Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood feels Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku needs to up his game against the top Premier League teams.
Lukaku, 28, is now back for a second stint at Stamford Bridge after leaving in the summer of 2014. He enjoyed spells at Everton, Manchester United and Inter Milan before returning to west London in the summer. Things began well for the Belgium international, with four goals in as many game early in the campaign.
But his production has now stalled and he has not scored since finding the net in September’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Zenit. The former Anderlecht ace has scored wherever he has played.
He has 255 from 517 appearances in all competitions. But Sherwood has questioned how many of those have come against the big boys, using a cricket analogy to back up his point.
“Romelu has to do it against the big teams, for me, it’s still a question mark on him,” he told Optus Sport, per football.london. “I think he’s fantastic. He takes them to another level and he’s better than the players they had in that position. But he’s a flat-track bully.
“He’s someone who rolls over the lesser teams, he scores multiples against the lesser teams. He needs to go and do it against the Liverpools.”
Salah an example to Lukaku
It is not only Lukaku’s form that has been questioned in recent weeks. A few pundits have questioned whether manager Thomas Tuchel is using the powerful hitman in the current manner.
He struggled to make much of an impact against Liverpool and Manchester City. Sherwood is a big fan of the man with 101 Belgium caps. But he feels he should take a leaf out of Mohamed Salah’s book.
“I still think he’s one of the best strikers in world football but I’d really like to see him do it against the top sides,” he added. “Let us not make excuses. We’re making excuses. He didn’t do it against Manchester City because the service wasn’t there. Top drawer players find a way to do it.
“Look at Mo Salah, he’s a perfect example. He turns up against Man City – produces that finish. He turns up against the big teams.”
Despite Lukaku’s dip in form, the Blues sit top of the Premier League table after seven games. Next up is a local derby as Tuchel takes his charges to face Brentford next Saturday.