Ian Wright claims one Chelsea player is 'literally impossible' for opposition teams to play against

Ian Wright backed Romelu Lukaku to easily reintegrate himself into the Chelsea starting XI following his return from injury.

Speaking on The Kelly and Wright Show, Wright had little doubts that would Lukaku find the transition from the treatment table to first-team regular pretty straightforward.

The Belgian hasn’t kicked a ball competitively since damaging his ankle against Malmo over a month ago.

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Blues in cruise control

Seven games have gone past for the striker to sit back and watch his colleagues get to work.


And get to work they most certainly have.

Some feared that Chelsea would struggle to score in the absence of their leading centre-forward.

How wrong they were.

In those seven Lukaku-less fixtures, Thomas Tuchel’s men have scored 20 goals, including the 7-0 demolition of Norwich City and Tuesday’s 4-0 Champions League triumph at home to Juventus.

Grabbing the goals certainly hasn’t been an issue.

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Could the number nine actually negatively impact such an efficient run?

Rom’s return

Prior to his injury, Lukaku had gone seven club matches without finding the back of the net.

However, Wright reassured the 28-year-old that every player in his position goes through rough patches in their career.

“You do go through spells where it doesn’t happen for you, whatever reason. You miss chances, chances aren’t coming,” said the former Arsenal man.

“When you look at Chelsea and the chances they are making… it’s like Harry Kane’s situation.

“If you put Harry Kane in a situation and you make sure the chances are coming, he’ll score them. I think Romelu is the same.

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“No striker is immune to going through that spell.

“Watching him against Arsenal, watching him in some of those games, watching the ball go into him, the way he knows his body now, it’s literally impossible to play against.

“You can only see him going back into that team and adding to it.

“And he probably can’t wait to get back in it because he’s seen how many chances are being created and he will be on the end of those.

“I don’t really worry for him.”

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Lukaku could announce his recovery in poetic style on the weekend when Chelsea host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

There must be some bad blood between the Belgian and his old employers, with revenge surely on the mind.

What a way to reintroduce yourself by dousing the Red Devils in front of a roaring South-West London crowd.

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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.