Belgian striker Lukaku has himself to blame for Chelsea’s embarrassing moment according to former Chelsea flop, Chris Sutton.
Following his poor performance against Crystal Palace, struggling striker Belgian striker Lukaku has been savaged by a former Chelsea flop.
Hakim Ziyech’s late goal sealed the three points for the Belgian, who had only seven touches in the full 90 minutes at Selhurst Park.
It’s the latest low point in Lukaku’s miserable return to Stamford Bridge after a club-record signing from Inter Milan in the summer transfer window.
He has now gone four Premier League games without scoring, and Chelsea’s title hopes have also faded.
Chris Sutton, a former Blues flop, says Lukaku is only to blame for his ’embarrassing’ performance against Palace.
Sutton understands what it’s like to struggle for Chelsea, having scored just three goals after joining from Blackburn for a then-record fee.
And now, the Englishman has attacked Lukaku, claiming that he is solely responsible for his recent poor form.
“I had ever finished a game having had only seven touches of the ball, I’d feel embarrassed walking back into that training ground,” Sutton told the Daily Mail.
“For a striker to come out of 90 minutes with that sorry statistic screams ‘I’m hiding and there’s no escaping that for Romelu Lukaku.
“Maybe he will blame a lack of service, but that’s only part of the problem. If Lukaku wanted to touch the ball more than seven times against Crystal Palace, he could have done.
“He could have made better movements. He could have made it impossible for his team-mates to ignore him.”
Sutton also accused the Belgian of all but giving up as his move back to Chelsea threatens to fall apart.
“Lukaku’s body language at Manchester United was often questioned and watching his performance on Saturday suggested he isn’t going out of his way to make this move work, either,” he added.
“Centre forwards create their own luck. I felt bad for my Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli. He convinced the club to invest in me but when the goals don’t flow, confidence is low.
“You second guess yourself, but I can say I never stopped trying to get on the ball and do what they signed me to do.”
Lukaku is expected to keep his starting spot for the visit of Lille in the Champions League on Tuesday, but Sutton does not believe a good performance against the French champions will ease any concerns.