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Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku breaks a record

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Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku had an outstanding outing last night. He scored 4 goals as Belgium beat Azerbaijan 5-0 in the Euro 2024 Qualifiers.

With these 4 goals, the AS Roma striker took his tally to 14 goals in the Euro 2024 Qualifiers. He broke the record for most goals in a Euro qualifying campaign. He surpassed David Healy and Robert Lewandowski, who both scored 13 goals in the qualifying campaigns for Euro 2008 and Euro 2016 respectively.

Lukaku’s record so far

Lukaku’s career so far has been full of ups and downs. His good performances for West Brom and Everton earned him a big money move to Manchester United. His numbers were decent for United but didn’t justify his price tag and expectations from him. Romelu Lukaku was eventually sold to Inter Milan in another big money move. At the San Siro, he probably played the best football of his career, leading them their first Scudetto after many years.

A £97.5 million move to Chelsea followed, but he could never replicate his performances at the Stamford Bridge. He was sent on loan to Inter Milan last season, and this season he has been loaned out to AS Roma. This season, he has 9 goals in 14 appearances, a good return.

He has been outstanding for Belgium throughout his career though, scoring 83 times in 113 matches.

Should Chelsea keep hold of Romelu Lukaku after his recent exploits?

Yesterday’s game proved that Lukaku is a goalscorer, even if it was against Azerbaijan, who are not the best national team.

Chelsea are themselves looking for a striker in the transfer market, and reacquiring the services of Lukaku after his loan spell may be an option.

With that said, we shouldn’t forget the press conferences and media fiascoes caused by the 30-year-old. The Belgian himself doesn’t seem to want to play for the Blues. It wouldn’t be wise to keep him at Stamford Bridge against his will, especially when current striker Nicolas Jackson has finally started to score goals.

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