Thomas Tuchel recently said in an interview Romelu Lukaku will score 50 or 60 times before the end of the year, but the Chelsea coach expects an impact beyond his goals for the team as well.
Lukaku could make his second Blues debut against Arsenal on Sunday, having returned to Stamford Bridge in a £97.5million transfer from Inter Milan.
Tuchel was asked on Friday if Lukaku could be “the missing piece” for his Chelsea side, who won the Champions League last season and also the UEFA Super Cup.
Though Lukaku scored 24 times for Inter in Serie A, Timo Werner was wasteful in his first season in the Premier League.
Asked to compare Lukaku to another striker, Tuchel replied: “I think he’s pretty unique.
“He has physicality and an ability to play with his back to goal, but for me he is the strongest when he is in the half-open, open position even, in transition, to use his immense speed.
“I think with this kind of physical power and at the same time being so fast and so hungry and like a true goalscorer in his characteristic, it’s for me a new and unique experience.”
These are attributes Arsenal will likely have to deal with on Sunday, with Tuchel saying: “We are hoping he is on the pitch for Sunday and things look like it.”
N’Golo Kante and Hakim Ziyech are also both back in training.