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Lukaku is a good buy for Chelsea but not for Tuchel and a record drop in buying for the Carabao Cup final could hurt

If ROMELU LUKAKU is eliminated in the Carabao Cup final, it will be very dangerous in the short term, no doubt about that.

He will want to play and not want to miss the big stages.

Romelu Lukaku knows he has to be stronger but hitting him against Liverpool at Wembley could be damaging in the short term

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Romelu Lukaku knows he has to be stronger but hitting him against Liverpool at Wembley could be damaging in the short termCredit: Getty
Harry Kane is a prime example for Belgium star Lukaku as the England striker bounces back from a bad start to the season

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Harry Kane is a prime example for Belgium star Lukaku as the England striker bounces back from a bad start to the season

But I can tell you one thing: if he doesn’t train well, Thomas Tuchel won’t play him.

Managers are a stubborn bunch – that’s their way or the highway.

We don’t know how the two of you are feeling, is there any problem or has it been resolved.

I like to think of Rom as a big boy and understand that he can’t be released yet and has to step up. He knew he had to do more than that.

It was public about his seven encounters against Crystal Palace and he knows being abandoned is a kick in the back. Maybe it will rekindle his fire.

He will have to come back to life. Chelsea paid almost £100m for him, so he had to deliver.

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For that price, you’ll be scrutinized like never before so he has to work hard, which he will.

A lot has been made of that palace gameBut it can happen to any striker.

They said the same thing about Harry Kane earlier in the season.

Kane is having a few touches per game and they are questioning his professionalism. But at the same time, it’s not a good read. We live in an index-based world, right?

Everyone will be able to see that. Seven touches in one game? One is a hit? That is not good.

Lukaku knows he needs to be stronger. Look at his size, frame, ability. There are times when he asks for the ball and he just runs over people.

I remember watching him meet Arsenal at the start of the season and he beat them. He should do it two four, five, six teams a year.

We don’t know if Lukaku is really a Tuchel player. Timo Werner was destined, and he didn’t start either.

But what I want to focus on is then, as a player, when that happens, he will train and ask for the ball, want to show everyone what he can do.

Wants to get respect not for what he did in the past but for what he is doing now, because in the present, Tuchel doesn’t see it.

It’s a good signing for Chelsea, but I don’t think it’s the perfect fit when you look at Lukaku’s style of play versus Tuchel, it’s a real build-up from the style behind.

Rom then has to link the ball which I don’t think is his best attribute but he makes runs behind without really being looked at at the moment.

You have two out of 10 who want to create the ball with short passes.

The biggest problem for me is the full-backs. Reece James and Ben Chilwell served well but they were injured.

Just look at the Club World Cup. Lukaku headed home after a cross from inside the box.

We don’t know if Lukaku is really a Tuchel player. Timo Werner was also considered his striker, and he did not start either.

Troy Deeney says Romelu Lukaku will have to make sacrifices to fit in with Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea

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Troy Deeney says Romelu Lukaku will have to make sacrifices to fit in with Thomas Tuchel’s ChelseaCredit: PA

It was just to fit the mold of what Chelsea needed right now.

When working with Lukaku at the start of the season, I never heard the saying: ‘Oh, buying Lukaku was sly.

In my opinion, Lukaku will have to make sacrifices, because with his current form he cannot begin to ask Tuchel for compromises in his style. Start scoring, and that changes.

So now it’s Chelsea and Tuchel to deal with. They won’t sell him for the same price they bought him there.

If he came back worth that much, they wouldn’t want to sell him. It’s all going to work out because he’s such a good player.

And when he came back to the team, scoring, I felt sorry for the team he played against.

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