Romelu Lukaku kicked off his second Chelsea career in good form, scoring four goals in his first four matches before experiencing a little dip in form. Romelu Lukaku returned to Chelsea in the summer for a club-record fee of €115 million and has now gone four matches without scoring a goal in all competition despite his positive start to the season.
Romelu Lukaku goalscoring is never in doubt as his career records and numbers are quite impressive. He scored 64 goals and registered 16 assists in 95 appearances for Inter Milan, and has recorded a career of 263 goals in 528 appearances, averaging a goal just over every other game.
Despite starting the season well with Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku is now passing through a difficult phase at Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea are yet to fully adapt to the Belgian style of play.
In some matches in September, Romelu Lukaku has been a bystander in matches, rarely getting any chances in front of the goal which is as a result of the system at Chelsea. Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea style of play is defensive which has not benefited Lukaku but criticizing your Manager in the media is uncalled for.
Romelu Lukaku is currently with the Belgium national team preparing for their upcoming Uefa Nations League matches and recently made an interview where he indirectly criticized Chelsea's style of play.
Romelu Lukaku talked down on the impression that he is some sort of a target man whose only strength is to hold up play and poach in goals. His reactions in the interview indicated that he is unhappy with Chelsea's style of play which has hindered him from scoring as he believed the team are not playing to his potential.
Romelu Lukaku criticized those seeing him as a target man that can offer more to the team as he believes he was never a target man and can do more than just scoring goals.
In his words, he said: "The way I'm built – I'm quite big – everybody thinks I'm a sort of target man: just holding up the ball and being a goal poacher. But I've never played that way and I hate it."
Romelu Lukaku admitted that he has never played as a target man and hates the role, indirectly letting Thomas Tuchel known that he is unhappy with the Chelsea style of play. Lukaku revealed that his biggest strength is that when he is facing towards the goal, which makes him dangerous and rarely make wrong choices. Romelu Lukaku wants the team to change their style to suit him which may not go down well with Thomas Tuchel.
Thomas Tuchel has always preferred the 3-4-3 formation since he became Chelsea manager, and the formation has won him the UEFA Champions League and Super Cup title. Changing the Formation to suit Romelu Lukaku may be disastrous to the team rather Lukaku should be made to understand the formation.
Romelu Lukaku in his interview also explained what he wanted from the team.
"After I pass the ball, I know where I have to position myself in the box. I can do a bit of everything and in some games when I know there is a lot of space behind the defence, I play differently. The reason I’m so productive [in front of goal] is that I can do a bit of everything.
It is obvious Romelu Lukaku wants the coach to do more in playing to his strength but is doing it the wrong way by granting an interview to the media which indirectly criticize Thomas Tuchel's style. As the Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel is responsible for the welfare of all the players on the pitch and getting the best out of Romelu Lukaku should be his top priority.
What Thomas Tuchel should do:
Romelu Lukaku has indirectly informed Thomas Tuchel that he is unhappy with his tactics and needs the team to improve. Thomas Tuchel should as a matter of urgency slightly change his tactics to suit Romelu Lukaku's strength.
Chelsea suffered a lot in the attack last season with Timo Werner failing to live up to expectations which made the club spend heavily on Lukaku. Chelsea cannot afford to see their investment (Romelu Lukaku) going down to drain and must do everything possible to ensure Lukaku succeed at Chelsea.
One of the things, Thomas Tuchel can do to get the best of Romelu Lukaku is to adjust the formation to a 4-3-3 attacking formation with Timo Werner and Mason Mount supporting Romelu Lukaku in Attack. This formation will be effective, productive and stronger than the 3-4-3 formation.
Chelsea best formation moving forward:
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