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What will Lukaku add to Chelsea, other than goals?
Romelu Lukaku's style of play allows Chelsea to be more flexible with their shape and gives them the option to play more directly if needed. Lukaku is a complete forward, someone that can play as a target-man and get in-behind defences using his pace and power to beat defenders. But Lukaku drops deep well too, he likes to offer himself as an option, and once he receives the ball, he can turn and either play in his striker partner or drive with the ball at his feet. Over the seasons, his decision-making on the ball has improved alongside his composure, making his link-up play a very effective strength.
Lukaku ended the Serie A season with 24 goals, 9 assists, resulting in a goal contribution of 33, which was the best in Serie A. Interestingly, Lukaku over-performed with both xG (23.06) and xA (6.03).
Lukaku also adds a physical presence inside the box for Chelsea, which was evidently missing with Werner or Havertz playing as the sole striker. Lukaku touched the ball in the opponent's box 5.96 times per 90 (4th most in Serie A), and though Werner had a similar amount of touches, Lukaku was undoubtedly more decisive inside the box.