Thomas Tuchel revealed at press conferences ahead of Chelsea’s game with Wolves that he expects Romelu Lukaku to be an important player in his squad next season.
Since his big-money move from Inter Milan to Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku has failed to replicate his form at Inter Milan.
Chelsea paid £98 million for the Belgian striker’s services.
The 28-year-old Chelsea striker has been linked with moves to Barcelona, PSG, and Inter Milan, and has previously stated in an interview with Sky Sports that he would like to return to Inter Milan.
Lukaku has scored seven goals in 24 Premier League appearances for Chelsea this season, despite spending the majority of the season injured or on the bench.
After his controversial interview with Sky Sports around Christmas, in which he discussed his unhappiness at Chelsea and professed his love for Inter Milan, the Belgian striker has lost his place in Chelsea’s starting lineup to Kai Havertz and has fallen out with Thomas Tuchel.
Romelu Lukaku showed the world and Chelsea fans what he can do when given the opportunity by scoring a brace on Saturday at Stamford Bridge against Wolves despite the match ending in a 2-2 draw.
Fabrizio Romano provided an update on the Lukaku situation in his recent column for CaughtOffside, explaining why he believes things haven’t worked out for the 28 years old Belgian striker.
“As of today, there are no negotiations to sign Romelu Lukaku in the summer,” Romano said. “The sanctions have obviously blocked any kind of approach from other clubs because no one knows what Chelsea will want to do with Romelu: what is the price after spending €115m on him 10 months ago? What would be the conditions for a transfer?
“So far it is too early to think about his future, but certainly Lukaku intends to speak with Thomas Tuchel at the end of the current season to understand the club’s plans as Romelu wants to be a key player for next season.
“It’s a surprise that it’s come to this, but I believe it hasn’t worked for him with Chelsea for three reasons: Tuchel’s system tactically isolates him too much from the two-man attack he was used to at Inter with Lautaro Martinez; physically, Lukaku needs to play every game, the work he did with Antonio Conte and his staff made the difference; moreover, the impact of that famous interview in December certainly created a problem that only so many goals will eventually be able to heal.”
Romelu Lukaku Stats against wolves
Romelu Lukaku’s game by numbers vs. Wolves:
85% pass accuracy
13 passes attempted
11 passes completed
10 touches in the opp. box (most)
4 shots (=most)
4 duels won
3 shots on target (most)
2 aerial duels won
2 fouls won
Lukaku had shown at Inter Milan and Everton that if given the time and opportunity he can be relied upon to deliver.
Chelsea will face relegation battling Leeds United on Wednesday let see if Lukaku can produce the performance he shown against Wolves on Saturday.