Joe Cole has said that Romelu Lukaku has “six weeks to salvage his Chelsea career” after the Belgian’s horrific miss against Crystal Palace on Sunday. The Blues were already 2-0 ahead in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final encounter when the Belgian striker came off the bench and struck the inside of the six-yard box post following superb work from Timo Werner. The Blues were already 2-0 up in the match.
Chelsea will play Liverpool in the final on May 14 after goals from Rubus Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount in the second half secured their place in the final. Lukaku’s miss, on the other hand, was a significant discussion point after the game, with the club’s record acquisition failing to impress once again after coming in to replace Kai Havertz in the 77th minute of the encounter.
He has scored 12 goals in 37 appearances this season, however he has not scored since the FA Cup quarter-final win against Middlesbrough on March 19. Lukaku’s poor form has resulted in him being benched in favour of Havertz, with Werner also rediscovering form of late, and Cole feels that he is running out of time to be in Thomas Tuchel’s plans moving ahead.
“He’s got six weeks to save his Chelsea career, if he wants it,” Cole told ITV Sport.
“You look at Werner, he doesn’t give up when he doesn’t score. With Lukaku, he wants to be that focal point. He missed the chance and when it’s not going for you, it’s not going for you.
“He just gets it all wrong. He’ll be gutted cause he’s better than that.”
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane added: “You have to ask a striker how badly do you want to score? It’s obviously mindset, he’s clearly not right.”
As the season nears its completion, Lukaku’s inability to justify his £97.5 million transfer fee, along with Havertz’s good performances in the striker’s position and Werner’s improved recent form, will only serve to put the pressure on the Belgium international. If Kylian Mbappe decides to leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract ends in June, the French giants are allegedly interested in obtaining his services.