Inter boss Antonio Conte forward Romelu Lukaku
Inter Milan 4 Lecce 0: Romelu Lukaku proves he is worth the big bucks. Photo/Agency

Romelu Lukaku scored his first league goal of the season on his Inter Milan debut in a convincing 4-0 win over 10- man Lecce.

In a match that wrapped up matchday one of Serie A fixtures, the Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku scored his first league goal of the season.

Inter Milan’s record signing has now scored five goals in total for his new side – he bagged four goals when his side claimed a comfortable 8-0 win over Serie D side Virtus Bergamo in the preseason.

The Belgian striker, signed by Inter for a club record, ÂŁ73m from Manchester United on 8 August, tapped in the third goal in the 60th minute.

Lukaku latched onto the rebound from Lautaro Martinez’s shot and coolly slotted the ball into the far corner of the net.

He then raced off and bowed in front of the Inter Milan fans as he celebrated with his team-mates.

Marcelo Brozovic curled Inter’s opener and Stefano Sensi’s drive doubled Milan’s tally before half-time.

Antonio Candreva’s 30-yard drive completed the victory after Leece’s Diego Farias had been sent off for a nasty looking challenge.

Lukaku, who hit 42 goals in 96 games for United after joining from Everton for ÂŁ75m in July 2017, has now scored on his league debut for each of his past four clubs. Previously, he scored for Westbrom, Everton and Manchester United.

Inter boss Antonio Conte, who replaced Luciano Spalletti in May, had identified Lukaku as a key summer target and was pleased with his star signing.

“Romelu has entered the Interworld with great humility,” Conte said. “He is ready to work for the team.”

“There was a spark, but now we must become dynamite,” he added after overseeing a win for his first league game in charge.

History

Born in Antwerp, Romelu Lukaku began his professional career at Belgian Pro League club Anderlecht in 2009, where he made his senior debut, at age 16. 

In his first season, he completed the campaign as the league’s top goalscorer and won the league championship.

Following similar individual success in his second season, highlighted by his win of the Belgian Ebony Shoe, Romelu Lukaku relocated to England to transfer to Premier League club Chelsea in 2011, for a fee of £10 million (€12 million).

Romelu Lukaku featured sparingly in his first campaign at Chelsea, and instead, he decided to depart on loan at fellow league club West Bromwich Albion in 2012.

Lukaku shone with the team, registering 17 league goals, and guided the club to an unlikely eighth-place finish.

However, after no further reassurances over playing time, he again departed on loan, this time to Everton, in 2013.

After finishing the season with 15 league goals and helping Everton reach a club-record points tally, he joined the team in a permanent deal worth a club-record fee of ÂŁ28 million in 2014.

After three successful individual campaigns on Merseyside, which included an appearance in the 2016–17 PFA Team of the Year, Lukaku signed for Manchester United in 2017, for an initial fee of £75 million making him the most expensive Belgian player at that time.

Inter Milan: Handanovic, D’Ambrosio, Ranocchia, Skriniar, Candreva, Vecino, Barella, Brozovic, Sensi (Gagliardini 73), Asamoah, MartĂ­nez (Politano 78)

Lecce: Vasconcellos, Ferreira, Rispoli (Benzar 72), Lucioni, Rossettini, Calderoni, Petriccione (Mancosu 61), Tachtsidis, Falco, Majer, La Mantia (Farias 61), Lapadula

By John Dalton Kigozi