Romelu Lukaku is simply a ‘functional, DULL’ player – and Chelsea are NOT to blame for their £98m striker going five games without a goal, says West Ham legend Paolo Di Canio

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  • Romelu Lukaku made a good start for Chelsea but this time the goal is in dry condition
  • The Belgian joined the club from Inter Milan back in August for £98m
  • He has not scored in his last five matches and has been criticized by Paolo Di Canio.
  • Italian said Lukaku is a ‘functional’ player who fits into a certain type of system

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According to Paolo Di Canio, Romelu Lukaku is a ‘functional and lethargic’ player and it is not Chelsea’s fault that the striker has gone five games without a goal.

The West Ham legend has criticized the Blues’ £98million summer signing for their recent dry spell and is clearly not impressed with Belgium.

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At the Sky Calcio club show, Di Canio, 53, said: ‘I heard (Giuseppe) Bergomi comparing (Napoli striker Victor) Osimhene and Lukaku. But Osimhen has a different soul, he is not as dull as him.

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Thomas Tuchel brings down Romelu Lukaku against Brentford and looks desperate

Paolo Di Canio said he thinks Lukaku is a 'sluggish and functional player' during a TV performance

Paolo Di Canio said he thinks Lukaku is a ‘sluggish and functional player’ during a TV performance

When the difficulty increased, he did not score a goal in five games with Chelsea. And it’s not Chelsea’s fault, they are first (on the table) without their goals.

Di Canio, who played more than 100 times for West Ham and scored 47 goals for the club, compared Lukaku to Udini’s target man Fernando Llorente, 36.

‘Lukaku doesn’t score. Lukaku is a functional player, as was Llorente (Antonio) Conte’s Juve.

‘Even though Lukaku is stronger than Lorrente. Lukaku is functional for a certain type of game.’

Lukaku may so far prove to be the difference maker for Chelsea in helping them win the title this season but is struggling after a promising start.

Lukaku cut a frustrated man for the Blues at Brentford but they went on to win 1–0.

Lukaku cut a frustrated man for the Blues at Brentford but they went on to win 1–0.

He secured a blank again in a 1–0 win over Brentford over the weekend and his final goal for the Stamford Bridge club in the Premier League was on 11 September.

Thomas Tuchel insists he is not concerned about Lukaku’s lack of cutting edge in recent weeks. He defended the striker after Brentford’s win, saying: ‘I’m not worried because I made him feel a little tired, and then isolated because we were defending too deep as a block.

‘I made him feel a little tired. Overall we produced a very strong 60 to 75 minutes including Romelu and Timo (Werner).

Both Romelu and Timo were there to help us escape the pressure. That was the problem, but I’m not worried.

‘Usually the best thing he does is scores but he is very selfless at the moment, looking for Timo in good conditions.

Lukaku will have another chance to break his drought against Malmö on Wednesday

Lukaku will have another chance to break his drought against Malmö on Wednesday

‘And we put him in position (to score), it was a close offside decision.’

Lukaku’s international manager Roberto Martínez also recently felt inspired to defend the forward, arguing: ‘His time in Italy with Inter Milan gave him another degree of maturity and it was a great part of his career. moment and the most outstanding thing about him is his goal scoring.

‘Their conversion rate is exceptional. Look at his goals, he is already the record scorer for the national team, and you will get the best out of him when you put him in those positions.

Lukaku will be likely to score a goal if Chelsea’s Champions League match against Malmö is allowed on Wednesday night.

The fiery and extremely talented Di Canio was a legend at West Ham from 1999-2003

The fiery and extremely talented Di Canio was a legend at West Ham from 1999-2003

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