'Why did you go and get him?': Thierry Henry questions Chelsea's decision to sign Romelu Lukaku

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‘Why did you go and get him?’: Thierry Henry questions Chelsea’s decision to sign Romelu Lukaku… and says it’s ‘not normal’ that the Belgian striker had just SEVEN touches against Crystal Palace

  • Thierry Henry has questioned Chelsea’s decision to sign Romelu Lukaku
  • The Belgian failed to get on the pitch during Champions League game vs Lille
  • £97M summer signing has scored just five league goals since joining from Inter 
  • Henry says that Lukaku has never fit Chelsea’s system and was a strange signing 


Thierry Henry has questioned Chelsea’s decision to sign Romelu Lukaku after the striker failed to make an appearance off the bench during their Champions League tie with Lille.

Lukaku has faced criticism over the recent weeks after failing to live up to the expectations that he set during his time at Inter Milan – where he scored 47 league goals in two seasons. 

The Arsenal legend has weighed in with his verdict, saying that £97M signing never fit Chelsea’s style of play and questioned why they decided to buy the attacker. 

Thierry Henry has questioned Chelsea's decision to sign Romelu Lukaku in the summer

Thierry Henry has questioned Chelsea’s decision to sign Romelu Lukaku in the summer

Lukaku was left on the bench during Chelsea's 2-0 win against Lille in the Champions League

Lukaku was left on the bench during Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Lille in the Champions League

Asked for his take on Lukaku’s struggles at Chelsea, former Arsenal and France striker Henry told CBS: ‘Right from the start I raised a question to myself, would he fit into this team?

‘As a coach when you go and get Lukaku, you will have to make him adapt to how you play, or you change your way to suit him. I didn’t think that would happen.

‘For Rom to adapt to the way Chelsea play, it takes time, it’s not an easy one.  

‘Is it normal that he only has seven touches [against Crystal Palace]? No, that’s also not normal, regardless if the coach likes you or not. That shouldn’t happen.

Lukaku has failed to hit the heights that he did with Inter Milan - scoring 47 goals in two years

 Lukaku has failed to hit the heights that he did with Inter Milan – scoring 47 goals in two years

‘They need to move forward on that but it’s a tough one to read. I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know how that happens in 90 minutes. But what’s the solution?

‘The solution is for him to find a solution to make sure he can adapt to the way they play.

‘They like to press, to be active and to change the front three. He likes to stay in the middle so it makes it very difficult for him to adapt to the situation.

‘But again, why did you go and get him?’ 

Henry claimed that it's 'not normal' that Lukaku had just seven touches against Crystal Palace

Henry claimed that it’s ‘not normal’ that Lukaku had just seven touches against Crystal Palace

Lukaku has been underwhelming for the Blues in recent weeks, particularly in the 1-0 win against Crystal Palace last week where the forward had just seven touches of the ball.  

Chelsea will travel to France in March for the second leg of their Champions League tie as they look to defend their European crown.

Lukaku will be looking to reinstate himself in the first team before Chelsea’s next match, which is the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool on Sunday.  

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