BBC pundit says Chelsea player is 'lacking in confidence' after defeat to Manchester City

Leon Osman has described Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku as a player “lacking in confidence” after his display in Saturday’s defeat to Manchester City.

Chelsea slipped even further behind Premier League leaders Man City at the weekend by losing 1-0 to them at the Etihad Stadium.

Ex-Blues player Kevin De Bruyne scored the game’s only goal with a 70th minute effort from the edge of the box.

For Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, he watched his side come up short when they ventured forward into their opponent’s half. The German manager was even critical of centre-forward Lukaku for his individual performance.

28-year-old striker Lukaku wasted his golden opportunity to score when City goalkeeper Ederson saved his effort.

Osman noticed another key Lukaku moment in the first half when he turned down the option to shoot in order to attempt a forward pass to Hakim Ziyech, who turned out to be in an offside position. The BBC pundit suggests it highlights the lack of confidence the Chelsea number nine has right now.

“That’s the sign of a striker lacking in confidence, who’s trying to please people and who doesn’t really know who he is,” Osman told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Romelu Lukaku through on goal. He’d have took the strike on goal at Inter Milan.”

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Lukaku puzzle remains at Chelsea

It might be a stretch saying Lukaku’s low on confidence right now, especially because he scored in his previous two league appearances before today’s City defeat.

However, there is no doubt Tuchel still has a conundrum on how to get the best out of him.

It was a fairly ugly display from him at City where not a lot came off, but he did have moments in the final third that define a striker’s game.

He retuned to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan in the summer with the expectation on his shoulders of being a 20-plus goal a season striker, something that’s been missing at the club since Diego Costa.

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