“Lukaku wasn’t ready to establish himself as Chelsea’s No 9” – former Chelsea coach claims

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Former Chelsea coach Eddie Newton has claimed Romelu Lukaku wasn’t ready to be Chelsea’s main striker during his first spell at the club.

Lukaku, who returned to Stamford Bridge this summer for £98m, was another who was passed on as a young player at Chelsea.

“For Lukaku, he wasn’t ready at the time, and I don’t care what anyone says,” Newton said.

“He just wasn’t ready to be the main No 9 up front and carry that platform like Didier [Drogba]. He was always going to be compared to Didier and it wasn’t fair to him at that time. It was different situations for different players.”

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