Liverpool legend Ian Rush has been assessing the contrasting fortunes of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku and former Blues player Tammy Abraham this season.
Rush (who scored 383 goals in his career) says that, while some supporters may well question the decision to sell Abraham, considering he is ripping things up in Italy, he still thinks Lukaku will turn out to be a good buy:
“Some Chelsea fans may be wondering why they sold Tammy Abraham and brought in Lukaku. Abraham is scoring goals for fun in Italy, although it has to be said Serie A is not as strong as the Premier League these days. But the big difference between Abraham and Lukaku right now is that the former is enjoying his football. Jose Mourinho has been showing Abraham some love, which is really important for a striker, while Lukaku and Tuchel haven’t exactly seen eye to eye. It’s important for Lukaku to just knuckle down and stay patient, I’ve no doubt his quality will shine through for Chelsea sooner or later.”
Lukaku’s form in recent weeks has been concerning. Despite being reintroduced into the starting lineup by Thomas Tuchel following his controversial interview with the Italian media, he has only scored against Chesterfield in the FA Cup since the turn of the year.
Getting the best out of the Belgian international will be the key to Chelsea’s success in the second half of the season and Rush seems to think that, despite his lack of confidence currently, the forward has the ability to make the impact people expected when he was signed for a club-record fee in the summer.