According to Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku is “placing himself in situations where he doesn’t want the ball” because he has lost confidence amid a difficult period with the club.
According to Dean Saunders, Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is suffering from a confidence crisis and is purposefully avoiding the ball when he plays.
Lukaku is struggling at Chelsea, where Thomas Tuchel prefers Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to Lukaku. Tuchel pulled him out of the FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace on Sunday because he hasn’t played a Premier League game since February 19.
When he came on as a substitute for Havertz in the 77th minute, things did not go well for the £97.5 million man.
He appeared to be off the pace, and he smacked the post from six yards out with a golden chance from Werner’s wonderful low cross late in the game. The game ended with Chelsea winning 2-0, but Lukaku’s future at the club is now in doubt.
Joe Cole, a former Chelsea winger, says that Lukaku has “six weeks” to get his Chelsea career back on track. Sam Saunders, a former Aston Villa striker, thinks the problem is psychological.
He said on talkSPORT that he thinks he’s lost all his confidence, all his self belief. You can’t even control the ball when you’ve lost your confidence and aren’t scoring.
Trying to handle a basic ball that comes into your feet as a centre-back is like dealing with a live serpent. You stiffen up and lose control because you’re nervous, only to be booed by the audience.
He’s putting himself in situations where he doesn’t want the ball at his feet, so he doesn’t lose it, in my opinion. It’s a pity, given he’s a superb player.
After helping Inter Milan to the Serie A title the previous season, Lukaku returned to Chelsea in the summer. Due to injury worries, he has struggled for consistency and has only scored 12 goals in 36 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions.
The former Manchester United and Inter striker endured yet another blow when he failed to score as a substitute in the Blues’ FA Cup semi-final triumph.
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has been given six weeks to save his Chelsea career. The second-most expensive purchase in English football history (behind only Jack Grealish) has become a bit-part player after joining the Blues for £98 million from Inter last year.
The Belgian international hasn’t started a Premier League game in nearly two months, and he was almost exclusively utilized as a substitute in the Champions League.
Lukaku scored three goals in Chelsea’s four FA Cup matches, all of which were against lower-league opponents, but he was mysteriously left out of the semi-final victory over Crystal Palace.
This season, he has yet to score in the Premier League, and his troubles have only become worse in recent months. After the Blues had taken a two-goal lead at Wembley, the striker came on as a late substitute for Kai Havertz, almost as a symbolic substitution.
Lukaku had a guilt-edged opportunity to put the Blues in the lead with a third goal, but his errant strike from point-blank range struck the post and was cleared.
It’s as simple as that: he’s not fit enough to play 90 minutes, and he’s not fit enough for the intensity of our game, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel stated before the game. He was hurt and missed time, so his match fitness isn’t up to par; else, he’d be on the field today.
Instead of Lukaku, Chelsea started with their usual front three of Mason Mount, Havertz, and Timo Werner. Former Chelsea player Joe Cole commented after the game that Lukaku now has the remainder of the season to “save his career” at the club.
According to the former attacker, everything appeared to be going wrong for the striker at the moment, but it was not too late to turn things around.