The signing of Romelu Lukaku this summer was a true statement of intent on the part of Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel to address the big issue we had …
The signing of Romelu Lukaku this summer was a true statement of intent on the part of Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel to address the big problem we had last season – a lack of goals. Four months into the new season, we have to ask ourselves the question, “Are we getting the best out of him?”
The reason I say this is because of a quote he made recently before his current injury when he said he’s not a target man as such, but a goal scorer who likes to fall deep, the ball collect and then run directly to his opponent. Based on that statement alone, it is clear that Thomas Tuchel needs to make a note of that point, because at certain times this season we have seen him play the exact opposite.
The Juventus game away from home in the Champions League is a perfect demonstration of how not to use him. Having said that, Chelsea’s approach that night with no tactical change when we had to change the game stunned me. You’re better off placing your bet at online casino at rather than bet on Chelsea and Lukaku that night, it was so bad!
Romelu Lukaku was supported by Kai Havertz to work together and create problems for their defense. The problem was that Juventus sat deep and led Chelsea on them, which unfortunately forced us with Lukaku being pushed straight up against them. Their midfield dropped deep to support and close the space in front, which left us with nothing to work with and Lukaku could not influence the match.
On the other hand, there was evidence early in the season that we would play as it suited him, with Arsenal as a good example. Look at the goal he scored. He drops deep away from the defensive line to connect our game. He then lays the ball down, turns and is on his bike in the box to climb on the tip of a ball over the box to move the ball home. That’s how Lukaku wants to play. This is what brings out the best in him.
As with anything when we look at the current Chelsea squad, it is clear that we have the ability and power in depth to pursue a realistic challenge for the Premier League title and ALL the other competitions in which we participate. The key to that success will be the goals and performances of Romelu Lukaku. Chelsea MUST come up with a plan to give him the platform to do exactly that, but will it be a change in formation or stick to what we have?
One thing is for sure, we can not get stuck in the game like against Manchester City and Juventus with no alternative solution. Timo Werner to me is just as important as Lukaku to Chelsea and his position starting next to, next to or behind Lukaku could unlock the door for the goals we need for glory.