EPL: Tim Howard names player Chelsea missed during 1-1 draw with Everton

Former Everton goalkeeper, Tim Howard, has insisted that Chelsea missed striker Romelu Lukaku during their Premier League 1-1 draw with the Toffees on Thursday night.

Lukaku didn’t feature for Chelsea against Everton as goals from Mason Mount and Jarrad Branthwaite ensured both shared a point each at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgium international had to miss out of the game after contracting COVID-19.

But Howard believes Thomas Tuchel’s side missed the presence of Lukaku, adding that they couldn’t break down Everton because of the forward’s absence.

Speaking on NBC Sports, Howard said, “They [Chelsea] had a lot of possession [against Everton]. 80% possession. They never really played quick enough.

“They missed Romelu Lukaku, in terms of when the ball turns over, just a force, someone who is willing to run in behind, pin the centre-half, get the team up the pitch and then it opens up pockets.”

“It was too safe. Actually, Everton enjoyed it. They got 11 men behind the ball. They kind of played right into Everton’s hands.”