Romelu Lukaku had just seven touches of the ball against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon and both Gary Lineker and Rio Ferdinand questioned their Chelsea teammates
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The Belgian striker has only seven touches of the ball in Chelsea’s time Premier League game against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, setting a new record low.
Speaking during the match of the day, the former England striker Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer questioned Thomas Tuchel’s side not creating enough opportunities for Lukaku.
“When I’m playing, if I don’t get a lot of balls, if I don’t get service, I’ll hit me with a hammer,” Lineker insisted.
Lukaku has had a difficult time at Stamford Bridge since re-signing with Chelsea last August, scoring just five Premier League goals.
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Talk about him Vibe with Five podcast, Ferdinand criticized Lukaku’s teammates for not creating more opportunities for the striker.
Lukaku has a stellar record in front of goal, scoring more than 300 times for club and country during his career.
Ferdinand said: “I agree with Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer, if anyone sees their comments. “If I were Lukaku, I would go crazy.
“[I would be saying] get me that ball, go wide and cross for me, play in the back when you get the chance, play to my taste.
“I think that’s probably the biggest problem you have with Chelsea at the moment – what’s their best team? I don’t think Tuchel knows his best team at the moment.
“He wants to get a player worth £100m – that’s understandable – in Lukaku and he has a bit of a bad taste in terms of goals.
“They have to figure out how to play to his strengths. Lukaku’s strengths… what are they? He’s a fox in the box.
“You get that ball in the box and if it fell on him at any moment he’d put it away. He’s shown that he’s been everywhere throughout his career.
“You cross that he can finish, he likes the ball being played in the back to run, to level his way over.
“I just don’t feel at the moment they’ve played to those strengths that have made him a £100m player.
“If you were in that situation [where you’re not getting the ball] you will go, ‘I have to find the ball, I have to touch.’
“But sometimes to improve the team and what the manager wants to be is that focal point and keep the two defenders occupied by staying on the pitch.
“The moment you start to come back and put more players in that midfield, the manager will say: ‘You’re messing with what we’re trying to do.’
“You have to sacrifice your own game.
“I feel that’s what he’s doing sometimes, he’s sacrificing his own goals to improve the team, which is affecting his stats on which he’s judged.”
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