Lukaku made the return to Chelsea this past summer, setting the Blues back close to £100m.
But with Chelsea coming off the back of a Champions League triumph, a big-name striker did appear to be the final thing they needed to truly compete at the top of the Premier League once more.
And whilst Lukaku did fit that criteria on paper after a very successful, title-winning campaign with Inter Milan, his 2021/22 was a complete disaster.
Lukaku was hampered by injury and fitness issues, but his bizarre interview earlier in the campaign in which he expressed his love for Inter and hit out at Tuchel for his use of him really didn’t help.
All told, Lukaku went on to score just eight league goals during 2021/22, only one of which – vs Arsenal in gameweek two – came against a top-eight team.
Lukaku has since returned to former side Inter Milan on loan for the 2022/23 season.
And now, Inter striker Lautaro Martinez has revealed that he spoke with Lukaku every day following his first Inter exit.
The Argentine told Sky Italia: “I am very happy he came back because he said we need to battle against everyone. He’ll give us a big hand and we will continue battling alongside him.
“We kept in contact and spoke every day from the moment he left. He is a great help to this team. We all want to keep improving, we have four talented strikers and all bring different characteristics.”