'Very much mistaken': BBC pundit claims Tuchel has just made a big mistake

Garth Crooks has explained why he completely disagrees with the decision from Thomas Tuchel to drop Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku at the weekend.

Blues manager Tuchel omitted the centre-forward from the squad during Sunday’s 2-2 draw at home to Liverpool in the Premier League.

Lukaku’s punishment came in the fallout of his controversial comments. The 28-year-old’s December interview with Sky Italia where he explained he wasn’t happy with his situation saw him receive plenty of criticism.

The Belgian, who had scored two goals in two games, had to sit out the showdown with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

In fairness, Tuchel announced in today’s press conference that Lukaku is now back with the squad ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Tottenham and that he’s issued an apology.


However, BBC pundit Crooks feels the scale of the problem could’ve been avoided and brands Tuchel’s approach a mistake.

“Has Tuchel got carried away with his own self-importance? Lukaku, like all top players, is desperate to play, and the bigger the match, the better. So Tuchel leaves him out of their most important game of the season over a throwaway comment? Why not use the situation to your benefit and allow the player to prove how much playing in Chelsea’s starting line-up actually means to him?” Crooks wrote.

“If Tuchel thinks he holds all the cards in this delicate situation he is very much mistaken. The modern game exists in an era when top players have agents who are prepared to ask for a transfer on behalf of their client if they lose their car park space at the training ground, never mind their place in the team.”

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Chelsea must move on quickly

Hopefully, Lukaku can address the frustrated Chelsea supporters and get back to performing on the pitch.

His comments have divided opinion, with some feeling everything’s been exaggerated because he’s got every right to be frustrated when he’s not playing. However, a public criticism is a rookie error and he’s the club’s big money summer signing with a lot of pressure on his shoulders.

Tuchel has done what he thinks is right for the club and the way he handles the topic in press conferences is impressive.

It sounds like things have been resolved behind closed doors and Blues fans will know their manager has barely put a foot wrong during his first year in charge.

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