Paul Merson has said he thinks Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku needs to get “a bit cuter” when it comes to his play around the box.
Of course, there is gigantic pressure on Lukaku to perform after his mega transfer to Stamford Bridge in the summer. The 28-year-old has gone full circle by returning to Chelsea and now looks the finished article.
He’s kickstarted the campaign with four goals in eight appearances this season, including a Champions League winner against Zenit St Petersburg.
However, there is a sense the Belgian is still trying to click with some of his teammates.
Merson feels like Lukaku is too involved with engaging in physical battles with defenders, so wants to see him be a bit smarter with his movement in the box.
“I think the Chelsea players are looking for Lukaku too much. Sometimes they are ignoring a better ball when the one to Lukaku is just not on,” Merson wrote for the Daily Star.
“Teams are sussing that out and overloading that, making it harder for him to get the ball in dangerous positions.
“Lukaku is too focused on feeling defenders and backing in as well. He needs to get a bit cuter around the box with his flick-ons and lay-offs.”
Lukaku has just faced some of the best centre-backs around
Lukaku, along with most of his Chelsea teammates, have found it tough in the last two fixtures.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have lost back-to-back matches against Manchester City and Juventus, which has put a lot of pressure on this weekend’s fixture at home to Southampton. Here is our predicted XI against the Saints.
For Lukaku, he’s been in direct competition with some of the world’s elite centre-halves right now. He’s shown a few glimpses of quality, but he’s been feeding off scraps in the majority of the two recent games.
A favourable run of fixtures that is just around the corner should see the Blues create far more chances for Lukaku, who’s definitely developed his game to mean he can mix it up.
Can Lukaku score 20 league goals again?
Lukaku scored 20-plus league goals in each of the last two seasons.
He was dynamite during the last two years for Inter Milan and his role now is to try post similar numbers at Stamford Bridge.
It’s never been a problem for him in his career to score goals in the Premier League, but his teammates are still trying to gel with him.
There should be real fireworks once everything clicks.
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