Chelsea fans fume over Romelu Lukaku as £97.5m Belgian striker squanders glorious chance at Man City
With just over nine minutes into the first half at the Etihad, Lukaku found himself in space after pulling away from John Stones and galloping towards the City goal.
However, rather than stepping into the drum machine and looking to test EdersonLukaku attempted to play Ziyech with a through ball to his right.
Chelsea fans were unhappy with Romelu Lukaku after missing a glorious chance to put the Blues ahead against Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.
Lukaku was flawless in goal but opted to try and place Hakim Ziyech instead
The Belgian overshot the former Ajax winger’s out-of-reach pass, and the flag was offside anyway.
Ziyech’s stance, however, probably wouldn’t have been relevant had Lukaku opted to go for the goal himself.
As City breathed a sigh of relief, it didn’t take long for some Chelsea fans on social media to make their feelings about Lukaku’s decision-making clear, while rival supporters mocked the Belgian.
Some Chelsea fans weren’t happy with Lukaku’s decision-making as he wasted a chance
The Blues’ record signing had a very difficult first half in which he was often isolated
As supporters of rival clubs took the opportunity to mock the Belgian striker
The former Everton and Manchester United player endured a difficult first half against City and he was often isolated in front of himself.
Lukaku had the fewest touches of any Chelsea player in the opening 45 minutes and the Blues failed to register a single shot in the first half.
According to OptaJoeit was the first time they had failed to do so in a Premier League game under Thomas Tuchel, and the first time overall since playing at Newcastle in May 2018.
Lukaku found himself in space after pulling away from John Stones and heading for the goal
But instead of going for the goal, he tried to set up Hakim Ziyech and luck went begging
Lukaku’s afternoon didn’t particularly improve in the second half, as he was denied by Ederson in the 1v1 with the City keeper.
The 28-year-old became the most expensive signing in Chelsea history when he returned to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan for £97.5m this summer, after winning the Serie A title last season.
His second stint with the Blues got off to a flying start with three goals in four Premier League appearances, before the Belgium international was ruled out for a month with an ankle injury he suffered in the Champions League against Malmo.
Lukaku was denied by Ederson in the 1v1 with the City keeper in the second half
The Belgian striker came close to giving the Blues the advantage at the Etihad against the run of play
Earlier this month, Lukaku caused a stir when he revealed to Sky in Italy that he was unhappy with his role at Chelsea and unhappy to have been left out of the squad by Tuchel.
He was dropped for the game against Liverpool but eventually apologized and was on the scoresheet as the Blues beat Chesterfield 5-1 in the FA Cup third round last week.