Fabrizio Romano claims Chelsea player wants guarantee of key player role next season
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is still waiting to hear about Thomas Tuchel’s plans for next season before making a decision over his future, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The 29-year-old finished the season with 15 goals in all competitions, eight in the Premier League.
This puts him ahead of Kai Havertz (14 goals in all competitions) and Mount (13), but it is still an underwhelming record for the club-record signing who scored 24 goals in Serie A alone last season.
One of the reasons behind his lack of output is that unlike at Inter Milan, Lukaku is not exactly the outright first-choice number nine at Chelsea.
He had over 30 starts in Serie A last season but only 16 starts in the Premier League this term.
Obviously, Havertz’s fine goalscoring form a couple of months ago justified Tuchel’s decision to push Lukaku aside at the time.
Still, Lukaku’s spending a considerable amount of time on the bench is bad news for both the player and the club.
It makes no financial sense to keep one of the highest-earning players as a backup striker, while selling him could prove difficult due to his wages and price tag.
Lukaku himself is waiting for Tuchel’s next plans and expects to play a more prominent role next season, according to Italian transfer expert Romano.
Lukaku awaits Tuchel’s Chelsea plans for next season
“He is still waiting to understand what Chelsea’s plans are for next season as he wants to be a key player,” the journalist told Caught Offside about Lukaku’s situation at Stamford Bridge.
Lukaku, Havertz, and Timo Werner all arrived at Chelsea expecting to be regular starters, and so did the club given the amount of money they spent to sign these attacking talents.
However, there is only one spot in Tuchel’s preferred 3-4-3 formation, and this is, of course, a problem for these three.
Tuchel’s recent 3-4-1-2 formation in which a number 10 operates behind two strikers may help solve the issue, but the manager previously admitted that Lukaku and Havertz, in particular, do not link up well as a pair.