Chelsea Head Coach Thomas Tuchel has praised Belgian international Romelu Lukaku, who is on the verge of rejoining Chelsea from Inter Milan. The Belgian will join Chelsea for a club record transfer fee of £97.5m after he completed his medicals in Milan.
Speaking to reporters ahead of Chelsea’s Super Cup match against Villarreal, Tuchel admitted Chelsea will benefit from Lukaku’s presence up front against the defenders. He added “We lost Olivier Giroud who played a crucial role in the club. He was the kind of profile who likes to play with his back to goal, who likes to hold up balls, who creates space for Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic; who is ready to fight physically with defenders.”
“This is the kind of profile that we don’t have in our squad right now and that we are looking for. It’s still not the moment to talk about names because we have nobody signed yet and we will show all the respect to other clubs.”
“Romelu is one of the guys like Haaland at Dortmund, Robert Lewandowski at Bayern, Harry Kane at Tottenham, who is a real number nine who loves to score and who has a presence in the box. That is not a secret. But [his] is the kind of profile we’re looking for and if it is possible to convince agents and clubs we will do our best.”
Timo Werner, who had a disappointing first season at Chelsea insists Lukaku is one of the best strikers in the world. The German added “He’s probably one of the best three strikers in the world at the moment, no question. I don’t think we need to say too much about him. He’s a world-class striker who will benefit any team. I certainly think at Leipzig it always helped me having a big striker alongside me.”
“I think that’s always good because I’m not the biggest and when you play on your own up front you obviously always have the attention of one or two brawny defenders. It’s a good new weapon to have in our game when you know that if you play a long ball he’ll hold it up. And then the fast players around him can set off. I think that’s good for any team.”