Chelsea man’s career ‘could’ve been so much more’ as pundit questions summer exit destination

Ciaran McCarthy
Romelu Lukaku, Roma, September 2023
Romelu Lukaku has rediscovered his shooting boots at Roma.

Alejandro Moreno feels the career of Romelu Lukaku “could’ve been so much more” and he “hasn’t landed in the best spot” after his summer exit from Chelsea.

Lukaku might well have been a top player had he built upon the form of his first few seasons in the Premier League. His three best seasons in the English top-flight saw him score 25, 18 and 17 goals.

After Chelsea shipped him out to Everton, he impressed enough to make a move to Manchester United. While that wasn’t a roaring success, he managed to get himself a move to Inter Milan, where he was a great asset.

In two seasons in Milan, the Belgian bagged 64 goals in all competitions, and Chelsea then snapped him up again, in a move nearing £100million.

Things went pair shaped at Stamford Bridge, as Lukaku scored just eight league goals, and made it clear he wanted to move back to Inter.

Injury troubles hindered him last season – as he went back on loan – but he still managed to bag 10 goals in 25 Serie A games. He’s spending this season with Roma, after Jose Mourinho fought to get him there on loan.

Moreno doesn’t feel that move is a great one for the striker, who he suggests has had a much worse career than he should have done.

“It just feels like his career could’ve been so much more and we just find now reasons to talk about him because of failures, not because of achievements,” Moreno told ESPN FC.

“And whether he is the biggest loser in the transfer window or not, I don’t know, but what we do know is that he hasn’t landed in the best spot and again, this doesn’t make us think of him as trending in the right direction.”

It would certainly have been expected that Lukaku would have made more of his time back at Chelsea after they shelled such a big sum to get him back there.

But two years after that move happened, he’s not had the best time of it. Maybe Roma will be a nurturing environment in which he can hit the ground running once again, but as Moreno suggests, he maybe should already be in a much better place in his career.

Internationally, he’s shown he’s capable, with 75 Belgium goals in 109 games, but despite playing for some big names in club football, he’s struggled with more of them than he’s succeeded with.

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