Ally McCoist is fairly convinced Chelsea player will exit Stamford Bridge

'I would be surprised': McCoist just can't see Chelsea player staying next season, he's changed his mind

Ally McCoist thinks Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku will leave Stamford Bridge in the near future.

Lukaku, 29, certainly didn’t have the dream first season on his return to West London.

The Belgian centre-forward did end up with 15 goals across all competitions this campaign, but fell a long way short of expectations for the Blues this year.

Unfortunately, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel still has a load of work to do on his attack moving forward.

Blues no.9 Lukaku was meant to be the final piece of the jigsaw to spearhead the frontline. He found himself in and out of the starting XI due to inconsistent form, though.

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McCoist thinks Lukaku will leave Chelsea

TalkSPORT pundit McCoist claims he’s changed his mind on Lukaku because he now reckons his future will lie away from the Bridge.

He doesn’t think the 29-year-old will be with Chelsea by Christmas, suggesting he just doesn’t the style of his manager Tuchel.

“I wanted him to stay. I wanted him to fight for his place. I wanted him to show a bit of steely determination. However, the more I think about it and the more I look at the situation, I’m not sure he’s Tuchel’s type of player and I would be surprised if he’s at Chelsea at Christmas,” McCoist told talkSPORT.

It’s been reported Chelsea and Inter Milan will be in direct talks in the coming days to discuss a possible transfer for this summer window. However, any kind of deal will have to be a loan in order for Inter to re-sign the striker a year on from selling him.

If Lukaku exits the club, it’ll be interesting to see how Tuchel goes about replacing him. There’s reportedly a hefty £200million transfer pot available to spend this summer.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.