An improved Romelu Lukaku will get Champions League winners Chelsea firing in the Premier League title race.
That’s according to talkSPORT pundit and former Scotland frontman Ally McCoist, who expects the Belgian to hit the ground running back on these shores.
Lukaku has already totted up 113 goals in the Premier League, from 252 appearances, during spells with the Blues, Everton and Manchester United.
Indeed, while some questioned his return at Old Trafford, the 28-year-old did manage to score 42 goals in addition to providing 16 assists over 96 games.
Now, though, the 98-cap international has been tasked with providing a summer response to big-money deals at Manchester City and former club United.
Jack Grealish has already become the first £100million player in Premier League history having arrived at the Etihad Stadium, while United have welcomed Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to Old Trafford.
Lukaku is on the verge of his own £97.5million switch, meanwhile, and the Manchester clubs should be alarmed.
McCoist said: “I actually thought he did alright at Man United. Everybody has got that down as kind of a disaster, but I’m not having that at all. I think he did alright.
“I think there has been a massive improvement in his game. I think he will be a tremendous signing for Chelsea. If you look at the centre-forwards they’ve had there; Giroud, Abraham and Werner – from where I’m sitting I think he would and will score more goals.
“At international level he’s done it. He plays with a fantastic international team. There’s a lot going for Lukaku and I think he will be a great signing for Chelsea.”
McCoist added: “He’s far better than a physical presence. He does run the channels. He will get in behind.
“He’s not as quick as Werner, but I think he’s a better finisher than Werner and he will bring more to the party. In a bizarre way, it might suit Werner a little bit getting taken out of that firing line as a number 9 centre-forward. He will get opportunities to play, maybe coming in off the left, which we have seen him do before.
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