Romelu Lukaku has named three key players of his Chelsea Player he wants to play with in Today’s Premier League Clash as they meet with Tottenham.
Romelu Lukaku has looked every bit the £97.5million striker since his return to Chelsea from Inter Milan.
The Belgian has become an integral part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans — combining superb hold-up play with clinical finishing.
But with Olivier Giroud heading to AC Milan and Tammy Abraham joining Jose Mourinho’s Roma revolution, the Blues may have left themselves short of options up front.
Ahead of today’s London derby showdown against Tottenham, we look at the potential impact a Lukaku injury could have on Chelsea and how Tuchel might cope in his absence.
Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge in January sparked Chelsea into life and the Blues shot up the Premier League table as well as bringing home the Champions League.
The German tactician’s switch to a back three shored up their defence while still seeing his side create a host of chances.
But Chelsea underperformed their expected goals (xG) by 10.66 over the course of the 2020-21 season and Lukaku, 28, was brought in to start finishing opportunities.
The returning frontman took just 15 minutes to get off the mark in his second spell at the club as he netted in the opening-day win over Arsenal, following up that effort with a double against Aston Villa and the winner in the clash with Zenit.
Lukaku — who already boasts two man-of-the-match awards this season — has also been adept at holding up play and occupying centre-back, allowing the likes of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech to thrive.