Romelu Lukaku’s seven touches for Chelsea in Crystal Palace win break unwanted record

Hakim Ziyech’s late strike gave Thomas Tuchel a win on his return to the Premier League but, in truth, the German’s expensively assembled front line looked laborious too often.

Lukaku in particular endured a frustrating game at Selhurst Park.

While the Belgian struggled as a lone target, not the kind of role he excelled in at Inter Milan last season, he struggled to come into the game.

In fact, according to Opta stats, the 28-year-old was barely involved.

Their match data indicates that Lukaku had just seven touches throughout the game, the lowest on record for an outfield player to play for more than 90 minutes since Opta began collecting data at the during the 2003-04 season.

After another disappointing display, more questions will surely be asked about his role in this Chelsea team.

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