Tuchel insists Chelsea star has not lost his goal-scoring instinct
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel insisted that Romelu Lukaku will eventually reach the number of goals expected from him by the end of the season amid the striker’s poor goal-scoring form.
Lukaku has only had five goals in the Premier League this season. This is far below what the club and the fans would expect from their record signing.
Obviously, he had a one-month injury absence along with a one-week Covid-19 isolation period, which clearly had an impact.
However, the 28-year-old has failed to score in his last four games and some people have begun questioning whether Tuchel’s using him as a target man simply hinders the striker.
Bear in mind, Lukaku scored over 20 goals in each of the two seasons he was at Inter Milan.
Even prior to that, he still managed to rack up 12 goals in his last season at Manchester United in 2018/19.
Tuchel is clearly aware of the situation.
“I can watch football games and I can see where Romelu plays and how he plays and how Inter play. I would say it is not rocket science,” the German told the reporters on Saturday (via Chelsea’s Fifth Stand app).
“We have a pretty clear picture of what Romelu can do, can offer to our game, and how we want to include him into our game. We can clearly improve that.”
The Chelsea manager went on to compare Lukaku’s situation to Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Kane’s dry patch earlier in the season.
“In the end, he [Kane] is what he is. He’s a goalscorer,” he added.
“I don’t know it, but I assume he did this for the whole of his career.
“You just have it, and you will never lose it.
“These guys [Lukaku and Kane] will, at the end of a season, have a certain amount of goals.
“Why? Because they proved it. This is simply what they do.”
Lukaku, as Tuchel pointed out, is still an elite goalscorer, and he has shown that this season despite the inconsistency.
He might just need more time to adapt to Tuchel’s system, but some of the criticism is also justified. He was brought in to make an immediate impact and so far, he has yet to meet the expectation.