'You wonder': Chris Sutton isn't yet convinced Tuchel will pick Chelsea player in FA Cup final
Chris Sutton suggests he’s still not sure Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku will be selected to start in the FA Cup final.
The Blues have an FA Cup final against Liverpool just around the corner this Saturday, but first must come through tomorrow night’s Premier League trip to Leeds United.
Lukaku, who’s been out of favour for the past couple of months, may have received a lifeline just in time for the weekend.
The 28-year-old striker started and scored two goals in the previous match, which ended with a disappointing 2-2 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It could be a tough call for Blues manager Thomas Tuchel to drop him against Leeds after his two goals.
BBC pundit Sutton has raised the point it would be a big call for Tuchel to put all his faith in Lukaku at Wembley.
“Something has been off about Chelsea for a long, long time. They’ve got big issues at the club. They are fading,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“Lukaku started at the weekend against Wolves, he hasn’t been great. Goals at the weekend will do him the world of good, but with a cup final coming up you wonder whether Thomas Tuchel wants to throw all his eggs into that particular basket.”
Lukaku and Havertz?
It must be crossing Tuchel’s mind to start Lukaku alongside Kai Havertz against Liverpool.
Havertz’s performances in cup finals and general big games means he’s got to be a serious candidate to start in attack.
The option is there to play a Lukaku-Havertz strike partnership, which could make room for Mason Mount in the number 10 pocket just in behind. However, it would be very difficult to find room for the likes of Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic in that system.
It feels like the line-up selected in midweek against Leeds could be a big indicator towards the thinking for the weekend. Tuchel must know his full focus has got to be on getting a result Wednesday night, though.