Lukaku will be making his second appearance for the Blues, having left the club than a decade ago as a teenager. He scored on his second debut against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium to kick-start the new season.
Romelu Lukaku went on to score three more goals in his first four appearances for the club, against Aston Villa and Zenit Saint Petersburg, for a total of four goals in his first four outings. The club management, coach, teammates, and supporters were all pleased by the Belgian international's outstanding start, which evoked comparisons to club great Didier Drogba.
Soon after, however, the striker embarked on a four-game goalless streak. Since his debut, Chelsea has only managed to win four points out of a possible twelve in those games in which he has failed to score.
Chelsea and Liverpool drew 1-1 in their match, with Kai Havertz scoring the sole goal for the blues before being replaced in the second half. The Blues triumphed 3-0 against Tottenham, with the striker going scoreless, and it was also the only game in which they got all three points without Lukaku scoring.
Chelsea only had one shot on goal against Manchester City and Juventus, leaving Lukaku with no goal and condemning them to two consecutive defeats.
Last season, despite their forwards (Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud, and Tammy Abraham) misfiring, Chelsea looked like a team to defeat even without Lukaku.
This was because the team's scoring was spread out, making it difficult for the opponent to discern their style of play. This style of play is also unique to Liverpool and Manchester City, as each player contributes to the team's goals.
Chelsea's reliance on Lukaku is already proving to be a source of frustration for the team, as whether he is injured or out of form, the entire team falters.
Lukaku is in Chelsea to fulfill his statutory role as a striker, not to be the only carrier of the club's burden, and therefore his presence should be a benefit to the team. If the Chelsea wants to finish the season on a strong note both domestically and in Europe, they must recognize this as soon as possible.
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