Former Chelsea player explains why Romelu Lukaku failed in Premier League

Glen Johnson has been discussing why Romelu Lukaku did not succeed at Chelsea last season.

Lukaku made the return to Chelsea this past summer, setting the Blues back close to £100m.

But with Chelsea coming off the back of a Champions League triumph, a big-name striker did appear to be the final thing they needed to truly compete at the top of the Premier League once more.

And whilst Lukaku did fit that criteria on paper after a very successful, title-winning campaign with Inter Milan, his 2021/22 was a complete disaster.

Lukaku was hampered by injury and fitness issues, but his bizarre interview earlier in the campaign in which he expressed his love for Inter and hit out at Tuchel for his use of him really didn’t help.

All told, Lukaku went on to score just eight league goals during 2021/22, only one of which – vs Arsenal in gameweek two – came against a top-eight team.

Now, with the summer window open, Lukaku appears to be closing in on a return to Inter Milan.

Ahead of a potential move back to the San Siro, Glen Johnson has been speaking about why he thinks Lukaku did not succeed in the English top-flight, pointing towards the division being too technical and too fast for the striker:

"It’s been a bad signing and I’m sure he’d admit that himself,” Johnson said. “He’s a good player, but I just believe that the Premier League is too technical and too fast for him. He will probably go to Inter Milan and bang in 25 goals, but it’s a different league."

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