Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has tipped Romelu Lukaku to leave Chelsea in the summer.
Lukaku returned to Chelsea last summer from Inter Milan for a club record of £97.5m but has failed to live up to the expectations. The Belgian has managed to score only five goals in 19 Premier League appearances this season and has been replaced by Kai Havertz as the focal point of the Chelsea attack.
Carragher believes if Tuchel persists with starting Havertz as his preferred striker, Lukaku will leave Stamford Bridge.
“It feels to me like this is the first team Kai Havertz has actually had a real role in this team and hasn’t felt like he’s almost taking somebody’s place,” Carragher said whilst discussing Chelsea on Monday Night Football.
“But I do think there are big questions, still around Havertz, but also [Romelu] Lukaku.
“If this situation continues with Havertz as the main striker, I don’t think you see Lukaku at Chelsea next season. I think he’d have to move on. I don’t think he’s a guy you could have on the bench and use him sporadically, I think he’d be moving on.”
The Blues will be preparing to take on Lille tonight in the second leg of the Champions League last 16 tie.