Why Lukaku did not make the Grade at Chelsea - Ashley Cole


The Belgian striker has come a long way since his days at Chelsea.

The burly striker is now starring for Belgium in the ongoing Euros tournament with 3 goals in a handful appearances.

In a recent interview with ICT sport, former team mate Ashley Cole has praised Lukaku's development since leaving Chelsea 10 years ago.

He further teased the striker's first touch while at Chelsea and said no one respected him initially.

Romelu Lukaku joined Chelsea from Anderlecht as a 17 year old. His stay was characterized by loan spells first to West Brom and then Everton where he signed permanently.

3 more prolific seasons saw him sign for Manchester United and later starred for Inter Milan scoring 24 goals and 11 assists that saw him win Serie A footballer of the season award.

Asked why things did not work for Lukaku at Chelsea, Ashley Cole stated that he joined as 17 year old kid who faced a lot of criticism over his first touch.

"He was a raw talent, his game understanding was not great, and then I think no one kind respected him at Chelsea - in terms of fans. He had Didier Drogba ahead of him.

"And then I think the two loans really gave him that self belief that he was good enough, and now his performances have been second to none, he has been a quality."

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