Geremi has claimed that Romelu Lukaku’s body language was excellent in his most recent Chelsea appearance.
Lukaku, who’s been at the centre of real controversy lately, is in the bad books with plenty of supporters.
The 28-year-old’s well documented public interview last month saw him admit his frustration about being at Stamford Bridge, despite the fact he’s just months into his Blues career since joining from Inter Milan in the summer.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has been addressing the situation in the past week, which included leaving Lukaku out of the squad in the 2-2 Premier League draw against Liverpool.
However, the Belgian centre-forward was recalled to the side in midweek after his apology.
He started and completed 90 minutes in the team’s 2-0 home win against Tottenham in the first leg of a Carabao Cup semi-final tie.
Geremi, who won two Premier League titles during a four-year spell as a Chelsea player, noticed a “magnificent” attitude from Lukaku against Spurs on Wednesday night.
“From an outside point of view, there is a clear contradiction between the words that Lukaku has said and his attitude. His body language, to me, seems far removed from the comments he made last week,” Geremi said.
“I watched the last game against Tottenham and I felt his attitude was magnificent. Thomas Tuchel really cannot have any complaints about the Belgian’s approach to the game because he always gives 100 per cent.”
Chelsea need Lukaku redemption
It looks like a line in the sand has been drawn for now on the Lukaku situation, albeit don’t be surprised to hear it crop up again later in the future.
The Blues need him focusing on what he’s doing on the pitch. In fairness, he does look fully committed whenever he crosses the white line and represents the club.
He’s scored seven goals in 19 appearances across all competitions this season, but Chelsea are going to need him to push closer to the 20-goal mark from now until the end of the campaign to help try win silverware.
There is plenty of creativity and ability in Tuchel’s XI, but they still need that killer finisher in attack like Lukaku.
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