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In August 2011 Lukaku joined English club Chelsea, for a fee reported to be around £10 million, rising to £18 million in add-ons. Lukaku was given the number 18 shirt and signed a five-year contract. He made his home debut in a 31 victory over Norwich City in the 83rd minute, coming on as a substitute for Fernando Torres.

Lukaku made his first start for the club in the League Cup against Fulham. Chelsea went on to win the match on penalties. Lukaku spent the majority of the season playing for the reserves. On 13 May 2012, he started his first league match against Blackburn Rovers and turned in a man of the match performance providing an assist for John Terry's opener. However, Lukaku stressed that he was disappointed with his involvement at the end of his debut season, revealing that, after his side's UEFA Champions League win on 19 May, he refused to hold the trophy as he didn't feel like a winner.

After speculation linking Lukaku to a loan move to Fulham, on 10 August 2012 he joined West Bromwich Albion on a season long loan deal. He scored his first league goal eight days later, coming on as a substitute on the 77th minute in a 30 win against Liverpool. He made his full debut in a win against Reading at The Hawthorns, scoring the game's only goal.

On 24 November, Lukaku came on as a 70th minute substitute for Shane Long and netted a penalty and provided an assist to Marc-Antoine Fortune, as West Brom defeated Sunderland 4-2.

The win proved to be West Brom's fourth consecutive win in the top flight for the first time since 1980. On 12 January 2013, Lukaku had his first multi-goal game in the Premier League, giving West Brom a 2-0 lead against Reading, before a late come back gave the Berkshire club a 3-2 victory.

After controversially claiming that he did not want to go back to his parent club and that he wished to stay at West Brom for another year, Lukaku told the press that he still wished to become a legend at Stamford Bridge. On 11 February, Lukaku came on off the bench and scored his 10th Premier league goal of the season against Liverpool in a match that ended 2-0. He scored his second brace of the campaign, scoring both goals for West Brom in their 2-1 defeat of Sunderland on 23 February. On 9 March, in a league match against Swansea City, Lukaku scored the equalising goal, before having a penalty kick saved; West Brom eventually won the game courtesy of a Jonathan de Guzmán own goal. On 19 May, coming on as a second half substitute Lukaku scored an incredible second-half perfect hat-trick, as West Brom came from three goals down to draw 5-5 in the season's final home game against Manchester United. The game was Sir Alex Ferguson's 1500 and last match in charge of United and the highest scoring draw in the history of the Premier League. Despite being loaned out by the club, Lukaku outscored his Chelsea teammates in the Premier League that season, being the sixth-highest goal scorer of 201213 with 17 goals.

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Since there is no new post for 3 days, i will try to make this thread liver.

What do you expect? How many games do you think Lukaku will play? Is it fair to expect many goals from him??

Personally, i think that we shouldnt be expecting many goals, he is 18, it's his first transfer in other country. We have Drogba who will help him which is a big plus.

What are your thoughts on this?

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Romelu Lukaku has completed his transfer from Anderlecht and will be available for selection for Saturday's game.

The new striker will wear the number 18 shirt and has given an exclusive first interview to the official Chelsea website.

The 18-year-old striker has already scored twice in 10 appearances for the senior Belgium team, and was on international duty this week he played 60 minutes in their goalless away draw with Slovenia.

Since making his club debut when just 16, Lukaku, the son of a former Zaire international, Roger, has averaged nearly a goal every two games and scored 16 times in 37 league games last season.

A Chelsea supporter, he also visited Stamford Bridge on a school trip two years ago, and explains just how excited he is to pull on the blue shirt.

How does it feel to be sat here as a Chelsea player?

Amazing. It's a dream come true. I dreamed to play here since I was 10 years old, thinking about shaking hands with all those players like John Terry and Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, it's amazing to arrive here in a big club with big ambition. It was just what I was searching for.

What made you interested in Chelsea to begin with?

I watched the Premier League since I was nine. Every weekend I watched the games, I used to watch Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scoring goals and remember one against Manchester United, the volley at Old Trafford, and I decided I wanted to support this team.

You've been compared to Didier Drogba a lot, what do you make of that?

It's nice, I like it a lot. We have similar playing styles, but I am also very fast. I want to learn off him how it is to play here at the Bridge and how to prepare for games. I can also learn off the other strikers and experienced players in the squad. I think if you are clever on and off the pitch you will get accepted and that's what I want.

What are your other strengths, and weaknesses?

I am quite a clinical finisher, with my right or my left foot, but I try to improve myself every day and like to do individual training after sessions to improve myself continuously. It's very important for a young guy to improve in training and to show the coach that if he needs him he is ready. I can improve everything, technique, speed, faster, my finishing can be better. I just want to help the team to win games and first of all for me as a young players I need to learn from the other guys.

You already have good experience for an 18-year-old...

Yes, it was a good experience to play in Belgium but I wanted to take a big step to join a big club and I said from day one that I wanted to go to Chelsea. To be here now is so good, there are guys with a lot of experience at international level and they won everything, but I didn't, I don't have the same feeling as them. I just want to win something so I am very hungry to start with these guys.

We didn't win anything last season, so this year there is pressure on the club to lift a trophy...

I understand there is a lot of pressure on the team but with the players that we have, so much experience and so much talent, and with a great boss also, you can see that we can be confident we can make a successful season.

You've been to Stamford Bridge before...

We were with school and we had three days off in London to visit a lot of museums. I didn't know we were visiting the Bridge so I was quite shocked. I was 16, and already playing with Anderlecht. It was just after the season finished and I bought a shirt with my name on. I wanted to feel like a normal kid and to show the kids in my class they could accept me, that I was just a normal human being. That's why I finished school also and I am very happy about that.

And you had more exams recently?

Yes, I had my Baccalaureate. I did public relations and it was very difficult. I had 12 exams and it was also the play-offs in the Belgian league at the same time, with my exams in the middle but I made it and I am very happy about it.

You're one of a number of exciting young Belgian talents. We signed another in Thibaut Courtois recently, how much do you know about him?

I know Thibaut, he is a very good friend of mine and we played against each other since we were 13 years old when he was at Genk and I was in Anderlecht. I remember one game we played we won 4-0 and I scored four times. Sometimes we still laugh about that, but I am happy we are in the same team because he is a very good goalkeeper who is very calm and I hope he will get a good season on loan in Atletico.

What will be your targets for yourself in the coming season?

First of all I just want to learn and train as much as possible to improve myself and show the coach that when he needs me I am ready. Then I hope to make minutes for the team and be helpful for the team, because the team is the most important thing. If you think positively about the team it will be positive for you


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Why is everything done a shambles at this club? Complete disorder. This kid might play even before being presented.

Nothing like other big clubs do. ala Barca, Real or even Man U.

Can you imagine a new signing being presented to over 30,000 fans? I think it brings that emotion and attachement to the club. It makes a player feel wanted by the club and the fans.


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So if we play 4-3-3 he could be in theory 4th choice CF after Torres, Drogba, Anleka....

His father said that the club told him that his son will be 3rd in the pecking order after Torres and Drogba. Anelka is no more considered as a CF, but a DM(lol). Now if Drogba signs the contract extention, in 2 yrs time Lukaku will be 2nd choice CF. not bad considering he's only 18.

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The guy is like 3 metres tall and weighs 269 kilos... yes, I can see him being our quick and tricky winger :halo: Some people have suggested Drogba on the wing too, I can imagine now Drogba - Torres - Lukaku, that will have Europe shaking

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