Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku hates being called a goal poacher

In an exclusive interview with UEFA, Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has insisted that he is not a target man, and he does not like being called a goal poacher.

The Belgian made a surprise return to the Premier League with the Blues earlier this summer. He has already bagged four goals in nine appearances for the club.

He started off in fine fashion on his homecoming, but his recent form has been disappointing with no goals in five straight games across all competitions.

Speaking to UEFA’s official website, Lukaku has now emphasised that he hates being called a target man due to the fact that he is strongly built physically.

He added that his biggest strength remains when he is facing towards goal where he can get into potential scoring positions in the box with his quick passing.

He said: “The way I’m built – I’m quite big – everybody thinks I’m a sort of target man; just holding up the ball and being a goal poacher.”

“But I’ve never played that way and I hate it.

“My biggest strength is that I’m dangerous when I’m facing towards the goal because that’s when I rarely make wrong choices.

“After I pass the ball, I know where I have to position myself in the box.

“I can do a bit of everything and in some games when I know there is a lot of space behind the defence, I play differently.

“The reason I’m so productive [in front of goal] is because I can do a bit of everything.”

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