'Multidimensional' Chelsea player says he demands clarity over his role from Tuchel
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku said he has had some conversations with Thomas Tuchel to clarify the role that the manager wants him to play on the pitch.
The 28-year-old showcased his goalscoring ability with his outstanding second-half performance in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.
Still, he is yet to reach the numbers most Chelsea fans would have expected him to produce at this point.
While the recent injury and Covid-19 absences clearly did not help, Chelsea have arguably not been able to get the best out of him as well.
Lukaku claims he is quite versatile as a number nine, but he still demands clarity from Tuchel about his role.
“The coach and I have had a few conversations about what he expects [from me],” the Belgium international told ESPN Brasil after Chelsea’s win over Aston Villa.
“I explained that I am multidimensional. I just need clarity on how he wants to use me.
“I can come between the lines, press, hold the ball; qualities that over the years I’ve added to the game.”
In another post-match interview, Lukaku has already hinted at the role he prefers to play.
“My preferred action is running into space, using my speed and my power,” he told Sky Sports (via BBC).
As Antonio Rudiger previously pointed out, Lukaku is among the fastest player at Chelsea, so it is easy why to see why he wants to make those runs in behind.
However, unlike Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan, Chelsea often play patient, possession-based football under Tuchel which means players such as Lukaku and Timo Werner rarely have spaces to run into.
It is up to Tuchel to tweak his tactics and find a balance if the Blues are to unleash Lukaku’s full potential.