Romelu Lukaku will more than anyone relish the chance to return to the FA Cup when Chelsea take on Luton Town tonight.
The Belgian had many ups and downs during his time in England, but football’s oldest competition was always the one he enjoyed.
Lukaku made a promising start to his return to Stamford Bridge, scoring three goals in his first five league games.
However, his campaign stumbled after suffering an ankle injury and contracting COVID-19.
Lukaku had since been an unused substitute in Chelsea’s Champions League win over Lille as he was named on the bench in the Carabao Cup final.
The 28-year-old featured in the 0-0 penalty shootout loss to Liverpool and netted his spot-kick in the epic 11-10 defeat.
But Lukaku also had a potential winning goal scored in extra time for the most marginal of offside decisions.
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The striker’s impressive appearance at Wembley will surely be enough for him to earn a starting spot against Luton on Wednesday, live on talkSPORT.
And a return to FA Cup action could not have come at a more opportune time with Lukaku posting an impressive record in the competition.
The £98million star’s first FA Cup goal came back in March 2014 when he came to Everton in a quarter-final clash at Arsenal.
Lukaku canceled out Mesut Ozil’s first strike at the Emirates before the Gunners eventually emerged 4-1 winners.
Since (and including) that game, only Leicester star Kelechi Iheanacho’s 15 goals in the competition proper are more than Lukaku’s 14.
This stat is particularly impressive given that Lukaku spent two seasons at Inter Milan and never even won the FA Cup, unlike the Nigerian who spent his entire career in England and lifted the trophy last season.
The closest he came was his final defeat at Wembley against current side Chelsea in his first season at Manchester United.
Lukaku has already set out to correct that mistake this season, starting both of Chelsea’s FA Cup matches against Chesterfield and Plymouth and scoring in the 5-1 win over the former.
And the Belgium international can go one step further to prove his doubters wrong by bringing the Blues one step closer to a return to Wembley.
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