'What an addition': Reece James delivers his verdict on Romelu Lukaku's second debut for Chelsea

Reece James absolutely loved the way Romelu Lukaku towered over Arsenal’s centre-backs yesterday during his Chelsea homecoming.

Speaking to Premier League Productions after his side’s 2-0 victory at the Emirates on Sunday, James gave a glowing review of Lukaku’s dominant display.

Both players were on target against their London adversary, with the respective finishes typical of their individual nature.

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Lukaku relaunched his Chelsea career thanks to a simple tap-in from six yards, following fine approach work that involved making a mockery of Pablo Mari.


He was provided by a precise cross from James, who grabbed a goal for himself just 20 minutes later.

The 21-year-old smashed his effort hard and high into Bernd Leno’s net, giving the Gunners goalkeeper zero hope of denying the shot.

School ground bully

Whilst the full-back had a fine afternoon, the day belonged to Lukaku, who would probably pay good money to play against Arsenal every weekend.

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“What an addition to our team, to have such a focal striker like that,” said James about Chelsea’s new no.9.

“Everyone’s seen today how powerful he is. When he gets a chance, he finishes.

“I think he’s shown how he bullies players today.

“I can’t really think of any players like him in the world, how strong and powerful. Everyone he just comes up against he just bullies.”

Unfortunately for Mari, he was the latest victim of Lukaku’s mauling.

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No matter how tight he got, or how much he hassled the striker, he simply could not get close to the ball.

Not one renowned for his strength, the Spaniard shrunk in stature compared to his opponent’s muscular frame.

Mari is not the first, and he certainly won’t be the last, player to face Lukaku’s wrath.

However, the Arsenal man is now the pin-up boy for how not to try and contain Chelsea’s centre-forward.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.