Earlier this week, two very famous former Italian footballers, both now working as lundits, criticised the first few months Romelu Lukaku has been having at Chelsea following his summer move from Inter Milan.
It was first Paolo Di Canio who, speaking to the local media, claimed that the Blues’ striker is just a ‘functional’ player, comparing him to Fernando Llorente.
Then it was Antonio Cassano who came up to say Lukaku has been ‘struggling’ since his return to the Stamford Bridge, as he’s having a harder challenge against Premier League defenders.
Not it’s time to see someone else firing shots at the Chelsea star. Today it was Inter Milan legend Marco Materazzi who was interviewed by Gazzetta Dello Sport and was asked to make a comparisons between strikers.
With Edwin Dzeko arriving to replace Lukaku at the Nerazzurri this summer, the former defender was asked about the two, and claimed that the Serie A side have a more complete player now.
“Romelu is a phenomenon, but only in the Italian league. Dzeko is a phenomenon with different characteristics but he remains so even if you put him in England or Spain,” Materazzi told Gazzetta.
“Then it is clear that at 35 you can’t take him to play on the counterattack. But when he started, in Wolfsburg he was a department alone.”
Since joining Chelsea this summer, Lukaku has four goals and one assist in 11 appearances. Meanwhile, Dzeko has managed to have a better start for Inter Milan, with seven goals and three assists, also in 11 games.
Lukaku is currently out injured.