Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans has described it as a “pleasure” to play alongside Chelsea frontman Romelu Lukaku for Belgium.
Tielemans, who cost Premier League side Leicester £40million, is very familiar to Chelsea fans after scoring the winner against them in last season’s FA Cup final. That was quickly forgotten, though, when Thomas Tuchel’s side won the Champions League shortly after.
Leicester and Belgium midfielder Tielemans has been discussing the quality of his national teammate Lukaku, who is a real talisman for his country.
Lukaku has a stunning record of 67 goals in 100 Belgium caps and will be looking to extend that tonight in a Nations League semi-final against France.
The 28-year-old striker is a midfielder’s dream because of his ability to link up play in the final third of the pitch.
“Yes, Romelu is a really good striker. I thinks record speaks for itself, especially with the national team,” Tielemans said.
“He’s scored so many goals that I don’t know how many. I stopped counting when he was on 50 because that was an amazing record for him and for the national team.
“I’m not going to reveal all of his strengths for tomorrow’s game, but the only thing I can say is it’s a pleasure to play with a striker like Rom because he’s always sharp, always wanting to win games, and he gets us through in many moments.”
Tielemans is bang on with assessment of Chelsea ace
Leicester’s star has nailed his verdict on Lukaku.
For instance, he’s referenced the fact that the Chelsea forward so often turns up in the big moments when he puts on the Belgium shirt. He managed four goals during Euro 2020 in the summer before an exit in the quarter-finals to eventual winners Italy.
Blues supporters have seen a glimpse of that since he re-signed in the summer, bullying London rivals Arsenal back in August.
The hope now is that he can replicate that in more big fixtures now that he’s had time to settle back at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku’s international record isn’t spoken about enough
For context, Wayne Rooney is England’s all-time top goalscorer with 53.
Lukaku is already way clear of that tally and should now be entering the peak of his career, so it’s going to be interesting to see if he can push anywhere near the 100-mark.
He’s one of the best centre-forward operating in the game right now.
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