Thomas Tuchel backs Romelu Lukaku to start scoring again for Chelsea

Thomas Tuchel backs Romelu Lukaku to follow Harry Kane’s example and is confident Chelsea’s record signing will start scoring again

  • Romelu Lukaku has struggled for form under Thomas Tuchel so far this season
  • The Belgian became the Blues’ record signing in the summer
  • But he has scored only eight goals so far and looked far from his best
  • Tuchel is confident Lukaku will return to form just as Harry Kane has done
  • German dropped Lukaku following an interview prior to the Liverpool game 

Thomas Tuchel says his ailing centre forward Romelu Lukaku will emulate Harry Kane and rediscover his form because he is a born goalscorer.

The £97.5m record signing has struggled for a regular first-team place under Tuchel with just eight goals this season and was dropped after an interview deemed to be disruptive prior to the Liverpool game, for which Lukaku subsequently apologised. 

With Kane now seemingly back to his best for Spurs and with Chelsea facing their London rivals on Sunday, Tuchel drew a comparison between the England striker’s poor form at the start of the season and his own centre forward.

Thomas Tuchel believes Romelu Lukaku will start scoring again soon after a difficult period

Tuchel said: ‘I remember when there were a lot of critics for Harry Kane at the beginning of the season. But in the end, he is what he is. He’s a goalscorer.

‘I think if you are a scorer at this level, you must have been scoring goals from six-years old. 

‘You just have it and he will never lose it and it’s the same for Romelu.

 The Belgium striker was unable to find the net against Manchester City or Brighton

He was replaced with 10 minutes to go as Chelsea searched for a winner in a draw at Brighton

‘These guys, at the end of the season, they will have a certain amount of goals. Why? 

‘Because they have proved this is what they do. It’s simply what they do.’

Lukaku thrived at Serie A winners Inter last season, under today’s opposing manager Antonio Conte, scoring 47 goals in 72 games.

Tuchel said he had studied how Inter played in a bid to get the best out of Lukaku. 

‘Yes, we’ve talked about this. 

‘I watch football games and I can see where he plays, how he plays and the way Inter play.’ 

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