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Joe Cole reckons Romelu Lukaku has six weeks to salvage his Chelsea career after a £97million striker missed out on the FA Cup semi-finals

JOE COLE has warned Romelu Lukaku he only has SIX WEEKS to salvage his Chelsea career.

That’s after the record-breaking £97million club striker missed an opportunity at the Blues. 2-0 FA Cup semi-final win about crystal palace.

Romelu Lukaku has been warned he has just six weeks to salvage his Chelsea career

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Romelu Lukaku has been warned he has just six weeks to salvage his Chelsea careerPhoto credit: Getty
Joe Cole believes Lukaku needs to improve quickly after squandering an easy chance against Crystal Palace

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Joe Cole believes Lukaku needs to improve quickly after squandering an easy chance against Crystal PalacePhoto credit: BT Sport

Lukaku, 28, was called on the bench for Sunday’s clash at Wembley after recovering from an Achilles injury.

The Belgian has failed to impress since his return to Stamford Bridge from Inter Milan last summer, scoring just five league goals.

And Lukaku loosened up his lines again after coming off the bench late against Palace.

After Chelsea had already led 2-0 thanks to goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount, Lukaku was played through to the goal by strike partner Timo Werner.

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But despite a close-range chance for an almost open goal, Lukaku managed to parry his shot and hit the post.

His efforts were met with groans from Chelsea loyalists, whose patience has been tried several times this season.

And Cole believes Lukaku has between now and the end of the season – six weeks away – to rectify the situation and show him off deserves to remain a Chelsea player.

The former Blue Cole told ITV: “Lukaku has six weeks to salvage his Chelsea career.

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“You look at Werner and he doesn’t give up. Lukaku wants to be that focal point, but he missed an opportunity.

“If you’re not fine, you’re not fine.

“People saw Lukaku as the missing piece of the puzzle, it didn’t happen.

“But it can come back as soon as it can. Football can change in a game.”

Meanwhile, Tuchel revealed before kick-off that Lukaku’s game fitness is still far from the standard required to match Chelsea’s tactical intensity.

The German remarked: “He’s not fit enough for the intensity of our game in an FA Cup semi-final.

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“Coming into a game like this where there is so much to do after an injury break is not easy.

“It’s just that he hasn’t had as many minutes as the other players lately, his match fitness isn’t quite there, otherwise there would be a good chance he would have started today.”

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