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Joe Cole Makes Romelu Lukaku Chelsea Claim Amid Erling Haaland Links

Joe Cole believes Chelsea were right to sign Romelu Lukaku over Erling Haaland in the summer transfer window.

Chelsea spent all summer looking to bring in a new centre-forward to bolster their attacking ranks, and turned to Lukaku as they brought the Belgian back to Stamford Bridge in a staggering £97.5 million transfer. 

Lukaku was seen as final piece of the puzzle. The 28-year-old has four goals for the Blues so far this term in 11 games in all competitions.

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Haaland was target for the Blues but the deal proved not feasible and Chelsea opted to turn their attentions elsewhere in the summer market.

But Cole thinks his former side made the right decision in signing Lukaku over the Norwegian, despite Haaland scoring 13 goals already this season.

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"This is a hard question," replied Cole in an interview with Hotels.com on if Lukaku was Europe's best striker at present.

"You’ve got Lewandowski, Haaland, Mbappe, Ronaldo and Harry Kane... so much talent. He’s unique and for the way that Chelsea play, he’s the best striker for the system."

Joe Cole was talking as he participated in the first episode of the second series of Hotels.com’s Dream Island. The series will showcase Hotels.com’s role as the Official Travel Partner of the UEFA Champions League and will see presenter Yung Filly grill UEFA legends on their fantasy get-away. Fans will enjoy hearing about where the former players’ dream holidays would be, what they never forget to take with them and who would make up their dream beach football team, as well as answering fans’ travel questions along the way. To watch Dream Island, visit Hotels.com Europe on YouTube: YouTube.com/hotelseu

Joe Cole was talking as he participated in the first episode of the second series of Hotels.com’s Dream Island. The series will showcase Hotels.com’s role as the Official Travel Partner of the UEFA Champions League and will see presenter Yung Filly grill UEFA legends on their fantasy get-away. Fans will enjoy hearing about where the former players’ dream holidays would be, what they never forget to take with them and who would make up their dream beach football team, as well as answering fans’ travel questions along the way. To watch Dream Island, visit Hotels.com Europe on YouTube: YouTube.com/hotelseu

Cole was quick to praise Chelsea's club-record signing after he returned to the club seven years on after leaving the first time round.

He added: "Lukaku is a fantastic player, he's a proven goalscorer, an intelligent footballer. He gives Chelsea a focal point to build their attacks, bounce balls off and build their attack. I think it was the easiest bit of business out of all the big clubs, Chelsea needed to add a striker who could put it in the back of the net. 

"I think he's one of those players who makes everyone around him better as well because of his personality. So, he’s a real plus for the team and the perfect fit for Chelsea."


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