Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku says he has everything and hates target man label

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Romelu Lukaku hates being labelled a target man and has insisted that he has far more to his repertoire in a stinging defence of his style. Chelsea landed the Belgian in a blockbuster £97.5million transfer from Inter Milan and he has settled in well in his second spell at Stamford Bridge. 

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel was insistent that Chelsea add an elite goalscorer to their squad during the summer transfer window.  

Tuchel sensationally guided the West Londoners to Champions League success last term after replacing Frank Lampard in January. He also lifted the club from ninth to fourth in the Premier League. 

But holding midfielder Jorginho – not known for his goals – was their highest league scorer with seven. Incredibly, each of the Italian’s strikes were penalties.  

Chelsea had splashed out £47m on Timo Werner back in 2020 but the German international failed to frequently find the back of the net, prompting Tuchel to sign a new forward. 

Chelsea appeared to want to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund but ended up landing Lukaku in one of the Premier League’s biggest deals of the year.  

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The 28-year-old returned to Stamford Bridge seven years after leaving for Everton and has been praised for his improvement during his two years in Milan.

Lukaku’s strength and ability to hold up the ball and link up play has seen him labelled as a target man, but the ex-Manchester man has slammed those opinions by insisting he offers much more.

“The way I’m built – I’m quite big – everybody thinks I’m a sort of target man, just holding up the ball and being a goal poacher,” he told UEFA.com. 

“But I’ve never played that way and I hate it. 

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“My biggest strength is that I’m dangerous when I’m facing towards the goal because that’s when I rarely make wrong choices. 

“After I pass the ball, I know where I have to position myself in the box.

“I can do a bit of everything and in some games when I know there is a lot of space behind the defence, I play differently. 

“The reason I’m so productive [in front of goal] is because I can do a bit of everything.” 

Lukaku has had a decent start to life back at Chelsea. He scored 15 minutes into his debut against Arsenal, tapping home Reece James’ cross.

It was the first goal he had ever scored for the club despite making 15 appearances during his first spell between 2011 and 2014.  

Lukaku has scored a further three times, but is in the midst of a mini goal drought having not found the net in his last five appearances.  

The Belgian star will hope to return to scoring ways when Chelsea travel to Brentford on Saturday.

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