Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has claimed Chelsea are not favourites to win the Premier League title this season despite signing Romelu Lukaku.
The arrival of Lukaku for a club-record £97.5million earlier this month has made the Blues favourites in many people’s eyes to win the Premier League but Murphy isn’t convinced.
He told talkSPORT: “I think you can never know for sure [if one player can decide the title].
“When [Virgil] Van Dijk came, and Alisson too, but mostly Van Dijk came to Liverpool, the general consensus was that he was the missing link. It proved to be the case.
“What we can’t know at the end of this season is if Chelsea hadn’t signed Lukaku whether they would have been competitive anyway, because we all thought they would be even without him.
“One thing is for sure is that having him there is hugely beneficial for the club and for the other players around him.
“He gives them another option, he gives them strength they didn’t have, he’s a terrific footballer and he’s a goalscorer.”
Murphy added: “[Lukaku’s] a great string they’ve added to their bow and it’s a great start for him. He’s a terrific player.
“They’re going to be there, they’ll be there or thereabouts.
“[Lukaku] makes them more competitive and I think it makes them more capable of winning the title with him in it.
“But I still think that Liverpool or City will win it.”
Lukaku scored on his Chelsea debut as the Blues beat Arsenal 2-0 on Sunday at the Emirates.