A Belgian man-child striker made big news late yesterday - and rightly so, especially if you're, say, Tottenham Hotspur - but perhaps we were paying attention to the wrong Belgian man-child. For while Christian Benteke was re-running his own greatest hits of last summer and submitting transfer requests once again, Romelu Lukaku was submitting wonderful answers to interview questions instead. Both actions speak of ambition and drive but I sure prefer Lukaku's version.
Turning out along with 21 other players at Monday's first practice of the 2013-14 season, Lukaku stopped to chat with Chelsea TV. Hot on the heels of a breakout loan season at West Bromwich Albion and arguably the early fore-runner for the Blues' starting center forward position, the 20-year-old was understandably full of confidence.
A few choice quotes:
"It's good to be back; it was always my aim to come back. Now I'm here and very happy."
"I set myself a goal [for last season's loan] and overachieved ... now it's up to me to do better this year."
"I developed [my game] overall [under Steve Clarke] - with my back to goal, my skills, in small spaces, in big spaces - and I've become quicker, stronger. So that's a good sign and hopefully I can continue that in the next years."
"[All players] know what we have to do [under Mourinho]. We have to work hard and bring success to the team."
"[My goal] is to improve as much as I can and be an important figure at this club. I think last year I had a great year and I want to confirm [that] this year. I'm very ambitious. I'm also very young but I'm very ambitious. I want to work hard and play as much as I can. But it's up to me: I have to keep going like I was last year and I think it will not be a problem."
-Romelu Lukaku; source: Chelsea TV
You can catch a short teaser of the full segment on the official Chelsea website, but if you do have access to Chelsea TV, be sure to log in and check it out. It's a heartening four minutes in light of yesterday's Cavani disappointment.