Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has attributed the struggles of his ex-teammate Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea to the physicality of the Premier League.

Despite finishing last season as Chelsea’s top scorer, Lukaku scored a rather disappointing 15 goals in all competitions from 44 games, Football Transfer reports.

Only eight of these goals came in the Premier League and he did not register any assist last season.

And according to former Chelsea and Super Eagles midfielder Mikel, the physicality of the Premier League is part of the reason Lukaku has struggled since making a return to Stamford Bridge last summer.

Mikel made this known in an interview with Nigerian station Naija FM.

“Mikel said in an interview when asked why Lukaku is struggling at Chelsea: “It is the league, the Premier League is too powerful, too strong, too fast, whereas Italian League is slow. The pace of English football is way too much than the Italian League. In the Italian League, you can play till your 40s, but that hardly happens in the English League.”