Want to endear yourself to the faithful fans of Inter Milan? Score in the Derby della Madonnina against rival AC Milan. That’s just what Romelu Lukaku did this past weekend as Inter took down Milan, 2-0, to start Serie A play with four wins in four games and remain top of the table. The same striker with a questionable first touch who was pushed out at Manchester United despite a solid goal-scoring record is killing it in Italy after his summer move.
Lukaku hasn’t only been consistent with scoring, his passing has been sharp, he’s put in the effort defensively and, most importantly, he appears to be happy. Lukaku has three goals in four Serie A matches for Inter Milan and was on the score sheet again this weekend with a lovely header to wrap it up in the second half.
His effort has always been there, but maybe his confidence was lacking. That doesn’t appear to be the case in Italy, having the full backing and confidence of manager Antonio Conte, who saw his impact in the Premier League when the Italian was coaching at Chelsea.
Perhaps United should have given him another chance. After all, they didn’t even replace him with anybody. He had 27 goals in his first season for the Red Devils and just 15 last season. You can argue he’s better than what United has right now.
Lukaku’s talent is undeniable. As is his early impact in Northern Italy. For a team with early title aspirations and hopes advancing out of the Champions League group stage, Lukaku could end up being the key to Inter’s success for many years to come.
Lukaku’s 30 Day Fixtures:
Lazio (Home) Seria A
Sampdoria (Away) Serie A
Barcelona (Away) Uefa Champions Leugue
Juventus (Away) Serie A
San Marino (Home) Euro 2020 Qualification
Kazakhstan (Away) Euro 2020 Qualification
Sassuolo (Away) Serie A
Dortmund (Home) Uefa Champions League