Jack Wilshere has claimed that opposition teams will fear coming up against Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku, 28, is back in the Premier League this season after sealing a return to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
The left-footed striker has four goals in all competitions so far this campaign, but fans are nervously waiting to hear the extent of the injury he picked up in midweek.
He was forced off during the 4-0 Champions League group stage win over Malmo with a suspected ankle problem. Chelsea supporters will hope for an official update in Thomas Tuchel’s Friday press conference.
Wilshere has explained why he admires the Chelsea forward as a player, so feels he will be a big miss if he’s set for any kind of spell on the sidelines.
“I’m a massive fan of his. I think Chelsea will miss him,” Wilshere told talkSPORT.
“He’s a goalscorer, and he’ll get back to scoring goals, but more than that, his presence. What he does to opposition defenders is he gets in their head.
“If you look at a team sheet and you see Lukaku starting, you’re worried. He’s quick, he’s strong, he can run in behind.”
Lukaku will leave huge Chelsea hole
Of course, Lukaku will have hoped for more than four goals in 11 appearances since his Chelsea comeback this term.
However, he’s made an obvious difference to the Blues by being a recognised striker at the top end of the pitch.
Chelsea may be plagued by last season’s problems if the Belgian is injured for a period of time.
With Timo Werner also forced off injured against Malmo, the pressure may fall on versatile forward Kai Havertz to spearhead the attack over the coming weeks. Peter Crouch certainly thinks the responsibility will fall on Havertz.
Best to come from Lukaku
Lukaku will be dreading missing out on what looks like a favourable run of fixtures during the next few weeks. The London club face upcoming matches against Norwich City, Southampton, Newcastle United, Malmo and Burnley.
However, the striker’s goalless run shouldn’t be too much of a concern.
He’s now much maturer as a player and looked dangerous before his injury blow in midweek.
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