Belgian striker wants regular starting spot.
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has insisted that he is ready to fight for his place in the starting line up despite heavy competition within Jose Mourinho’s squad, Sky Sports reports.
The 20-year-old spent last season on loan with West Bromwich Albion where he impressed by bagging 17 Premier League goals – including a final day hat trick against Manchester United, though he is now fighting for his place alongside Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Andre Schurrle in the Blues’ front line.
The west London outfit are also said to be hot on the trail of wantaway United striker Wayne Rooney and competition could significantly increase should the England international complete a move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
However, Lukaku has said that he is confident in cementing a regular spot in the starting line up.
“It’s not easy at Chelsea, it’s not easy at all,” Lukaku told the Sunday Mirror.
“You have to show yourself every day because you know how big the competition is and, if you don’t do well, there is always a player that can take your place.
“Of course, I think I can get into the first team at Chelsea. But there is still room for improvement.”
His form for Albion last season has suggested that another loan move could be in the offing, but the Belgian international has shrugged off the rumours by expressing his desire to stay put.
“I’m a Chelsea player and happy to be here,” added Lukaku. “It’s up to me. If I do well, I will play. I have always felt like a Chelsea player, even at West Brom.”