ROMELU LUKAKU took just 81 seconds of his Inter Milan return to ease ten months of his Chelsea woe – with a Serie A goal.
The loan striker headed a simple opener in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Lecce.
But the ultimate hero was rumoured Chelsea target Denzel Dumfries.
The Holland right-back, who has also been linked with Manchester United and Bayern Munich, nicked Inter’s clincher five minutes into stoppage time.
The former PSV Eindhoven star pounced on a corner – after Assan Ceesay had velled for minnows Lecce early in the second period.
Lukaku’s contribution might be the difference over the season, though.
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And it came on the day another ‘flop’ Chelsea hitman in Timo Werner also made a scoring comeback to the club where he was most at home.
The Germany ace swerved a long-distance opener in RB Leipzig’s 2-2 home Bundesliga draw against Cologne.
But that description is deceptive – because it was a soft effort that visiting keeper Marvin Schwabe somehow let squirm in.
Lukaku, in contrast, failed to land a permanent return to his cherished Inter.
But his impact could be crucial – if he can match his last Inter season of 24 goals in 2020-21.
The powerful Belgian managed only eight last term during an in-and-mainly-out term with Thomas Tuchel’s Blues.
But if he revives his San Siro peak form then it could enable Inter to dethrone big rivals AC Milan.
Many fans on social media backed Lukaku to make a huge difference.
One took a jab at Chelsea by saying: “Him and Werner both scored today. Chelsea and Tuchel a laughing stock.”
And another claimed: “Standard stuff He scores goals Chelsea didn’t provide him the platform to perform Definitely a player that needs faith in him love and attention.”