Chris Sutton: Romelu Lukaku was bullied by Chelsea defence

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku has been blasted for his performance vs Chelsea by Chris Sutton’s in the former striker’s latest column for the Daily Mail.

The Belgian forward didn’t manage to score against his former side, extending his recent goal drought even further as United fans begin to be concerned of his performances.

Despite his lack of goals, manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that Lukaku should be undroppable especially as he gives everything for the team.

Romelu started his career at Old Trafford brightly with plenty of goals to satisfy any supporter but has since fizzled out, mirroring his team’s recent dip in form.

Sutton disagrees with Mourinho’s assessment earlier and thought that the former Everton man give everything for the team vs Chelsea.

Chris wrote in the Daily Mail: “At 6ft 3in, Romelu Lukaku is one of the most physically imposing forwards in the Premier League.

“Yet he was bullied all afternoon by Andreas Christensen — on only his fourth league start for Chelsea — and Cesar Azpilicueta who is almost half a foot shorter.

“The accusation levelled at Lukaku is that he does not turn up for the big games. I do not like calling players out for a lack of effort but on this evidence, it is hard to argue.”

Sutton’s harsh comments are a little uncalled for and falls under the strange narrative recently developing that Lukaku isn’t a big game player.

Yes the striker isn’t in the best form of his life but he has been heavily overworked and spells of goalless games are to be expected.

Strikers typically go through peaks and troughs more than any other outfield position and goalscoring runs are not a rare occurrence.

The goal-a-game expectation is unrealistic, particularly for a man who’s just made the switch to Old Trafford and should be allowed a period of transition.

Most footballers who move clubs either transition slowly from the start or hit the ground running but soon need to be transitioned and eased into things once more.

Jose doesn’t have the luxury of dropping Lukaku, particularly with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba’s absence but either way, one can expect this goalless drought to end soon.

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