Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is facing a Thomas Tuchel dilemma after the Blues showed they might not even need the Belgium striker. Chelsea looked mesmerising in attack during their Champions League victory over Lille on Tuesday night and Lukaku will quickly need to prove to his manager that he has a role to play.
The Blues shelled out a club record £97.5million to prise Lukaku away from Inter Milan last summer.
The forward had enjoyed an incredible two seasons in Italy but returned to Stamford Bridge for a second spell after spending three years in west London earlier in his career.
Lukaku began his second Chelsea stint in fine form as he found the back of the net four times in four games.
But he has only notched six times in 24 games since, with two of those strikes coming at this month’s Club World Cup.
Tuchel has been using Lukaku as a lone striker for large parts of the season.
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And the hosts did finally get a second after 63 minutes as Pulisic finished well after being teed-up by N’Golo Kante.
With Chelsea looking so fluid in attack, Tuchel could be tempted to stick with three forwards in the coming weeks – and that could mean there is no place for Lukaku.
Saul Niguez and Timo Werner were preferred to Lukaku when Ziyech and Pulisic were brought off in the second period.
So the former Manchester United striker will need to show he can mix up his game and make an impact in a front three.
And if he can’t do that, the blockbuster star might soon find he is surplus to requirements in the capital.
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