3 shots on target, 3 contests won: Lukaku's respectable outing against old club

Romelu Lukaku and Jan Vertonghen Belgium

The Everton forward had a reasonable return to Stamford Bridge against his old team Chelsea.

After a boring and uninspiring draw with Liverpool in the Merseyside derby, not many Evertonians were expecting much from a trip to Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho’s men currently lead the race for the Premier League title with a seven-point gap over closest rivals Manchester City and have put in a number of impressive performances this season to get there.

They have also been particularly strong at home, as they always were under Mourinho, although their away form has been sketchy, such as in the loss to Newcastle earlier in the season.

However, despite having Diego Costa out for the final game of his suspension and Cesc Fabregas not fit enough to start, they were largely on top against Everton, although they required a late, deflected effort from Willian to seal all three points.

  MatchOntarget Scoring AttShot Off TargetWon ContestFwd PassMins Played
Romelu Lukaku Chelsea vs Everton 3 0 3 8 90

The game proved to be a disappointing return for Everton forward Romelu Lukaku in particular, as he failed to show his former club what they were missing, having sold him to the Toffees last summer.

In fact, the forward had a pretty lonesome evening up against Chelsea defensive duo John Terry and Kurt Zouma as he was often left isolated against the two, most of the time with his back to goal. Despite an average performance, he did have the best chance of the game with Petr Cech pulling off a wonder save to deny the Belgian.

Elsewhere though, he was impressive, with all of his shots hitting the target and winning three of his contents when dribbling. His total of eight forward passes also suggests that he was keen to get his side on the attack as often as possible, but to little success.

If anything, the game was another example of how Lukaku has been misused by Everton this season. He is infinitely more dangerous when running at defenders and getting his shots off, not when he has his back to the goal trying to hold up the ball. The sooner his team learn this, the sooner they’ll start moving up the table.

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