Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits he’s trying to find a way to help Romelu Lukaku rediscover his best form.
Lukaku has scored once in five appearances since he was recalled after being dropped from a game against Liverpool for public comments bemoaning Tuchel’s tactical system.
“I don’t know if I can explain it,” said Tuchel when asked what was wrong with Lukaku, who is not only short on goals but also low on involvement, and he was replaced with 10 minutes to go as Chelsea searched for a winner in a 1-1 draw at Brighton on Tuesday.
“It’s very rare in football that you have a problem and it’s a one-thing solution. It’s always a mix of a lot of influences. He was already more involved. At the moment he struggles, there are reasons for it. We have already discussed them. That’s the way it is. He’s not the only one we rely on to win games. It’s nothing special.”
Lukaku scored three in four games after returning but was dropped after his unauthorised interview with Sky Italia.
The FA Cup goal against fifth-tier Chesterfield brings him to eight Chelsea goals for the season, five in the Premier League, but the price tag and his reputation often demands more.
“Welcome to reality, that’s it,” said Tuchel. “We are in the spotlight. We are judged. That’s our daily business. If you are a decisive player and things go well people talk about you and if not people talk about you. It’s part of the business like it or not.”