Romelu Lukaku has spoken out on his preferred position and play style after former Inter Milan and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said the Belgian is not being used properly by Thomas Tuchel. Lukaku, who played under Antonio Conte at Inter Milan scored 64 goals in 95 games before moving to Chelsea for a club record fee of £97.5m in the summer.
Having started off with a bang in the opening three games, Lukaku has not scored in his last five games across all competitions. Lukaku was rarely involved in the game play during Chelsea’s defeats to Manchester City and Juventus, which prompted the former Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte to claim that the Belgian was not being used properly by Tuchel.
The Italian said “I don’t think Chelsea have quite figured out how to use him yet. He is a very specific striker. Bringing Lukaku into the box, he is dangerous. However, when he starts from midfield, he is incredibly quick.It is very difficult to find a player who is both a target man but can also run from midfield.”
On asked about Conte’s views about Lukaku, Tuchel said “He was obviously not on the telly after the Tottenham game. I don’t feel offended, he has every right. He is in the TV studio. I even saw it while I was showering before the match in the hotel.”
“I saw him talking about us and I saw all the pictures between Romelu and our players from the Tottenham game. They were talking about the link-up play from Romelu, and how strong he is and how much he scored so they were praising him.”
“I can see it but it is not a Romelu Lukaku problem.”
Lukaku, who is currently on international duty with Belgium has now provided his opinion on how he likes to play. The striker suggested that he would like to playing facing the goal rather than being a target man. He added “The way I’m built – I’m quite big – everybody thinks I’m a sort of target man: just holding up the ball and being a goal poacher.”
“But I’ve never played that way and I hate it. My biggest strength is that I’m dangerous when I’m facing towards the goal, because that’s when I rarely make wrong choices. After I pass the ball, I know where I have to position myself in the box. I can do a bit of everything and in some games when I know there is a lot of space behind the defence, I play differently.”
“The reason I’m so productive [in front of goal] is because I can do a bit of everything.“