Cundy: Martinez isn’t the manager to get the best out of Lukaku

Chelsea are looking to put a disappointing exit from the Champions League on Wednesday night at the hands of PSG behind them this weekend in the FA Cup.

Whilst Hiddink tasted defeat twice in Europe, the Dutch manager remains undefeated domestically and most recently hammered Man City 5-1 in the last round.

Now Hiddink’s men face a trip to Goodison Park to face Everton and former striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Blues were put to the sword when they visited Goodison back in September, with Steven Naismith’s hat trick sealing a 3-1 win and will looking for a better result to progress into the quarter finals.

But Lukaku and his team mates will be looking to pile on the misery for the Belgians former team, even if he is being linked with a big money return to Stamford Bridge.

The 22 year old was sold by Chelsea in 2014 for £28m, but with doubts over the future of Diego Costa Chelsea could be in the market for a new front man.

It is being reported that Technical Director Michael Emenalo is pushing for a move for Lukaku, even if it will cost them double what they sold him for but Football Fanzone’s Jason Cundy isn’t sure if he is the right man for the job - right now:

I’m going to be blunt and just say it, Romelu Lukaku can be a big lazy waste of space, and that’s me saying this as a fan of his because I believe that he could become one of the best strikers in the world.

I feel that he doesn’t know his attributes and how to use them, and even worse in Roberto Martinez he doesn’t have a manager capable of bringing the best out of him.

Given his size and strength, why haven’t Everton gone long more often? Hitting him, with players running off him? He is capable of winning flick ons and knock downs and bringing players into the game. It would make Everton less predictable as well playing to the Belgian striker’s strengths. 

There has been talk of Costa leaving in the summer so Lukaku could be brought in; personally I wouldn’t have let him go in the first place, had he stayed perhaps I wouldn’t have these concerns, and of all the players Chelsea have let go he is the one I’d bring back but is the belief there? Is he pushing himself to be better?

I rate him highly and think he can easily play at a level higher than Everton, he does too given previous comments, but is he doing enough to make that happen?

At 22 he is just a baby and has time to learn, as said previously he easily has the attributes to go on and become one of the best strikers in the world especially given the lack of actually quality centre forwards, but as of right now I have my doubts.

His opener against West Ham should be standard from him, we should see it more often and fingers crossed we do. Hopefully there is a lot more to come from him.

It’s just that in certain games you question what’s going through his mind.


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