Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, who is currently on loan at Inter Milan, could get one more chance to prove himself at Stamford Bridge amidst a change in management.
What’s the word?
That is according to Simon Phillips, who has informed GIVEMESPORT of his understanding surrounding the picture at Stamford Bridge under the new regime.
The journalist believes that every player at the club will be granted a “clean slate” and will get the chance to embed themselves in Graham Potter’s plans.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT regarding Lukaku’s future with the Blues, Phillips said: “I haven’t heard this personally. But it does fit with what I was told weeks ago that Potter is giving every Chelsea player a clean slate at the club and a chance to earn a place, whether that is players out on loan or already there.”
A clean slate
With seemingly no judgement from Potter on his Chelsea past, the change in management could be the making of Lukaku at Stamford Bridge.
The £325k-per-week “hammer”, as dubbed by ESPN-featured journalist David Amoyal, has proven his acumen as a goalscorer at a high level for many years, but has failed to make the grade at Stamford Bridge on more than one occasion.
Having hoovered up 24 goals and 11 assists in 36 Serie A games for Inter Milan during the 2020/21 season, a return to Chelsea – who were creating a healthy amount of chances at the time (62 in that season’s league campaign) – looked ominous for the rest of the Premier League, in the same destructive manner that Erling Haaland has brought to Manchester City.
However, it was not to be for the Belgian, who failed to deliver the desired impact, netting just eight league goals last term. Some of his behaviour off the pitch did himself no favours under Thomas Tuchel, either.
Under the tutelage of Potter, who has seen his team create eight big chances in the recent home games against AC Milan and Wolves, you get the impression that Lukaku could demonstrate some of the form which saw him become a stalwart at the San Siro in the past, in a move which could benefit Chelsea for years to come if the Belgian finally comes good consistently in a blue shirt.