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Not at all nervous about his signing - looking forward to him banging them in. Dont bother about united fans i would say. Even if he is a fat track bully - that should get us 6 points against west brom for starters :). We needed him - and finally he his stage to be the lead act - got overshadowed at United by Poogboom in Belgium by KDB and the "our very own little genious" in Hazard. 

Welcome Lukaku - used to hate seeing you in a United shirt.. now you are home! Cant wait to see you bang them in.

A word for Marina - amazing work. Sad part is most people when they look at the picture of her presenting the shirt to Lukaku are not commenting on how much work would have gone through behind the scene to pull this thru - but are making comments on her appearance. 

Thankyou Marina for the amazing work you and your team have been doing over the past 2-3 years.

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18 hours ago, Deino said:

The Lukaku at Utd never used his physicality properly. The Lukaku at Inter bossed the defence but ultimately it was the Serie A where Ibrahimovic is still a top scorer.

I think it's ok to downplay expectations this early on after our string of expensive striker not living up to expectations. I sincerely hope Lukaku has finally matured into a striker that can use everything he has

The lukaku at united hasn't got the service he should get with lingard as 10 , martial/rashford as inside forward, even then he still end up as their top scorer with 26 goals all comp, something no united players has ever reach again till today

i don't think people should doubt a striker who is being rated by Mourinho, Conte and Tuchel all together

 

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This is 100% Tuchel signing, by signing 28 years old player, it is a clear intent by Chelsea board to support Tuchel. 

This should change our expectations from top 4 to title contention. With united and us spending big to bridge the gap to city m pool, next season is going to be fun

 

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1 hour ago, Jangz said:

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A word for Marina - amazing work. Sad part is most people when they look at the picture of her presenting the shirt to Lukaku are not commenting on how much work would have gone through behind the scene to pull this thru - but are making comments on her appearance. 

Thankyou Marina for the amazing work you and your team have been doing over the past 2-3 years.

I agree with that. Look at words she says when commenting on Lukaku. It is the right choice of words. 
it’s corporate bs but there is skill in expressing things just so  

“Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘Romelu Lukaku is quite simply one of the world’s best strikers and goalscorers. We are absolutely delighted to be bringing him back to the club he loves, and are excited to be adding his talent to our Champions League-winning squad.”

my feeling is it’s taken her a while to get the hang of the job but now she;s putting in a good shift. 
 

from Wikipedia  

“She is responsible for brokering the team's sponsorship deal with Nike, that will fund £60m per year to the club until 2032.[4] She is described as 'The Iron Lady' and she is considered one of the best club directors in world football.[5] In 2018, Forbes ranked her Number 5 in their "Most Powerful Women in International Sports" list.”

Werner and havertz still have a lot to prove but I like the team when they play. 

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13 minutes ago, Bob stark said:

This is 100% Tuchel signing, by signing 28 years old player, it is a clear intent by Chelsea board to support Tuchel. 

This should change our expectations from top 4 to title contention. With united and us spending big to bridge the gap to city m pool, next season is going to be fun

 

It is the hope. Kounde would help with that too.

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8 hours ago, petre ispirescu said:

Welcome back big man!

You would think he is a League Two player judging by the United fans' comments for the past week. Them ignorant fools are simply obsessed with Lukaku, don't think I've seen a fanbase hate a player that much for a long time. Laughable that they compare Lukaku in THAT United setup with the current Lukaku. Not only phisically he is a beast now, as fit as he's ever bee, but that United team he's played in was a f**king mess, put prime Messi in there and he'd look like a poor man's El Neny lol. To say he is going to be useless in an already gelled Chelsea team lead by one of world's best managers just because he was poor in a trainwreck of a United team is simply laughable and those fans need a brain check.

Hope he proves them wrong and leads us to a league title.

exactly this, and it's not like united is getting better without lukaku, they finished the league last season with just 73 points, 8 points less compared to when lukaku was there, not to mention being trophyless

 

 

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2 hours ago, Bob stark said:

This is 100% Tuchel signing, by signing 28 years old player, it is a clear intent by Chelsea board to support Tuchel. 

This should change our expectations from top 4 to title contention. With united and us spending big to bridge the gap to city m pool, next season is going to be fun

 

This is key for me. I am not convinced it is the right signing BUT after what happened with Conte it’s great to see a manager properly backed

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Some interesting facts for those that like stats.

2nd highest overperforming xg since 2017.

70% of goals are either opening goals, equalizers, or to reduce deficit. 

56% are with his left foot, 44% with head and right.

last season, he had the 6th highest xa in Europe, higher than Kane.

Shot conversion rate is the 4th highest in europe since 2019.

In terms of chances, Lukaku had a conversion rate of 52%, more than double werners 25%, and is 7th best in Europe.

 

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Welcome back big man! Can't say I am entirely confident it will work out but he looks fitter than he did at Utd and as long as we don't get on his back if he goes through a tough period it might just be a success. 

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Definitely wouldn't have signed him if it was up to me, never go back to your ex and all that, huge money signing comes with added pressure, Im sure many of us will turn on him after 2-3 bad games ... but it's official, so welcome Romelu, now lets go win that Premier League 😄 

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8 minutes ago, mourad91 said:

Definitely wouldn't have signed him if it was up to me, never go back to your ex and all that, huge money signing comes with added pressure, Im sure many of us will turn on him after 2-3 bad games ... but it's official, so welcome Romelu, now lets go win that Premier League 😄 

He was more of a fling than an ex to be fair with the short amount of game time he had, I don't think he'll be a problem at all. What I'm hoping is he'll be the difference overall from us dropping points to the clubs below us as well as getting wins over the bloody Gooners.

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Only one player from the 2011/2012 squad is still here today: Romelu Lukaku 😎

There's a sentimentality about this signing. Truly a feeling of unfinished business.

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https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2021/08/16/romelu-lukaku-exclusive-first-interview-on-coming-back-as-a-lead

 

 

Romelu, you’re back! Have things changed much here in the seven years since you departed?

‘The building has got bigger but it’s always looked this good! I’m very happy to be back. It’s good to be around the people and see a lot of familiar faces so I’m looking forward to getting to work with the team.

‘I’ve seen Hakim Ziyech so we had a little chat and I’ve been added to the WhatsApp group but I’m waiting to see the rest of the players tomorrow.'

You’ve been self-isolating over the weekend so what did you make of Saturday’s win against Crystal Palace?

‘It was a good win and the manner in which we won with a dominant 3-0 scoreline and creating a lot of chances. We also pressed and recovered the ball high. We didn’t really get into any problems so it was good.

‘Hopefully we can keep that level of performance up. We’re going to have to because the Premier League is very difficult but I’m looking forward to this challenge.’

It’s almost 10 years to the day since you first arrived at Cobham as an 18-year-old from Anderlecht. What are the main differences between Lukaku the player then and now?

‘I just feel more complete. I’ve tried to master all the facets that a striker needs and I just want to keep improving on the small details all the time and keep improving on my strengths as well.

‘I just want to try to help the team win and be available for the manager as well as for my team-mates. I want to make sure that they feel comfortable and they can lean on me in whatever situation we’re in.’

 
Lukaku back in the building at Cobham!

You’re also a completely different personality, a recent Serie A winner and coming into a slightly younger dressing room than before…

‘I’m a leader but I’m also more of a gel person, making sure that everybody feels comfortable and confident. That’s the way I lead. When I was at Inter and when I’ve been captain of the national team, I make sure that everybody is confident and knows what they have to do.

‘When there’s a difficult moment in the game, they can lean on me and I’ll always be encouraging my team-mates, never being down on them or barking at them. I try to stay positive and make sure that we win the game because that’s always the most important thing.’

Have you managed to speak much to the boss Thomas Tuchel about how he sees your role in the team?

'Yes, of course! The conversation was really clear from him, that he wants me to be a presence and a leader in the team. I have to just use all my abilities to make sure I can help the team as much as possible.

‘My role will depend on what the game plan is and what the boss wants me to do. If he wants me to be a focal point or if he wants me to attack the spaces in behind, I can do it. The two years in Italy helped me master all the facets of the game for a striker and now I’m ready.

‘I like the system that we play and I’m very flexible. I can play as a two or by myself and I’m used to the system because it’s what we play with the Belgian national team so I don’t need much time to adapt. It’s just knowing the strengths of my team-mates in important positions and knowing what we do off the ball, then I can do the rest.’

You scored 30 goals for Inter last season as the Nerazzurri won the Scudetto for the first time in 11 years but prior to that you played for eight seasons in the Premier League. What are the main difference you found between the leagues?

‘Italy is tactically and technically a better league but here in England, it’s all about the intensity. That’s what makes the difference but it’s no problem for me because I’ve been here for eight years and I know what it’s all about.

‘It’s not like I’m a new player coming in and not quite knowing what to expect. I know the league, I’ve scored a fair amount of goals here but the past is the past and now we have to look forward.

‘I’m a new version of that player from before. I’ve evolved and the team that I’m joining is a very strong team so now we just have to prove it on the pitch by challenging for the Premier League.’

Do you feel like you have unfinished business here in England and at Chelsea?

‘I don’t really talk about my personal ambitions but they lean with the club’s ambitions. That’s why I came back. Chelsea wants to keep winning, keep growing as a club and really dominate in England and Europe. That’s something that I wanted and I’m here now so it’s up to me to help the team achieve its potential.’

We’ve seen on social media how close you are to Blues legend Didier Drogba. Have you been in close contact in recent weeks then?

‘Our relationship means the world to me. It’s not like we talk once a month, I talk to the guy every few days! We have a group chat so we’re constantly communicating and I’ve been on the phone with him a bit more in the past two weeks.

‘I had a lot of questions to ask and he still knows a lot of people here so he really prepared me well with the last details. Now I just need to get to know the players and the manager a bit better and just be available as quickly as possible for the team.’

So now you’re in the building, what are the plans for the next few days?

‘I’m ready so it’s just about getting into the team and trying to prove myself to the coaches that if I’m needed, I can play. We all have to compete throughout the week to earn our starting spot.

‘For me it’s going to be a new fight but we’re all fighting for one cause – to make sure that Chelsea win! I’ll make sure that in training I give 100 per cent every day and make sure that I’m ready for each game.

‘I’m happy the first one is a big game away at Arsenal so hopefully we can prepare ourselves well and get a good result.’

 
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Looks fit and ready to go as far as I can tell. Think he'll start v Arsenal and I can't wait to see it.

Perfect player for us at the perfect time as far as i'm concerned. He flourished when he had to shoulder the responsebility of goals at Inter and he'll be in a very similar situation here with a lot of very talented youngsters around him. 

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