'Don't anyone be surprised': Paul Canoville thinks Chelsea player could still step up in time for FA Cup final

Paul Canoville has not completely given up hope on Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku still popping up with a big moment in this month’s FA Cup final.

The Blues face rivals Liverpool in a weeks time at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup final, which is a re-run of this season’s Carabao Cup final.

Thomas Tuchel’s side were on the wrong end of a penalty shootout defeat back in February against the Reds, so they’ll desperately be out for revenge next weekend. Meanwhile, Liverpool are still in the hunt for an unprecedented quadruple this campaign.

For Lukaku, you’d have to say in this moment it seems unlikely he’ll be in the starting line-up against Liverpool.

He did have a goal disallowed in the Carabao Cup final, but he looks a long way from Tuchel’s preferred starting XI right now.

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The Chelsea Chronicle is predicting he’ll get a rare start in today’s Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, which would be an opportunity he simply can’t blow if it happens.

Canoville suggests there may still be life in Lukaku’s season yet:

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Lukaku’s season has been a failure on reflection because he’s not been the goalscoring striker the club really craved.

However, there may still be an opportunity to salvage his campaign.

If he can score a winner in the FA Cup final against Liverpool, it’ll be a similar story to when Kai Havertz’s goal won the Champions League last season after an underwhelming individual year.

Lukaku, 28, simply needs to score goals in the two league matches in the build up to Liverpool. It remains to be seen if he’ll get enough minutes on the pitch, though.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.