Following the record Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku set for the fewest touches made by a player ever in the history of the Premier League, there is a rapidly growing concern that the Belgian striker may have made the wrong decision to return to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea splashed the cash on the former Inter Milan striker, spending £97 million to bring him back to his boyhood club, but things have not been rosy since then. His manager, Thomas Tuchel has continued to back his club-record signing but for how long will he go?
The German admitted Chelsea is a tough club for strikers to succeed as Lukaku threatens to join Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres in the band of expensive underachievers at Stamford Bridge. Lukaku struck in the semi-final and final of the Club World Cup but the £98 million man has not scored in his last six games against English clubs and only touched the ball seven times in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, and one of those was a kick-off.
Lukaku has only scored 10 goals in 28 games since returning to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan last summer, bringing back memories of previous big buys who were expected to be prolific in the Chelsea attack.
Chelsea could welcome back one of their creators on Tuesday, with Mason Mount potentially on the bench against Lille. The England international could then be in contention for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Liverpool but Callum Hudson-Odoi is likely to miss the clash with the French champions.
Tuchel will be hoping he can turn things around at Stamford Bridge and he would be hoping to do so as soon as possible. Fernando Torres is one name that immediately springs to mind when talking about some of the sttiker’s who failed to love up to expectations at Chelsea and Lukaku will be looking to avoid that tag.