Romelu Lukaku’s £97.5m move to Chelsea is the worst Premier League transfer EVER, says Jamie O’Hara
Romelu Lukaku’s £97.5million return to Chelsea is the worst Premier League transfer EVER, Jamie O’Hara claims… while insisting Thomas Tuchel should have done more to keep the struggling Belgian striker ‘on his side’ at Stamford Bridge
- Jamie O’Hara says Thomas Tuchel could have done more for Romelu Lukaku. to keep
- He claims Lukaku’s £97.5m Chelsea transfer is the worst in Premier League history
- The struggling Belgian attacker is about to return to Inter Milan on loan
- Lukaku returns to Inter after disappointing season with just 15 goals in 44
Jamie O’Hara has criticized Romelu Lukaku’s £97.5million return to Chelsea last summer as ‘the worst transfer ever’.
Lukaku’s arrival last summer for a club-record fee seemed a sign of intent from Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, and although he scored four times in his first four games, the Belgian fell away as the season progressed, scoring just eight times in the Premier League. League.
O’Hara too told Football Daily that Tuchel should have done more to keep Lukaku at Stamford Bridge, and may not have done enough to convince him to stay and fight for his place on the side as he is out to return to Inter Milan on loan .
Romelu Lukaku has been disappointed since his £97.5million return to Chelsea, scoring just 15 in 44
O’Hara told Football Daily: “What a shocking move that is. Probably Premier Leafue’s worst signing ever, he hasn’t been at Chelsea for a year and they paid £100million for him – ridiculous!
‘I would have kept it. I had put my arm around him and said, “We need Lukaku at his best, this is a new era with new people” and Thomas Tuchel should have tried harder to keep him on his side.
“You’ve got Reece James and Ben Chilwell back this season, so he’s a player who would have been huge for them.
Jamie O’Hara has criticized Thomas Tuchel, who dropped Lukaku after his interview with Sky Italy
“I think in the end he lost confidence, he lost faith, the manager’s faith and they cut ties and moved on.”
After finishing the season with 15 goals in 44 games across all competitions, Lukaku has ended up costing Chelsea £6.5million per goal this season with his career with the Blues seemingly over.
The 29-year-old caused a stir within the Blues’ camp after he gave a controversial television interview in December in which he criticized manager Thomas Tuchel.
Tuchel said he dropped Lukaku from Chelsea squad to protect his side from ‘unwanted noise’
After the interview, Tuchel dropped the Belgian to protect his side from unwanted noise and speculation.
Lukaku claimed he was unhappy with the way he was deployed in Tuchel’s system before apologizing to the German boss and reportedly promising to “clean up the mess.”
Tuchel seemed to handle the situation well by getting the striker back in the flank, but the damage had clearly already been done and Lukaku seems to have found the desired escape route.
Lukaku first joined Inter Milan in August 2019 and looks set to return a year after he left
Inter will pay Chelsea a loan of £7million plus extras, with Lukaku reportedly taking a 35 per cent pay cut on his £325,000 a week wage at Stamford Bridge, bringing the figure to around £210,000.
Inter president Steven Zhang tried Monday to restructure the proposed deal, but Lukaku will receive a medical check-up at Inter next week to confirm the move.
The 29-year-old Belgian striker has a contract until 2026 at Stamford Bridge, but his desire to return to Inter has been apparent since his infamous Sky Italia interview.