flick’s revitalised Germany outfit- one in the 2-0 win over Liechtenstein and one in Sunday’s 6-0 thumping of Armenia.
Source by Football London