Romelu Lukaku signed for Inter from Manchester United in the summer of 2019 in a record-breaking deal.

The Italian giants reportedly forked out around €78 million for the Belgian striker, who had been new coach Antonio Conte’s number one transfer target.

Lukaku had enjoyed a prolific career prior to joining the Nerazzurri, scoring over 100 Premier League goals during his time at Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion, Everton and Man Utd.

He is also Belgium’s highest scorer in history, having made his debut for his country as a 17-year-old in 2010.

Lukaku was Inter’s marquee signing in a busy summer that also saw ex-Man Utd team-mate Alexis Sanchez, Atletico Madrid legend Diego Godin, Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella, Sassuolo’s Stefano Sensi and Hertha Berlin’s Valentino Lazaro all arrive at Appiano Gentile.

Romelu Lukaku Goals, Assists & Stats During 2019-2020 Season

Lukaku made his debut for the club in a pre-season friendly against Virtus Bergamo on August 11, immediately helping himself to four goals in an 8-0 victory.

He made his official debut on August 26 in the Serie A matchday one clash with newly-promoted Lecce at San Siro. He scored Inter’s third goal in the 60th minute as the team ran out convincing 4-0 winners.

Lukaku found the back of the net again the following week, scoring the winner from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute as Inter beat Cagliari 2-1 in Sardinia. He was also subjected to shameful racist abuse in this game from Cagliari fans whilst taking the winning penalty.

He was next on the scoresheet on Serie A matchday four as Inter won the bragging rights in the Milan derby by beating their crosstown rivals 2-0. Lukaku glanced home a header in the 78th minute to double the lead.

Inter’s six-game winning start to the 2019-20 Serie A season ended on matchday seven as they were beaten 2-1 at home by title rivals Juventus at San Siro, a game in which Lukaku was relatively quiet in.

But the big striker bounced back immediately the following matchday, scoring twice and even turning down the chance for a hat-trick by allowing strike-partner Lautaro Martinez to take a last-minute penalty, as Inter beat Sassuolo 4-3 in Reggio Emilia.

Lukaku also helped Inter get off the mark in the Champions League. After drawing 1-1 with Slavia Prague on matchday one and then unluckily losing 2-1 at Barcelona on matchday two, Lukaku helped the Nerazzurri beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 on October 23 to get themselves back into qualification contention.

The Belgian striker scored in every single one of Inter’s matches in the Europa League from the round of last 32 to and including the final which the Nerazzurri lost 3-2 against Sevilla.

Below is a statistical breakdown of Lukaku’s matches with stats taken from WyScout. Continue reading

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