Thomas Tuchel says that Chelsea ace Romelu Lukaku “loves to train”, as well as adding that he fits into a unique category of striker.
Blues manager Tuchel has had a small amount time working with summer signing Lukaku, who has already made a sizeable impact on his return to Stamford Bridge this season.
The 28-year-old forward has quickly established himself in the XI and is already raising the standards in attack.
He’s scored four goals in four appearances so far this season, including in Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League group stages.
Chelsea signed the Belgium international in the summer for £97.5million with the hope that he could add an extra clinical touch in the final third.
Tuchel explains that Lukaku is in the rare group of forwards that can be ruthless if they get a couple of chances each game. He was keen to stress the work he does behind the scenes, too.
“The performance for Romelu was not easy [against Zenit], we did not create many chances for him, we did not create many deliveries, but he is the type of guy who does not lose confidence and belief, and that’s why he’s here and that makes him a world-class striker,” Tuchel said.
“You don’t find many strikers of that quality and the guys who really score regularly for their teams are so, so important because the goal changes the whole momentum of the match. It gives the whole team a lot of belief to know that maybe one half-chance or one chance is enough to make him score.”
Romelu Lukaku now the ultimate professional
It’s obvious that Lukaku is now back playing in England as the finished article.
He’s polished up his game during his two-year spell with Inter Milan and he now ticks every box needed to be a world-class striker.
Chelsea’s prayers have been answered to give them a clinical goal machine on the pitch, but he’s the overall package that appears to have already settled in as a leader.
He has raised his individual standards each year and deserves immense credit for the player he’s moulded himself into.
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