Pundit Tony Cascarino has claimed that Chelsea should line-up next season with Romelu Lukaku up front.

He claimed to The Times that the financial fair play worries around the club could see them unable to sign a recognised striker this summer.

An issue of goals has not been hard to see at Stamford Bridge. It has essentially been a goal a game for the Blues this season.

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Recent games have seen completely different line-ups utilised in the attacking third, however they have all seen very little success.

In the biggest game of the season against Real Madrid, Frank Lampard opted to play a front two of Raheem Sterling and Joao Felix.

This mostly backfired, with the duo cutting a figure of two players who had not even met before.

At the weekend, Sterling was jeered off when he was substituted, while Mykhailo Mudryk impressed in a rare outing.

Chelsea encouraged to keep Lukaku

However, the lack of a key presence up top hurt them again, as they lost to Brighton.

Cascarino has claimed they would do no harm by giving Lukaku another chance to shine next season.

He said: “It would be easier for Chelsea to have a clear, effective style if they had a genuine centre forward. They had no joy going long against Brighton, as their diminutive forwards could not win possession. Worryingly for Chelsea, Financial Fair Play rules could make it tough to sign a top striker this summer.

“This is where Romelu Lukaku comes in: he will return from his loan spell with Inter Milan at the end of this season.

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“The key for the Belgian is fitness. He has struggled this campaign in Italy and with Belgium, but his previous Inter spell showed how devastating he can be when in peak condition.

“His Chelsea career has been disappointing but, considering the club’s frailties up front and their financial concerns, Lukaku is worth one more go at Stamford Bridge.”

Despite the bad relationship between Lukaku and the supporters, it would be hard to argue against the need for his goalscoring abilities right now.

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