The riddle of Romelu Lukaku: a story of one of the greatest debut seasons Inter Milan have ever seen

Romelu Lukaku finds happiness at last at Inter Milan
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Inter were already 4-0 up late on Monday evening when Romelu Lukaku collected a pass from Stefan de Vrij just inside the Shakhtar half. Sensing the dread behind him, the Belgian swivelled, fired up the engines, and powered beyond his marker towards goal. A composed finish capped a sensational all-round display, as Inter booked their place in Sunday’s Europa League final against Sevilla.

It was merely the latest composed finish from a phenomenal debut season in Milan. Lukaku’s semi-final brace took his tally to 33 in 50 appearances for the Italian club, and ensured his record of scoring in every Europa League match this season remains unbroken. 

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Ed McCambridge
Staff Writer

Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Favourite FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.