Tim Sherwood said Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku must tear up the “flat-track bully” reputation and prove himself against top sides regardless of teammates’ performances.
The 28-year-old ended his five-game goalless streak in Belgium’s defeat to France in the UEFA Nations League semi-final.
It suggests that he is clearly capable of scoring against top sides. Sherwood, interestingly, questioned why the striker failed to do so in the last few games for Chelsea.
“Romelu has to do it against the big teams. For me, it’s still a question mark on him,” the former Aston Villa manager told Premier League Productions (via Optus Sport).
“I think he’s fantastic. He takes them [Chelsea] to another level and is better than the players they had in that position.
“But he’s a flat-track bully.
“He’s someone who rolls over the lesser teams.”
Sherwood pointed out how Manchester City completely nullified the Belgium international at Stamford Bridge last month.
A player of his calibre, Sherwood argued, should be able to create goalscoring opportunities regardless of his teammates’ performances.
“If we’re making excuses, he [Lukaku] didn’t do it because the service wasn’t there,” he added.
“[But] top, top-draw players, find a way to do it.”
It is rather unfair to put the Manchester City defeat on Lukaku’s shoulder, given how Pep Guardiola’s men outplayed the home side.
Lukaku himself recently spoke about becoming the target man in a team limits his productivity. It might have been an admission about his recent role at Chelsea.
His individual performances aside, having some of his Chelsea teamates have also underperformed. Tuchel pointed out that Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech are “not in their best shape”, and it clearly did not help Lukaku’s situation either.