- Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner were forced out against Malmö in the first half
- Both strikers can now sidestep a spell, and the Blues lack back-up
- Thomas Tuchel has already voiced Erling Haaland as a transfer option
- In his short time on the Stamford Bridge pitch, Werner missed an excellent opportunity after a short pass from Lukaku.
Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Chelsea’s interest in Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland next summer – but how could the German do with the Norwegian sensation immediately.
While everything was going according to plan in terms of results, Chelsea were reeling from a worrying attacking injury crisis against Malmö on Wednesday, as Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner struggled with injuries before half-time.
Earlier in the day, Chelsea fans were dreaming about the prospect of adding another jewel to their attacking crown after a revealing interview with Tuchel in his native Germany.
Thomas Tuchel will have to rethink his attack after Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner are injured
In a comment that caused fear among the Blues’ domestic and European rivals, Tuchel revealed the club’s plot to sign Haaland – and in doing so signed Lukaku a formidable strike partnership with a club record £97.5million. increased the risk of danger.
Haaland is likely to leave the Bundesliga before next summer due to a £64million release clause in his current contract.
The biggest clubs on the planet all hope to sign the young striker – and Tuchel has revealed Chelsea will be in the running.
“We have talked about Haland many times in the transfer window as well. It seemed unrealistic and it was not possible to do that,’ Tuchel revealed in an interview with SportBuild.
Lukaku is consoled by Tuchel after limping halfway through the first half against Malmö.
His Chelsea strike partner Timo Werner also had to depart shortly before half-time.
‘Of course we talk about him regularly because he’s a fantastic player and has a profile at Dortmund, a big opponent for us in the Champions League.’
When asked if Lukaku’s presence could seal a deal, Tuchel replied that he would have no problem using the pair together.
Pressed again about the possibility of signing Haaland, Tuchel said: ‘Let’s see what happens next week.’
You would imagine that Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid will also have their say in the coming weeks.
Tuchel Borussia Dortmund. have voiced the possibility of signing Erling Haaland from
However, an immediate concern for Tuchel will be the fitness of Lukaku and Werner, who will face Norwich on Saturday.
Belgium international Lukaku was paralyzed in the 22nd minute with a right ankle injury after a poor challenge from Lecce Nielsen, as Lukaku won his team a penalty, duly converted by Jorginho.
Werner was not far behind him, with what looked like a hamstring problem towards the end of the opening 45 minutes.
However, Lukaku’s absence will give Tuchel the biggest headache.
Werner missed a great scoring opportunity for Chelsea on Wednesday
Lukaku looked somewhat uneasy as he trampled the pitch before heading straight down the tunnel for further assessment.
After not scoring in six games for Chelsea, the 28-year-old showed signs of getting back to his old self, however, with a small cameo.
He placed one on a plate for Timo Werner, whose finishing knocked him down again, before his venomous deflected shot was dropped onto the bar by Johann Dahlin.
Lukaku was at his mighty best as he defeated Nielsen to win Chelsea’s penalty. But now Tuchel continues to face being without his striker.