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Cole: ‘Lukaku has just six weeks to save his Chelsea career’

BrotherAccording to former midfielder Joe Cole, Romelu Lukaku is approaching the risk of leaving Chelsea after less than a year back.

“Lukaku has only six weeks to save his career at Chelsea, if he wants to,” Joe Cole, a former Chelsea midfielder from 2003-2010, commented on Sky Sports. “Look at Timo Werner. He never gives up. When he’s not scoring, Werner always brings something else to the team. Lukaku wants to be in the spotlight, but misses the chance to score. doing everything wrong when he gets up and shoots at the post. He’ll be upset with himself, because he can do better.”

Lukaku finished a broken shot in front of Crystal Palace goal.  Photo: PA.

Lukaku finished a broken shot in front of Crystal Palace goal. Image: PA.

Lukaku was recruited by Chelsea back in the summer of 2021 for a record $ 135 million and the highest weekly salary in the club’s history – about $ 350,000. However, after a promising start with four goals in four games, he fell, losing his position to Kai Havertz, having to miss two periods due to injury and Covid-19.

In total, Lukaku has only scored 12 goals in 37 matches, including five in English Premier Leaguethree tables in FA Cuptwo tables in Champions League and two tables in FIFA Club World Cup. In match FA Cup semi-finals against Crystal Palace on the evening of April 17, he was only allowed to come on from the bench in the 77th minute when Chelsea were leading 2-0, and missed the tenth opportunity when the ball hit the post from a distance of 5 meters.

What happens at Chelsea is somewhat contrasting with Lukaku’s two successful seasons in the shirt Inter Milan. During this period, the Belgian striker scored 64 goals in 95 matches, reaching the final Europa League 2019-2020 and win Series A 2020-2021.

It is this difference, Lukaku has openly talked about not being suitable for Thomas Tuchel’s tactics. While working with the coach Antonio Conte at Inter, he operates more widely and comprehensively. And Lukaku’s current role is about waiting for the ball to finish in the penalty area. Former captain of Man UtdRoy Keane commented: “How does Lukaku want to save his bad career at Chelsea? He has to change”.

Chelsea’s season will be over in about six weeks. Tuchel’s teachers and students have eight Premier League matches left – where they are in third place and the FA Cup final meets Liverpool. Before that, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and lost to Liverpool 10-11 on penalties in the final League Cup.

Thanh Quy (according to Sky Sports)

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