Lukaku in 2012.
|Full name||Romelu Menama Lukaku|
|Date of birth||13 May 1993|
|Place of birth||Antwerp, Belgium|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2012–2013||→ West Bromwich Albion (loan)||35||(17)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Romelu Menama Lukaku (born 13 May 1993) is a Belgian footballer of Congolese descent, who plays as a striker for Premier League club West Bromwich Albion on loan from Chelsea, and the Belgium national team. He started his career with local side Rupel Boom, before being scouted and joining Lierse. He played well and attracted many clubs to his talents. He alerted Anderlecht and signed for the Belgian Pro League side in 2006. Lukaku continued his development with Anderlecht and made his professional debut while still at school at the age of 16. During his time at Anderlecht, he was dubbed as the new Didier Drogba, the player whom he idolized growing up. Whilst playing for Anderlecht, he became the 2009–10 top scorer in Belgium as Anderlecht won the Belgian championship, and won the Belgian Ebony Shoe in 2011. In the 2011 summer transfer window, Lukaku signed for English Premier League club Chelsea for an undisclosed fee and penning a 5-year contract.
Club career 
Early career 
Lukaku joined his local team Rupel Boom at the age of five. After four seasons at Rupel Boom, Lukaku was discovered by scouts of Lierse SK, a Belgian Pro League team with an established youth academy. He played for Lierse from 2004 until 2006, scoring 121 goals in 68 games. After Lierse were relegated from the Belgian Pro League, Anderlecht bought no less than 13 youth players from Lierse in the 2006 mid-season, one of which was Lukaku. He played three more years as a youth player with Anderlecht, scoring 131 goals in 93 games.
When he turned 16 on 13 May 2009, Lukaku signed a professional contract with Anderlecht until 2012. and 11 days later he made his Belgian First Division debut on 24 May 2009 in the championship play off match against Standard Liège as a 69th minute substitute for defender Víctor Bernárdez. Anderlecht lost the match 1–0. He scored his first goal at senior level against Zulte Waregem in the 89th minute, after coming on as substitute for Kanu after 69 minutes.
In August 2011 Lukaku joined English club Chelsea, for a fee reported to be around €12 million (£10 million), rising to €20 million (£17 million) in add-ons. Lukaku was given the number 18 shirt and signed a five-year contract. He made his home debut in a 3–1 victory over Norwich City in the 83rd minute, coming on as a substitute for Fernando Torres.
Lukaku made his first start for the club in the League Cup against Fulham. Chelsea went on to win the match on penalties. Lukaku spent the majority of the season playing for the reserves. On 13 May 2012, he started his first league match against Blackburn Rovers and turned in a man of the match performance providing an assist for John Terry's opener. However, Lukaku stressed that he was disappointed with his involvement at the end of his debut season, revealing that, after his side's UEFA Champions League win on 19 May, he refused to hold the trophy as he didn't feel like a winner.
Loan to West Bromwich Albion 
After speculation linking Lukaku to a loan move to Fulham, on 10 August 2012 he joined West Bromwich Albion on a season long loan deal. He scored his first league goal eight days later, coming on as a substitute on the 77th minute in a 3–0 win against Liverpool. He made his full debut in a win against Reading at The Hawthorns, scoring the game's only goal.
On 24 November, Lukaku came on as a 70th minute substitute for Shane Long and netted a penalty and provided an assist to Marc-Antoine Fortune, as West Brom defeated Sunderland 4-2. The win proved to be West Brom's fourth consecutive win in the top flight for the first time since 1980. On 12 January 2013, Lukaku had his first multi-goal game in the Premier League, giving West Brom a 2-0 lead against Reading, before a late come back gave the Berkshire club a 3-2 victory.
After controversially claiming that he did not want to go back to his parent club and that he wished to stay at West Brom for another year, Lukaku told the press that he still wished to become a legend at Stamford Bridge. On 11 February, Lukaku came on off the bench and scored his 10th Premier league goal of the season against Liverpool in a match that ended 2-0. He scored his second brace of the campaign, scoring both goals for West Brom in their 2-1 defeat of Sunderland on 23 February. On 9 March, in a league match against Swansea City, Lukaku scored the equalising goal, before having a penalty kick saved; West Brom eventually won the game courtesy of a Jonathan de Guzmán own goal. On 19 May, coming on as a second half substitute Lukaku scored an incredible second-half perfect hat-trick, as West Brom came from three goals down to draw 5-5 in the season's final home game against Manchester United. The game was Sir Alex Ferguson's 1500 and last match in charge of United and the highest scoring draw in the history of the Premier League. Despite being loaned out by the club, Lukaku outscored his Chelsea teammates in the Premier League that season, being the number six top goal scorer of the Premier League with 17 goals.
International career 
Lukaku was a member of the Belgium under-21 team and scored a goal on his debut against Slovenia. On 24 February 2010, Lukaku was named for the first time in the Belgium squad for the friendly against Croatia. On 17 November 2010, he scored his first two international goals in the friendly match against Russia.
Personal life 
Lukaku was born in Antwerp, a city in northern Belgium. His father, Roger Lukaku, played professional football and was capped at international level by Zaire. He has a younger brother named Jordan, who has progressed through the youth academy at Anderlecht. Lukaku was the subject of an acclaimed television documentary series called De School Van Lukaku (Lukaku's School) shown on the Dutch-speaking Eén network. The reality show followed the teenage Lukaku and his classmates during the course of a year at the Saint-Guidon Institute, a school in Brussels, where the footballer was based while with the Anderlecht youth team. In 2009, the series followed the school as it made a field trip to London visiting Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground. Lukaku said at the time “What a stadium. If one day in my life I will cry, it will be the day I play here. I love Chelsea.”
Career statistics 
|West Bromwich Albion (loan)||2012–13||35||17||4||3||0||0||0||0||0||38||17||4|
International goals 
|1.||17 November 2010||Tsentralnyi Profsoyuz Stadion, Voronezh, Russia||Russia||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2.||17 November 2010||Tsentralnyi Profsoyuz Stadion, Voronezh, Russia||Russia||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|3.||15 August 2012||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Netherlands||3–2||4–2||Friendly|
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