Despite a flurry of goals in recent weeks, it doesn’t particularly feel like Lukaku is anywhere near winning Tuchel over.
It’s probably fair to say that both Tuchel and Lukaku, at times this season, would have favoured a mutual separation in the summer.
But that wouldn’t have been a viable option with Abramovich at the helm.
Abramovich was reportedly desperate to bring Lukaku back to the capital to realise the vision the club originally had for the powerful striker over a decade ago.
And that, along with Lukaku’s gargantuan price tag, means it’s highly unlikely that the Blues supremo would have been willing to write Lukaku off as a club-record failure this swiftly.
It felt like the only solution to this conundrum was for Tuchel to persevere with Lukaku to avoid Abramovich’s wrath in the long-term. Make no mistake, even if pressure hasn’t come from the Chelsea hierarchy yet over Lukaku’s situation – and there’s no indication at all that it has – then it was certainly coming.
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