‘He flops in big games’ – Chelsea star criticised

Romelu Lukaku and Thomas Tuchel
Photo: Visionhaus//Getty Images

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has been called a big game flop by former West Ham star Paolo di Canio.

Lukaku enjoyed much success for two seasons in the Italian Serie A, scoring 64 goals in 95 games and winning the title.

On his return to Chelsea, the £97.5m signing failed to perform at Chelsea.

After one season at Chelsea, Lukaku has now returned to Inter Milan on loan.

Di Canio told Sky Sports Italy: “Romelu Lukaku flops in crucial games.

“It’s not an opinion, it is a fact. It’s what he showed in his seven-year spell in the Premier League.”

Meanwhile, former Argentina star Hernan Crespo has supported Romelu Lukaku’s decision to return to Inter Milan on loan.

According to Crespo, Lukaku was treated as a king at Inter, but not so at Chelsea.

“Lukaku decided to return – at Inter he felt like a king, at Chelsea he didn’t,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“So it’s a matter of love and heart. And when it comes to the heart, it almost always ends well. 

“I also decided to return to Italy because I felt comfortable in Serie A, less in the Premier League.

“I was already in love with Milan, with Italian football, with Serie A. And then, for a footballer, Milan is really the best, there is a unique passion there. 

“After the season at Chelsea, Ancelotti wanted me to be at Milan: I hurried there. 

“But at the end of the season, and saddened by the loss in the Champions League final in Istanbul, I returned to Chelsea.”

It’s yet to be seen what will happen after Lukaku finishes his loan spell with Inter.