Lukaku eyeing Chelsea first-team spot

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is hoping that a game in the FA Cup will help him cement a place in the Blues side for the Premier League and Champions League, chelseafc.com reports.

The 18 year old has made six appearances for the Blues so far this season without scoring, but has scored five in his last five reserve games. Lukaku is keen to make an impact whilst Didier Drogba is away at the African Cup of Nations and could see a rare start against Portsmouth in the FA Cup on Sunday. The Belgian forward signed for Chelsea from Anderlecht in the summer, but has failed to squeeze past Drogba and Fernando Torres in the first team lineup.

Lukaku has spoken about his adaptation to English football and believes that the work with Chelsea’s staff have improved his game vastly. A boyhood Chelsea fan growing up, the 18 year old is delighted to be at Stamford Bridge and is looking to make an impact not only in the FA Cup on Sunday, but the subsequent fixtures.

The Belgian said: ‘It’s a really big month, January, and to be helpful for the team would be great. To score a goal would be good for my confidence, but I just want to get a spot in the team and continue enjoying it. Chelsea is the most important thing now and I want to earn a place in the starting 11. I am feeling very well and in the New Year, it is a new start and I want to earn a spot in the team’.

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