Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku took his fine Premier League form into Belgium’s World Cup warm up match with Luxembourg by netting a superb hat-trick.
Out of favour with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at the beginning of the season, the 21-year-old powerful striker joined Everton on a season-long loan.
Lukaku’s spell at the Toffees was a huge success, as he netted 15 goals and added a further six assist in 29 Premier League stars – stats which made him Europe’s most effective U21 striker.
Ironically, the Blues on the other hand were struggling for a killer touch up-front, and Jose Mourinho’s decision to discount Romelu Lukaku looked all the more bizarre after Chelsea recorded blanks in key games towards the end of last season.
This summer, however, gives Lukaku the perfect platform to prove his ability on the biggest stage of all and a successful World Cup could finally pave the way to a long run in the Chelsea first team.
His preparation couldn’t have gone any smoother, as the former Anderlecht striker netted three goals as Belgium routed a poor Luxembourg side 5-1 in front of their own supporters.
Reminiscent of former Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, his third goal in particular was all that and more, as he left two defenders in his wake with quick feet before beating the goalkeeper at his near post.
What more does Romelu Lukaku have to do to prove to Jose Mourinho he is up to the task at Stamford Bridge?