Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has suggested that the rest of his squad can take pointers from Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic when it comes to linking up with Blues frontman Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku, 28, has joined the Blues squad this season to provide a focal point in attack.
The Belgian centre-forward has made a fairly decent start to show he’s an upgrade in the final third, but it feels like chemistry with some teammates is understandably still a work in progress.
Tuchel has been discussing Lukaku in his Friday press conference ahead of the weekend’s Premier League game against Southampton.
He feels Mount and Kovacic are the only Chelsea players currently on his wavelength. It’s no coincidence that the duo often try to get the ball forward quickly either through dribbling or passing.
“I think that football right now is about connections, Romelu I feel has a strong connection with Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic,” Tuchel said.
“They look for each other and have an understanding, everybody else maybe lacks it a bit so they need to learn and understand and adapt, create better of course.”
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Lukaku has four goals in eight appearances this season in all competitions for Chelsea, which may be a tally he’s a little disappointed with.
However, Tuchel’s side are now preparing for a run of fixtures that should make the centre-forward smile.
Southampton, Brentford, Norwich City, Newcastle United and Burnley are the club’s next five games in the Premier League schedule. As it stands, four of those five teams occupy the bottom five.
If Chelsea get anywhere near their best, Lukaku should have an absolute field day against the upcoming opponents.
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For Lukaku, he’s had some time now adjusting to life with new teammates and trying to get to grips on the pitch with relationships.
Pulisic, 23, is someone, though, who’s had to watch on from the stands due to his injury.
The American attacker looks like on paper the exact kind of player that would work effectively off of a strong striker like Lukaku, so that’s something to keep an eye out for when they finally play together.
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