Roy Keane, a former Manchester United midfielder, has slammed Romelu Lukaku after being confused by the striker’s performance as a substitute against his former team on Thursday night at Old Trafford.
Lukaku had little influence on the game after Cristian Ronaldo had cancelled out Marcos Alonso’s opener for the visitors, and he didn’t manage a single effort on goal.
The striker has not scored in the Premier League since the end of December, and he is now on a dismal run of form, having only scored three times in 18 appearances in 2022. Lukaku has three goals this season, with the FA Cup goals coming against Middlesbrough and the FIFA Club World Cup goals coming against Al Hilal and Palmeiras.
Ex-Sunderland manager Keane says Lukaku’s recent performances have lacked drive.
The 28-year-old scored 47 times in 71 Serie A outings under Antonio Conte at Inter, but has been unable to replicate that form since returning to Chelsea after leaving Everton in 2013.
Lukaku has been out of form since the start of the winter, when he upset Chelsea fans by giving a media interview in which he stated his dissatisfaction with his departure from Inter last summer.
Following that, manager Thomas Tuchel left the Belgian out of his lineup for the Premier League match against Liverpool, whom the Blues will face in the FA Cup final on May 14th.
Chelsea could have left the Belgian at Inter Milan, as he had proven to be ineffective again with the Blues.