'A bit slow': Martin Keown's theory on Romelu Lukaku form at Chelsea

Martin Keown has suggested that Chelsea frontman Romelu Lukaku has taken a bit longer rediscovering his form and fitness because of his size.

Lukaku, 28, is a powerhouse striker with a great physical presence that can see him bully defenders in the Premier League. However, don’t be fooled because he’s got real speed to match his physicality.

The Belgium internatonal missed several games between October and November with an ankle problem and has had a slow reintroduction to the team.

He’s made four consecutive substitute appearances in the Premier League as manager Thomas Tuchel looks to slowly integrate him back in, failing to score in any of them. Unfortunately, he missed this week’s game against Everton after a positive Covid-19 test.

Keown believes that Lukaku’s size has impacted the rate of his return to form. It will be interesting to see how long it takes him to get back in the starting XI when he’s available again, too.


“Lukaku’s been a big miss with this injury. It’s taken him a really long time to get back. He’s a big guy. These bigger chaps sometimes take longer to find their feet… It’s been a bit slow,” Keown said.

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Chelsea really missing Lukaku

Lukaku scored three goals in his opening three appearances of the league season and he’s got a remarkable CV to prove he can be a big success in English football.

However, it’s a difficult period for him right now where both injuries and illness have impacted him in the first half of the campaign.

The Blues signed him from Inter Milan in the summer because they desperately lacked a prolific goalscorer, so the same problems are cropping up in recent times without him.

There are goal contributions from around the squad, especially Mason Mount, but it’s difficult without a reliable source of goals.

Chelsea fans will feel a lot more optimistic if they can get Lukaku back fit and firing in the New Year.

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