Chelsea: Ian Rush questions transfer decision amid Romelu Lukaku struggles

Ian Rush has discussed Romelu Lukaku's struggles at Chelsea

Ian Rush has discussed Romelu Lukaku’s struggles at Chelsea (Pictures: YouTube/Getty)

Liverpool legend Ian Rush has questioned why Chelsea sold Tammy Abraham amid Romelu Lukaku’s struggles at Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku made a bright start to his second spell in west London following a £97.5m move from Inter Milan, scoring four goals in his first four matches this season.

But the 28-year-old has only netted twice in the Premier League since October and Rush insists he has been surprised by Lukaku’s struggles.

While Lukaku has been underperforming on the pitch, he also angered Chelsea fans with comments he gave during an interview with Sky Sports Italia last month.

Five days after Lukaku returned to Stamford Bridge, England international Abraham headed in the other direction, completing a £34m move to Roma.

Abraham has made a fine start to his Serie A career, scoring 17 goals and making three assists under former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Wales and Liverpool hero Rush told Gambling.com: ‘I’ve been watching Romelu Lukaku’s progress since he patched things up with Thomas Tuchel but he doesn’t seem to have rediscovered his form for Chelsea as I expected.

Chelsea sold Tammy Abraham to Roma last summer

Chelsea sold Tammy Abraham to Roma last summer (Picture: Getty)

‘I see it as a slightly similar situation to the one Harry Kane was in at the start of the season. He’d made his desire to leave Tottenham very public and when Spurs refused to budge he struggled for form once the season got going.

‘But Kane is starting to score goals again now and I wonder will Lukaku go the same way once he gets some minutes under his belt.

‘We know he can score goals because he’s done it at every level already, but he’s got to build up his fitness because he doesn’t look sharp.

‘You could even argue that he’s trying a bit too hard. I’ve been in that position before where nothing is going in for you and then you start to overwork which makes matters worse.

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‘As a striker, sometimes you have to just wait for a chance to come along and when you eventually tuck one away everything else tends to fall in to place.

‘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.’

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