Former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville has heaped praise on Chelsea’s new signing Romelu Lukaku.
The prolific Belgian frontman completed the £98million move from Inter Milan last week after enjoying an extremely productive two-year stint at the San Siro, netting a whopping 64 goals to help guide the Nerazzurri to their first Serie A title in ten years.
However, the 28-year-old had to watch from home as the Blues won their first Premier League game of the season, defeating London rivals Crystal Palace 3-0 thanks to goals from Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic and Trevoh Chalobah.
Still, Lukaku is in line for his second Chelsea debut this weekend when Thomas Tuchel’s side travel to north London to play Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon and the reigning champions of Europe will be hoping to end their current rut against the Gunners.
Mikel Arteta’s side have won all of their last three encounters but it is Chelsea that Neville is more excited about this season, as the former England international warned Chelsea’s rivals that the addition of Lukaku makes the Blues “real” title contenders this term.
“They were last season, but really serious in terms of the Premier League. Lukaku makes them very, very dangerous. For Chelsea, he will score a tonne of goals. He is perfect for that club.
“I know he’s been there once before, but this time he comes back with maturity, with experience, with hundreds of goals under his belt. I talk about gold signings; I have no doubt that it will be a success and that he will do the 20, 25, 30 goals.
“I’ve got no doubts with Romelu Lukaku, that he will go into that Chelsea team and make them real challengers for the Premier League title.
“He’s a game-changer for them in terms of top four, to really pushing Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United in terms of going for that title.”