Ian Wright says Chelsea player has ‘hardly had touches’ in games he’s played this season

Ian Wright claims that Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku has “hardly had touches” in the games he’s played this season, but that he’s someone who can gobble up half chances. 

Lukaku, 28, has made the dream start since he re-signed for the Blues in the summer. 

The powerhouse striker sits on four goals in four appearances so far this season in all competitions, including his header in the Champions League against Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday. 

Pundit Wright has highlighted the fact, though, that he’s not seen much possession in games.

“Lukaku has hardly had touches in games but he’s already got four goals… Chelsea can now if it’s really tight… they’ve got the person to take the half chance,” Wright said

A breakdown of Lukaku’s in-game touches in his opening matches confirms Wright’s beliefs, with statistics taken from popular website WhoScored.com.

The Belgian had just 27 touches in the European fixture against Zenit. 

Meanwhile, his touches tally were fairly low too in Premier League matches against Aston Villa (25), Liverpool (34) and Arsenal (43).

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Lukaku can be the difference for Chelsea this season

If there was one obvious criticism of the Blues last year, it was centred around their lack of finishing. 

However, they appear to have fixed that in one signing. 

Lukaku has scored four goals from nine attempts (BBC) so far this campaign and it feels like the best is yet to come from him.

He’s not got the obstacle of adapting to the Premier League given his previous time in English football, but it’s all about building relationships on the pitch with his teammates. 

A combination is starting to appear with Cesar Azpilicueta. It’s going to be intriguing to see how he can also link up with Mason Mount and Kai Havertz around the penalty box.

Chelsea’s game is centred around getting the ball to their main attacker and it may take time to fully come to fruition. 

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