by Chris Lepkowski
West Brom new-boy Romelu Lukaku has revealed he ‘lost his hunger for football’ after starting just one Premier League game for Chelsea last season.
The 19-year-old forward joined Albion on a season-long loan from the Champions League winners last week and his enthusiasm has already impressed boss Steve Clarke.
But his feelings last season were quite the opposite as he sat on the bench for long periods watching from the sidelines.
“I lost my hunger for the game over the past year,” he said. “I won’t beat about the bush – my season at Chelsea went very badly.
“I got sick of watching the other players from the bench. I played only 12 games and when I was playing well, they would take me off.”
The Belgian international added: “I sacrificed a year of my career with them and didn’t want to put up with it any more.
“I decided in March I wanted to go out on loan, and told my agent to find me a club.
“I am relieved to have found a solution.”