Lukaku’s unwanted record is cause for concern in Chelsea’s trophy chase | Jacob Steinberg

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The £97.5m signing touched the ball seven times against Crystal Palace, a Premier League low, and his coach Thomas Tuchel is worried

First the interview, now the invisibility. Romelu Lukaku has mostly been a conundrum since returning to Chelsea last summer and, while the £97.5m striker has not done much talking off the pitch since that ill-advised chat with Sky Italia at the end of December, nothing summed up his struggles more than when he produced a performance of record-breaking anonymity against Crystal Palace last Saturday.

This was Lukaku at his most laboured, predictable and disconnected from his teammates. He touched the ball a grand total of seven times, the fewest in 90 minutes of Premier League football for any player since Opta began keeping track in 2003, and nobody was about to argue he was merely keeping his powder dry for the big moments.

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Written by Jacob Steinberg
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