With Romelu Lukaku’s first week of work back at Chelsea’s Cobham Training Ground well underway, the Belgian striker will look to make his second debut for the Blues against rivals Arsenal in the club’s second league game of the season.
Chelsea bought the No.9 from Serie A winners Inter, after they originally let him go to Everton back in 2014. The club felt pressure from the fans to sign a striker following Timo Werner’s shaky start in a Blues jersey during their 2020/21 campaign.
In his press conference this week, Thomas Tuchel announced that Lukaku should be ready to make his first Chelsea appearance since 2014 against the Gunners.
“We will prepare him to be ready for Arsenal and hopefully he can be on the pitch”, Tuchel told the media.
“We got the number one striker in and we want to have him on the pitch, this is very clear.”
What can we expect from Lukaku?
The west London club seemed fine for goals in their opening game of the 2021/22 season against Crystal Palace, securing a 3-0 victory with strikes from Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic and Trevoh Chalobah.
But, fans can expect Lukaku to bring a classic striker’s presence to the side, following their lack of one in recent seasons.
“He likes to play physical and he is comfortable playing with his back towards the goal, but he is also very, very strong in using his speed and pace,”, Tuchel said of the Belgian.
This could prove dangerous against an Arsenal side whose defence was heavily criticised following their shock 2-0 loss to newly promoted Brentford in their opening Premier League game.