Ex-Chelsea defender Melchiot says Lukaku needs to change his game

Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot feels Romelu Lukaku needs to change his game.

Lukaku was dropped for last night’s Champions League win against Lille.

Melchiot said, “He’s a great player, I said that when Chelsea were interested in him and I will not change that opinion. He has to find the space and the freedom he’s looking for; with his back to goal, if he holds onto the ball too long, he can’t get through.

“I think he has to change his game a little bit. Kai is not that player; he’s not built that way, but I’m surprised he’s so good at turning and facing the opponent’s goal so quickly because he is so tall.

“Normally, you have a small guy. Barcelona played that system under [Pep] Guardiola, the false 9. Havertz doesn’t look like a false 9 but he is because he drops off and finds the pockets. Tuchel is building a system where if Lukaku isn’t doing what he wants him to, he can play the other guy.”

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