Ollie Watkins was the “best striker on show” and played better than Romelu Lukaku despite Belgian’s brace

Romelu Lukaku scored twice against Aston Villa this weekend to continue his bright start to the season for Chelsea, but in The Times Tony Cascarino was insisting that Ollie Watkins had had a better game.

Watkins certainly did his best – and there’s no denying that Villa were better than the 3-0 final score suggests. But for large periods they struggled to break through the disciplined wall of Blue in front of them, and that just created the chance for Lukaku to thrive on the counter attack.

“I thought Watkins was the best striker on show at Stamford Bridge – and that’s despite Lukaku scoring two and Villa losing 3-0,” former top flight striker Tony Cascarino wrote in his column.

Lukaku had a very quiet game, but he was there when it mattered. His second goal was deep into extra time, when players on both teams appeared happy to play the final seconds out pretty passively.

The former Inter man was hungry for goals though, and lead the charge through the centre as Chelsea surged forward for one final counter attack. That’s exactly the attitude we’ve spent so long searching for.