Chelsea target backed to take over from Lewandowski

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Chelsea have been linked with Romelu Lukaku, as the Blues believe that their former striker can be a hit at the club he left as a youngster.

Although Lukaku has recently said he isn’t keen on leaving Inter Milan, you can never say never in football.

The Belgium international has scored 64 goals in just 95 matches since joining the Serie A side from Manchester United in 2019, and he’s now seen as one of the best strikers in the world.

Former Belgium striker Emile Mpenza has now backed Romelu Lukaku to succeed Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich.

32-year-old Lewandowski has proven to be a top player for many years, and ended the season in massive form, with 48 goals for Bayern.

“Romelu’s strength in a duel and his speed are outstanding. That makes it so difficult for the defenders against him,” Mpenza told Sport Bild. “If they go into a duel with him, he uses his massive body properly, asserts himself and runs away from them.

“His coach at Inter, Antonio Conte, managed to get the most out of Lukaku. He no longer needs five chances to score, one is enough. National team coach Roberto Martinez, whom he already knew from their time together at Everton, has put a lot of trust in him. And that’s what Lukaku needs in particular.

“The only thing that he still needs to improve a little is his header game. He uses a lot of chances with his feet, but his head is not that dangerous – despite his size. If I were his coach I would work on it with him. Because if his head and foot were equally strong, he could score goals in any situation. The only player who has that is Robert Lewandowski.

“I think he could be a candidate for Bayern. I’ve thought a lot about where he would go. You have to accept his game, so he wouldn’t be in good hands with all the top teams.

“At Barca, for example, he would switch to an existing game system that is not tailored to him. It would work for Bayern because they would play for him. Just like now for Lewandowski. I would like to see Lukaku in the Bundesliga.”

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