Jamie Redknapp believes that Romelu Lukaku has fired Chelsea back into the Premier League title race after a high-impact performance against Aston Villa. Lukaku had not started the last 11 games for Chelsea due to a combination of injury and illness. He scored his first league goal since September after coming on from the bench and then went on to earn the penalty in stoppage time.
“Lukaku has single-handedly got his team back in this title race,” Jamie Redknapp said about the impact of Romelu Lukaku. “They needed something, they needed a spark and that’s exactly what he brought. In the first half, they were going nowhere fast, the manager was scratching his head thinking ‘what do I do?’. The obvious thing was to bring him on because they struggled so much with Christian Pulisic in the first half as that No 9.”
“Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa had bullied Pulisic. It was too easy for them. But when Mings crashed into his goalkeeper a minute after Lukaku came on, they knew they were going to be in a fight for the next 45 minutes. That set the tempo.” he added. “From minute one when he came on he just made such a difference. He added that confidence. Everything started to click. You could play from deep, you could play it in behind, he gives you that focal point and you can pop it into him… He gives them something completely different. City and Liverpool are right now, for me, the best teams, but Chelsea has to hope City maybe has a blip or things don’t go their way.”
Also, Read Football Results: St Johnstone 1-3 Celtic