Former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku scored on his Inter Milan debut in a 4-0 win over Lecce following his £74m move from Manchester United.
Inter boss Antonio Conte identified Lukaku as his number one target after taking over the reins from Luciano Spalleti earlier this summer. The Belgian was not disappointed with his new manager on Monday evening.
The 26-year-old striker had a torrid time at Old Trafford last term. He managed 15 goals in all competitions but got off to the perfect start this season as Inter kicked off their Serie A campaign in style.
Lukaku has found the net in his first league game for each of his last four clubs; West Brom, Everton, United and Inter.
Lukaku in the match
Quickfire goals from Marcelo Brozovic and Stefano Sensi gave Inter a two-goal advantage in the first half. Lukaku put Inter out of sight with a tidy finish on the hour mark at the San Siro.
Lecce goalkeeper Gabriel parried Lautaro Martinez’s initial shot into the path of Lukaku and Inter’s marquee summer signing did not make any mistake from close-range.
Antonio Candreva added a spectacular fourth goal for Inter as Lecce had a night to forget following their promotion into Italy’s top flight.
Shortly after his goal, Lukaku almost set up Martinez after leaving Luca Rossettini for dead on the right flank. Unfortunately, his cross for Argentina was slightly too heavy.
Conte praised Lukaku after the final whistle but so stressful that his players have many things to work on ahead of their trip to Cagliari next weekend.
“Lukaku stepped into the Inter world on the best possible way with a great humility.” The Italian said. “He is a giant, always has a smile on his face. He’s ready to work for the team and at the disposal of his teammates.”
“It was only the first game, so we can celebrate until midnight. From 00:01 we have to start thinking about the next match with Cagliari.”