Chris Sutton thinks he's seen a sign that Tuchel has now completely 'given up' on helping Chelsea player

Chris Sutton believes he’s seen a sign that Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has “given up” on his centre-forward Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku, 28, has come under huge criticism after his latest performance. For instance, ESPN pundit Nedum Onuoha labelled it a “ridiculous” display from him at the weekend, particularly in the first half.

The Belgian striker managed just seven touches (WhoScored) during 90 minutes of Chelsea’s 1-0 away victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

It was another important three points in the Premier League for Tuchel’s side, but the minimal impact from their number nine has been the main talking point from the result.

Pundit and ex-Blues player Sutton even suggests Chelsea boss Tuchel is losing patience with Lukaku based off his post-match interview comments.

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“His manager, Thomas Tuchel, seems to have given up defending his £97.5m striker,” Sutton wrote.

“Asked about Lukaku’s struggles after Saturday’s game at Selhurst Park, Tuchel simply said: ‘No, no, no. It’s not about the system.’ Translation: ‘It’s on you, Romelu — not my tactics.’

“…Lukaku’s body language at Manchester United was often questioned and watching his performance on Saturday suggested he isn’t going out of his way to make this move work, either.”

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Decisive week in Chelsea career

For certain, this week should have a huge impact on how Lukaku’s career ends up swinging at Stamford Bridge.

First of all, tonight’s Champions League tie at home to Lille is one he can’t afford to ghost in. The left-footed frontman can silence some weekend doubters if he can score in a European knockout match. Afterwards, there is the Carabao Cup final against rivals Liverpool this Sunday.

Lukaku’s fairly modest season can really burst into life in the club’s next two fixtures.

However, the pressure surrounding him is only going to become unbearable if it goes the other way and he underwhelms once again this week.

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