Avram Grant suggested the Chelsea squad still had some developing to do in terms of understanding how Romelu Lukaku functions.

Speaking on Sky Sports (as relayed by Football Daily), Grant proposed the Blues as a collective could still prise more out of their expensive centre-forward.

Lukaku wasted no time in reintroducing himself to the Premier League following his club-record return to Chelsea over the summer.

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Four goals in his first four games instantly reminded everyone why Roman Abramovich was so eager to reclaim the striker he released over half a decade ago.

The scoring streak has since shrivelled up for the Belgian, who is now on a five-match run without rippling the net.

But there is no need to panic from a Chelsea standpoint.

And even if anxiety did creep in, Abramovich wouldn’t appreciate his troops showing weakness.

Especially not after they made Lukaku their marquee signing over the summer.

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Grant gives his view

“Chelsea couldn’t stay with one striker in the squad that’s for sure, like Timo Werner,” said Grant about his former side’s transfer antics.

“They were looking for strikers and they decided on Romelu Lukaku. I’ve known him since he was young.

“He isn’t just a good player and a good finisher; he is a good character.


“No doubt he will score 15/20 goals this season, that will help Chelsea.

“I know people said they need to learn to play with him, but striker is a very unique position. You can take ten strikers in the league and each one will be different.

“The midfielders need to learn to play with him.”  

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Learning about Lukaku

Grants remarks regarding Chelsea’s requirement to appreciate Lukaku better stems from the last two losses in all competitions.

Against Manchester City and Juventus, the 28-year-old looked isolated, deprived of service from his teammates.

Even with Werner alongside up at home to City, the ex-Inter Milan attacker appeared alone.

Is this a matter of the Blues failing to connect with Lukaku, or vice versa?

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There is a case to be made for both arguments.

All that’s important to Tuchel is he gets his no.9 firing again, with help from those tasked to provide a supply line.

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