Hakim Ziyech’s late volley was sufficient for Chelsea to safe a slender 1-0 win in opposition to Crystal Palace on Saturday, however the efficiency of Romelu Lukaku has been known as into query by Alan Shearer.
Recent from their FIFA Membership World Cup success. there was an expectation that Thomas Tuchel’s facet could be filled with confidence in south London.
However the sport appeared destined to complete 0-0 till Ziyech emerged within the 89th minute to volley residence a winner. Nonetheless, it was a efficiency that raised extra questions than it answered.
As soon as once more, a lot of them centred round record-signing Lukaku – and the way he was used in opposition to Patrick Vieira’s facet. The Belgian scored twice within the United Arab Emirates however was on the periphery within the Premier League conflict.
The 28-year-old struggled badly to affect the sport as soon as once more, mustering simply seven touches all through on the sport – one in every of which was from kick-off – and it left Shearer baffled.
“One contact, apart from the kick-off within the first-half. One,” he mentioned of Lukaku’s show on Match of the Day.
“There’s positively not an understanding there of what he needs, what he wants. He is truly stopped working at occasions as a result of the ball shouldn’t be coming in.
“There’s quite a few examples of that right this moment. I imply, seven touches within the sport is totally unbelievable.”
Shearer then pointed to quite a few incidents within the match the place Lukaku ought to have demanded the ball and made runs but additionally the place the likes of Kai Havertz, N’Golo Kante and Malang Sarr ought to have discovered the striker a lot earlier.
Gary Lineker then questioned whether or not the issue lies in Lukaku’s lack of motion within the center or his teammate’s lack of incision.
“It’s kind of of each. He is bought to be demanding that,” Shearer replied.
“There isn’t any level paying [£97.5million] when you’re not going to play to your ahead’s power. It is very irritating.
“It is clear that they don’t seem to be engaged on issues on the coaching floor as a result of they don’t seem to be doing it within the sport for him or for the workforce.”
Lineker himself weighed into the controversy and spoke from expertise, saying: “I do not learn about you two, however I do know once I performed, if I wasn’t getting a lot of the ball or a lot service, I might be hammering them. You’d give folks a tough time.”