Chelsea player reached a new low in weekend defeat at Goodison - TCC View

Unfortunately, Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku reached a new low in his 2021/22 season at the weekend.

It’s been a turbulent campaign for the Belgian striker, who’s underwhelmed since re-signing for the Blues last summer in a mega £97.5million transfer.

His return of 12 goals in 40 appearances this season, accompanied by some really quiet and ineffective performances, has seen him receive widespread criticism.

German giants Bayern Munich are linked as the most likely destination for Lukaku if he leaves Stamford Bridge in the upcoming summer transfer window.

He’s still under contract with Chelsea until 2026, but the fanbase are not too optimistic about his future with them.

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New low at Goodison

This weekend’s match at Goodison Park may be a new low point in Lukaku’s year so far.

The 28-year-old didn’t even make it off the bench in the 1-0 defeat against former club Everton. Instead, he had to watch as an unused substitute on Merseyside while his teammates struggled away in attack.

Blues manager Thomas Tuchel explained after the Everton match that one first-half injury forced his hand somewhat when it came to substitutions. However, he still went ahead with the decision to throw on Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech from the bench in the second half rather than Lukaku.

The most frustrating thing for Lukaku now must be how far out of favour he’s fallen in the past couple of months.

Chelsea’s forward line of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz were both not having the desired effect against Everton, so it seemed obvious to mix it up in the final third.

Lukaku couldn’t get a cameo even in the current state of the game, though.

He’s had to make do with plenty of brief substitute appearances in recent times and isn’t doing enough in them to return to the XI.

It felt like on Sunday like another huge suggestion that Tuchel’s given up on Lukaku, albeit he’s not going to publicly come out and say that.

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