'Seen glimpses': Jason Cundy says 28-year-old Chelsea player still has plenty of room for improvement

Jason Cundy demanded to see more from Romelu Lukaku following an inconsistent return to Chelsea.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Blue brandished the club-record signing’s second stint at Stamford Bridge as largely underwhelming.

It hasn’t exactly been the happiest of homecomings for the Belgian international since he left Inter Milan in the summer.

All appeared to fit into place early on in the season, when the centre-forward scored four times in as many outings for Thomas Tuchel’s team.

Romelu’s rut

However, the honey money period quickly became sticky and stagnated, as the goals rapidly dried up.

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Lukaku went ten matches without converting for Chelsea before finally striking the back of the net against Zenit St. Petersburg in December.

Since that night in Russia, he has gradually regained some confidence in the final third.

The 28-year-old hit one away to Aston Villa and then again in the FA Cup romp over Chesterfield.

In between those two games, however, was the murky situation involving his interview with Sky Italia.

This caused him to be dropped by Tuchel for the Liverpool tie at the beginning of January, which was followed up by an apologetic video to Chelsea supporters.

Lukaku not yet living up to expectations.

He was reinstated to the side for last week’s Carabao Cup semi-final versus Tottenham Hotspur and could face them again in the reverse fixture this evening.

A goal in North London would certainly distract some of Lukaku’s doubters, although, for Cundy, the jury is still out.

“He has to do more. I’ve not seen that £90m striker. I’ve seen glimpses,” said the ex-Blues defender.

“What he did at Villa Park when he came off the bench.

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“Tonight, let me tell you, if he scores tonight, most Chelsea fans will say let’s move on and see what the rest of the season will be like.”

Chelsea must move on no matter the final outcome against Spurs because, in three days’ time, they travel to Manchester City for a clash of the two Premier League title contenders.

If Lukaku is saving his shooting boots for any occasion, it should be for Saturday.

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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.