After his disastrous return to Stamford Bridge last season, Lukaku was sent back to Inter on loan for the current campaign.
Having scored 64 goals in 95 games for the Serie A side previously and having spoken so much about his love for the club, many expected the 29-year-old to pick up where he left off.
But things have only gone from bad to worse for the striker who has scored just two goals and made just seven appearances since returning to the San Siro, having been plagued by injuries.
His performance in Inter’s latest game was especially maligned after he was brought on in the second-half to extend their 2-1 lead over struggling Monza.
But he failed to have any impact, with underdogs Monza snatching a 93rd minute equaliser to keep the Nerazzurri 10 points off league leaders Napoli.
Inter legend and Sky Sports Italia pundit Beppe Bergomi recently doubled down on the criticism of the Belgium international, saying: ‘When Lukaku came on against Monza, he was simply embarrassing.
‘He couldn’t keep the ball, he seemed scared of it. I don’t know at this point if it is just a matter of his physical condition or his mental state too.
‘It feels like he is carrying with him what happened at the World Cup.’
Lukaku was widely mocked back in December for his part in Belgium’s embarrassing group stage exit from Qatar 2022.
Having largely missed the opening two games through injury, he was brought on at half-time against Croatia to score a goal and save their campaign, only to miss a whole host of big chances.
Given all this, it is hard to see Inter re-signing him for good at the end of the season, and as it will be hard for Chelsea to shift him elsewhere, given that they spent a club record £97.5m on him, Lukaku’s future remains very unclear.
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