Lukaku would really like to play up-front with 22-year-old Chelsea player more often, journalist suggests

Matt Law used inside sources alongside powers of deduction to name the Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku would like to feature alongside the most.

Speaking on the London is Blue podcast, Law came to the conclusion that Kai Havertz is the offensive partner preferenced by Lukaku.

Trial and lots of errors

Working out which of Thomas Tuchel’s attacking assets make the best mixture has become something of a minefield.

Virtually every single game, the front line is changed by one, two or even three players.

Rarely have the trident acted as a functioning unit, with some often looking like they are sharing a pitch for the first time.

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This has certainly had a detrimental effect on Lukaku’s form, who was so used to a permanent strike companion whilst featuring for Inter Milan.

He and Lautaro Martinez worked as something similar to an old-fashioned little and large combination with a modern twist.

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A revolving door for Romelu

At Chelsea, the Belgian international is greeted with new faces week-in-week, meaning his rhythm repeatedly gets disrupted.

Tuchel started the club-record signing, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic together in a Premier League game for the first time away to Manchester City last weekend.

Look how that turned out.

One blend that the Blues boss hasn’t tried enough is Havertz and Lukaku.

“I get the impression, and this is from a little bit of information and a little bit of guess work, that if you asked Lukaku who would you play with, he’d say Kai Havertz,” explained Law.

Havertz x Lukaku = success

In the six games the pair have started at the same time, Chelsea have lost just once.

Of those half dozen matches, the Blues have beaten Arsenal (with Lukaku scoring), Liverpool (with Havertz scoring), Aston Villa (with Lukaku scoring), and Tottenham Hotspur twice (with Havertz scoring in the second).

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Clearly, the two get something out of another that few in Tuchel’s camp has managed.

The least you’d expect from a £97.5m (Sky) and a £72m (BBC) player is a little bit of coordination.

They seem to have covered that, so why not develop the relationship further?

It can’t be any worse than what Chelsea have attempted recently…

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.