Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel refuses to give up on Romelu Lukaku, telling him sky sports it is a source of pride for him that the striker returns to his best goalscoring moment at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku finds himself as Kai Havertz’s deputy in charge less than nine months after becoming Chelsea’s most expensive signing in the subsequent summer. rejoin from Inter Milan for £97.5m.
The former Manchester United and Everton striker has managed just five goals in 20 appearances on his return to the Premier League; he has never finished a campaign in England with less than 12.
But Tuchel has faith that he and Lukaku, Belgium’s record goalscorer, can find a formula to reignite the 28-year-old’s career in west London.
“It’s a pride for me and I hope it’s a pride for him too, and it is, I guess,” Tuchel said. Sky sports news.
“That’s how we feel, we feel like things get personal, so if we don’t do well and I’m sorry with any player. If we can’t get the best out of a player for the team it feels, personally for me I’m sorry and I don’t I want to have that feeling like this.
“You never give up on players, you never give up, and I think Romelu is such a great competitor that he feels the same way and behaves the same way.”
What has Lukaku fought for?
Tuchel refused to mince words in assessing Lukaku’s performances in recent weeks ahead of Arsenal’s visit to the Premier League on Wednesday, live on Sky sports.
The German admits injuries have played a part in Lukaku’s failure to live up to expectations, but says he needs some fortune or momentum to galvanize his performances.
“All you need is that spark,” Tuchel said at his news conference on Tuesday. “Perhaps he would have been a natural starter against Crystal Palace given the minutes Kai (Havertz) has played.
“But after a period of injury he lacked the fitness for matches. I’m not pointing the finger, it’s just a fact… Romelu should have had a goal against Real Madrid and Crystal Palace, but if he plays we need”. him all that he has.”
Merse: Lukaku is out of sync at Chelsea
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson:
“Even when Lukaku got into the semi-final on Sunday, he’s just not in sync with what Chelsea are trying to do.
“In the last five minutes at Wembley the ball crossed the box three times. There are three touches and he was able to do a hat-trick. easier to score than to miss.
“I just don’t think he’s singing the same sheet music right now. It’s just a situation where he’s out of sync with his teammates and it shows on the field.”
Lukaku was signed by Inter Milan for £97.5m last August and was seen as the final piece of the puzzle that would allow Thomas Tuchel to solve the puzzle of how to end the domestic dominance of Manchester City and Liverpool.
But despite scoring four times in his first four games, which included a goal in an impressive second Chelsea debut at Arsenal and twice against Aston Villa, the goals quickly ran out for the Belgian.
Lukaku has continued to disappoint himself to such an extent that he now finds himself behind Kai Havertz in the pecking order to be number 9 at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku did make an appearance from the bench in the first leg against Real Madrid but, with his team down two goals and in desperate need of inspiration, he squandered a glorious chance within minutes of coming on, a scene that summed up perfection what his return to Real Madrid would be like. the club he supported as a teenager has fallen apart.
For some months now, Lukaku has been forced to watch from the sidelines, where he can contemplate where things have gone wrong this season, why Havertz has been able to succeed where he failed and whether his return to west London was indeed, doomed from the start.
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