Reece James: Romelu Lukaku 'bullies everyone he comes up against'

Romelu Lukaku ‘bullies EVERYONE he comes up against’, claims Reece James as Chelsea defender lavishes praise on his ‘powerful’ new £98m team-mate after goalscoring debut in Arsenal win

  • Reece James hailed Romelu Lukaku after his dominant display against Arsenal  
  • The striker played a role in both goals as Chelsea strolled to a comfortable win
  • James was also on the scoresheet and he got the assist for the Belgian’s goal  

Chelsea defender Reece James was full of praise for team-mate Romelu Lukaku after his dominant performance against Arsenal and says the Belgian ‘bullies everyone he comes up against’. 

Lukaku made his first appearance for the Blues since his club-record £97.5million move from Inter Milan and he led them to a comfortable 2-0 victory against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.  

It took the 28-year-old just 15 minutes to re-open his goal-scoring account for Chelsea and he was also influential in the second goal – as he gave Arsenal’s Pablo Mari an afternoon to forget. 

Romelu Lukaku scored on his second Chelsea debut after just 15 minutes against Arsenal 

 Reece James doubled Chelsea’s lead after some excellent work from Lukaku in the build-up 

Defender Reece James was left impressed by Lukaku. He said: ‘What an addition to our team to have such a vocal striker like that.

‘Everyone’s seen today how powerful he is and when he gets a chance, he finishes. I think he’s shown how he bullies players today.

‘I can’t really think of any other players like him in the world. How strong he is and how powerful, everyone he just comes up against he bullies.’

The 21-year-old also managed to get on the scoresheet and it was his cross that led to a simple tap in from Lukaku.

Lukaku’s physical presence was too much to deal with for Arsenal defender Pablo Mari

Lukaku was all-smiles after the game and he told beIN Sports: ‘You guys know how emotional it was today.

‘This one is the best of the lot. Obviously, it was only a tap-in but the build up was nice so for me, this one was the best.

‘It took five minutes or so to understand the movements of my team-mates but I asked a lot of questions. To be honest, this group is very, very talented and hungry.

‘It was easy for me to fit in because I played this way with the Belgian national team. The coach prepared us well and we came in with confidence and got a good result.’

After back-to-back victories, Chelsea now face the daunting task of facing Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening.  

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