9 goals in 12 games: Romelu Lukaku has previously tormented Chelsea’s upcoming opponents Southampton

One Chelsea player that should be going into this weekend’s match against Southampton full of confidence is Romelu Lukaku, who has a great history against the South Coast club.

Lukaku has been playing in Italy during the last two years as a key figure for Inter Milan. The centre-forward hit 64 goals in 95 games for them.

However, most of his senior career so far has been played in England against Premier League opposition. 

Notably, Lukaku has scored nine goals in just 12 appearances when facing Southampton. Also, he has three assists in the contests. 

This is something that will surely stick in the Belgian striker’s mind ahead of Chelsea’s match at home to the Saints this Saturday afternoon in the Premier League. 

Interestingly, London club West Ham are the only side that Lukaku has scored more against in his entire professional career. He’s hit 11 goals in 15 matches against the Hammers. 

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Southampton defence will fear Lukaku examination

It feels like Chelsea fans have only seen a snippet of the player Lukaku has transformed into during recent years. 

He should now be able to sink his teeth into some favourable league fixtures, starting at Stamford Bridge this weekend against a Southampton team without a win this season.

Southampton’s defence has been fairly solid compared to some of their rivals around the bottom half of the table, but they may have sleepless nights knowing they’ve got Chelsea’s frontman to face.

Lukaku can use pace or strength in different ways to test centre-backs.

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Who works best in attack alongside Lukaku?

Timo Werner is one Chelsea player who can operate next to Lukaku, albeit Tony Cascarino was not impressed by the recent experiment of a front two.

Meanwhile, the likes of Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech are still coming to terms of working alongside the central figure.

Tuchel has his work cut out to find the best formula. It may be a case of trial and error.

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