Romelu Lukaku thinks that he’s already developing a “good understanding” with Chelsea teammate Cesar Azpilicueta.
Lukaku was only signed from Inter Milan a little over a month ago, but feels there is already a combination forming with Blues club captain Azpilicueta.
Aged 28, Lukaku is a centre-forward in the prime of his career right now and he’s back at Stamford Bridge with unfinished business.
The Belgian striker has four goals in four games since returning, so it’s been a dream start to the new campaign.
Intriguingly, 32-year-old centre-back Azpilicueta has assisted two of his goals already.
Firstly, he played a clever pass to Lukaku on the edge of the box to set up him scoring in the Premier League victory against Aston Villa. He followed that up on Tuesday night with a floated cross for the striker to head in during the Champions League win over Zenit St Petersburg.
“It was a beautiful ball in from Cesar [against Zenit],” Lukaku said.
“I think we have a good understanding, we both know what positions to take up and what areas to put the deliveries into. I knew he would put in the right sort of cross, I just had to get my timing right and find the corner.”
Lukaku-Azpilicueta combination a key weapon for Chelsea
Azpilicueta’s quality on the ball is somewhat underrated, so opponents can often fall into the trap of allowing him time on the ball.
The £150,000-a-week Spaniard picks up brilliant positions as the right-sided centre-back and he’s now got a target man to try pick out in the penalty box with his crosses.
Former Blues striker Alvaro Morata benefited off Azpilicueta’s crossing in the past. Therefore, it’s easy to see why a similar partnership can form with Lukaku.
If Chelsea’s players get room out wide, they shouldn’t be afraid to try whip in an early cross.
Lukaku has developed his game to prove he can score all types of goals, but he remains a physical presence in the penalty area that can net old fashioned headers.
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