I've proved myself at West Brom, insists Chelsea striker Lukaku

The Belgium international forward is ready to fight for a place in the team at Stamford Bridge after netting 17 Premier League goals in a season-long loan spell at the Hawthorns
Romelu Lukaku believes he has proven his worth to Chelsea after a successful loan spell at West Brom and is ready to fight for a starting berth at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian joined the Blues from Anderlecht for £18 million in 2011 but struggled to make an impact in the first team in his maiden year at the west London club.

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After failing to score for Chelsea in his debut campaign he joined West Brom on loan and racked up 17 goals, and now Lukaku hopes to shine for the Blues just as he has done for the Baggies.

"I've had a great season and now I want to do better," he told reporters.

"After last year, a lot of people doubted me, but I kept believing in my qualities and worked hard.

"With the help of the fans and this club, I just couldn't fail here. From day one I have felt at home - like I was back in Brussels. That's why I have performed so well.

"They have helped me through the good and the bad days. I was really convinced the team would have a good season.

"It's been wonderful to be here."

The 20-year-old became only the third player, after Dirk Kuyt and David Bentley, to score a Premier League hat-trick against Manchester United, as the Baggies drew 5-5 with the Red Devils on the final day of the season.