‘I will not be surprised’: Pat Nevin predicts Chelsea player will score at least once against Leeds tomorrow

Pat Nevin has backed Romelu Lukaku to get on the score sheet again for Chelsea against Leeds United on Wednesday evening.

Writing for the club website, Nevin predicted another possible brace for the Belgian, after he doubled up at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.

Lukaku was so close to being Chelsea’s saviour

It looked for all the world that Lukaku had become the Stamford Bridge hero, rather than the villain he’s quite often been made out to be this season.

The striker scored twice in 120 seconds, once from the penalty spot and another with a guided effort from outside of the area.

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Almost a sense of relief rung around the stadium when the second struck the net.

None more so than from the players, who have largely suffered lately, a backlash from a culmination of internal issues.

They all huddled around their centre-forward, aware of the personal trials and tribulations he’s been going through recently.

But those celebrations soon turned into cursed words.

Wolves slashed Chelsea’s advantage with under a quarter of an hour remaining and then equalised in the 97th minute to make it a much happier trip back to Molineux.

Another set of points dropped for Thomas Tuchel, who is still staring at the potentially problematic scenario of losing Champions League status for next year.

On a positive note, at least his number nine reminded everyone that form is only temporary.  

Will Lukaku hit Leeds where it hurts?

Lukaku will be looking to increase his tally tomorrow night at Elland Road, a feat expected to happen by Nevin.

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“I will not be surprised if Romelu Lukaku gets another shot at grabbing the headlines, as well as another goal or two,” prophesised the former winger.

“Many strikers exist on confidence as much as they do oxygen and those two goals at the Bridge will have had a spectacular effect on the big man.

“He, like everyone else is playing for a starting berth at the weekend as well as that top-four spot and the big-name players love nothing more than turning up for the big games and making a big impact.”

That starting berth in question is for the FA Cup final on Saturday, setting up a fourth meeting this campaign with Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp has yet to taste defeat against his compatriot in the quartet of contests.

Yet, if Lukaku can lace up his shooting boots for the next two fixtures, then Tuchel might be able to get one over his fellow German and add another trophy to the collection.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.