Everyone is having their views on the Romelu Lukaku situation right now and we are seeing many mixed opinions, which is very natural.
But for me, the one guy I would like to hear from when debating the issues surrounding Lukaku not performing right now in a Chelsea shirt, is legendary striker Thierry Henry, who was one of the best to ever do it in the game.
That’s not the only reason I want to hear from him though, he is also the current Assistant Manager of Belgium, meaning he coaches Lukaku and knows him very well whilst also good friends with him. So, if anyone is qualified to speak on this, then it is Henry.
If you missed his views, this is a quote that sums it up. He also went on to say that if Lukaku is to make it at Chelsea then it is him that must adapt to the style of play rather than the other way around, which is quite telling.
“Right from the start I raised a question to myself, would he fit into this team? For Rom to adapt to the way Chelsea play, it takes time.
“They like to press, to be active and to change the front three. He likes to stay in the middle.”
– Thierry Henry on Romelu Lukaku pic.twitter.com/sgKuvVO2qZ
— Simon Phillips (@siphillipssport) February 23, 2022
He is absolutely bang on here, and we saw it last night. Without Lukaku and having Kai Havertz as a number nine, Chelsea were quicker, more fluid, and most of all, their high energetic press was just way too much for Lille to handle. We would not have been seeing the same dynamics from our front three if Lukaku was in the centre, it’s just different.
This isn’t saying Lukaku is a poor striker, because he isn’t, we’ve all see how good he can be and how many goals he has continued to bang away throughout his career. But he just isn’t really suited to how Thomas Tuchel likes to play, with plenty of intensity, desire, and loads of running and short sprints to win the ball back.
As Henry says, Lukaku prefers to stay central and doesn’t roam like Havertz does. But that is when Chelsea look their best, and that is what Tuchel likes from all his players, interchanging dynamics.
Henry sums it up by asking a perfect question, why did Chelsea sign Lukaku? It’s certainly got me thinking anyway and I’m not sure I have a good enough answer.
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