'I think he should stay': Ian Wright urges Chelsea player not to leave Stamford Bridge this summer

Ian Wright has advised Romelu Lukaku to remain at Chelsea for at least another season.

Speaking on Premier League Productions, Wright warned the striker about chucking in the towel after just one term.

For certain chunks of the campaign, it appeared Lukaku had excepted defeat.

The 29-year-old certainly did not cut a happy character whilst he sat on the bench or watched games simply pass him by.

Sitting amongst the substitutes mainly occurred due to his poor form in front of goal, with Thomas Tuchel at one stage opting for Kai Havertz as the team’s main centre-forward.

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But the absence in matches wasn’t entirely Lukaku’s fault.

He couldn’t do much about not receiving a pass, or attempting to get on the end of a cross when there wasn’t one in the first place.

Tuchel’s style simply did not align with the number nine, a failed relationship that hampered Chelsea’s chances of challenging Manchester City for the league title.

This situation cannot happen again if the Blues have any hopes of attempting another siege on Pep Guardiola’s castle.

Wright has advised Lukaku not to leave

Either Tuchel attempts to work around Lukaku, Lukaku changes his approach, or Lukaku leaves and starts fresh again.

None of the scenarios are ideal, with the latter possibly the most likely.

However, Wright recommended that the player consider his position before contemplating moving out of Stamford Bridge.

“That’s a lot of money for somebody to take Romelu now, after the form he’s shown recently, it’s going to be a big ask for somebody to do that,” said the Arsenal icon.

“I think he should stay. Him and the manager have got to come to some agreement in the way they are playing because it definitely doesn’t suit him.

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“Something has to happen, because that’s a lot of money that the new owner is not going to want to write off. Something is going to have to give.”

If Romelu stays, who goes?

Having cost Roman Abramovich £97.5m (Sky Sports), his successor Todd Boehly will not want to sell Lukaku for much less.

That’s if he wants to relinquish the Belgian international at all.

Boehly witnessed the attacker score twice against Wolverhampton Wanderers live at the Bridge, but also saw him fail miserably in the FA Cup final.

If the new owner can recuperate anything close to the club-record fee dished out by Abramovich, he could pump funds elsewhere into the squad.

For example, in defence, where major holes need filling following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

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Wing-back might need addressing as well, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso both reportedly nearing the exit door.

Then there’s the largely faltering forward line that must improve if Chelsea are to tackle City and Liverpool properly.

Better start signing off those cheques, Todd!

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.