'We saw': Petr Cech thinks Chelsea star could be brilliant next year, but Tuchel reportedly may sell him

Chelsea Technical Director Petr Cech has claimed club record signing Romelu Lukaku will have a ‘great season’ next year despite rumours of him leaving the club.

The Blues legend was speaking to Sky Sports, when he claimed the Belgian could still show fans the best of what he has to offer at Stamford Bridge.

After a strong start to his return to London, Lukaku’s form dipped massively, with the striker spending long spells of the second half of the season on the bench.

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However, Cech believes an injury suffered by the 29-year-old may have had more of an impact on the Belgium international’s play than first thought.

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The 40-year-old said: “I personally believe Romelu Lukaku will have a great season.

“We saw how big he can be at the beginning, but unfortunately the long-term injury he sustained in the game against Villa slowed everything down, and then he had covid as well.”

The fitness problems as well as an explosive interview with Sky Italy lead to Lukaku falling out of favour with Thomas Tuchel for a few months, before making his return to the first team in time for the FA Cup final.

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Cech said: “We could see towards the end of the season when he was fit and ready to go again how strong he is.

“I have full confidence Romelu Lukaku will bounce back and have a strong season (next season).”

Despite the Czech Republican’s views for the future, reports are already circulating suggesting that Tuchel is ready to bite the bullet and sell the striker this summer.

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It was seen in the early periods of the season how Chelsea can play a dominant style of play with Lukaku as the focal point. The win against Arsenal showed what a confident and fit version of the striker can do, bullying centre backs to both score his own goals, while bringing in others such as Reece James for the second goal that day.

Chelsea fans saw a glimpse of the force the 29-year-old can be at the end of the season, and providing dead ball and crossing specialists such as James and Mason Mount with no obvious target man to aim for seems a waste of that potential avenue of attack, so it would clearly benefit the Blues to have Lukaku in top form again.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.