There is a reason why players like John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba are rightly considered Chelsea legends, and it’s not solely because of their performances on the pitch. During their time at the club, these players have always expressed their love for the club and their absolute desire to succeed and prosper at Chelsea. That kind of dedication means everything to the fans, and it often shows on the pitch. Players who are desperate to succeed become players that do succeed. That drive and determination turns players into winners, and it very much looks like in Romelu Lukaku, we have just that kind of player.
Lukaku posted a picture of himself relaxing in front of the television ahead of his return to training, but it is the caption that he attached to the photo that has caught my attention. He said: “My last night of being lazy like this…From 2morrow on my pre-season upcoming season will start. I will train every single part of my body to be twice as good as last year. Stronger, faster, bring more quality into my game just to be as deadly as the great masters of the game. It will be hard but when you work hard you play hard. Season 13-14 is the season when I stop playing like a boy and will play as a MAN!! #ambition”
This is the kind of thing every fan loves to hear – a player who doesn’t just want to succeed, but wants to succeed at Chelsea. Lukaku scored 17 goals for West Brom last season, and many young players may see that as a successful season, but for Lukaku it’s not enough – he needs to be playing at Stamford Bridge. It’s refreshing to see a player who hasn’t forgotten that he is a fan first and foremost, and it’s an attitude and willingness to improve that we could do with more of.
As we’ve mentioned her recently, this season does provide Lukaku with a huge opportunity. Mourinho chooses players on merit alone, and Lukaku could make a very strong case for himself being a one of our better striking options. One thing is for sure – he will be afforded opportunities this season. It is up to him to make the most of them, but if his attitude is anything to go by, that isn’t going to be a problem. Lukaku has everything needed to be a future club captain, and we can’t wait to see him given his opportunity.
Tell us, do you think Lukaku should be given the chance to prove he can lead the line for Chelsea?