Tuchel has no problem with ‘tired’ and ‘altruistic’ Chelsea star


Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel insisted he was not worried about Romelu Lukaku’s “selfless” six-goal dry spell in front of goal.

Lukaku hid Timo Werner’s cross at Brentford on Saturday, only to see the effort rightly marked for offside. But Chelsea needed a superb performance from Edward Mendy to tip-toe away from Brentford Community Stadium with a 1-0 win to return to the top of the Premier League.

Ben Chilwell’s sweet half volley sort of settled the contest, while record £ 98million rookie Lukaku was again underused in attack.

Blues boss Tuchel, however, remained relaxed about Belgian hitman Lukaku’s recent fruitless run, instead praising the 28-year-old’s selfless approach.

“I’m not worried because I felt him a bit tired and then isolated because we were defending too deep like a block,” Tuchel said.

“I felt he was a little tired. In total, we produced a very strong 60 to 75 minutes, with Romelu and Timo (Werner).

“Both Romelu and Timo were too far away to help us escape the pressure. That was the problem, but I have no concerns.

“Normally the best thing is that he scores. But he’s very selfless at the moment, looking for Timo in good situations.

“And we had him in the situation (to score), it was a close offside decision.”

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Chelsea consider Gilmour’s return

Meanwhile, Chelsea transfer supremo Marina Granovskaia may be ready to remind Billy Gilmour of his loan at Norwich following comments from Canaries boss Daniel Farke.

The Scotland international moved to Carrow Road over the summer on a one-season loan deal. At the time, the move was seen as smart business for the promoted side. Indeed, Gilmour is considered one of the best young talents in British football.

However, since they made their first three games of the campaign, Gilmour was recently left out by Farke.

Indeed, he was again an unused substitute as the Canaries drew 0-0 with Brighton on Saturday. The result brought their winless streak since the start of the season to eight games.

Speaking at his press conference ahead of the Brighton game, Farke insisted that there was no expectation to select Gilmour and that young players from top Premier League clubs should expect a competition for places.

Farke said: “There is no pressure (to play Gilmour). We are not here to develop players for other clubs. We are here to earn points for this club,” said the German at his press conference.

“They want to be Manchester United, Chelsea or Tottenham players one day, so they have to take a challenge and take it.

This led to the Sunday express claiming Chelsea manager Granovskaia may be looking to recall Gilmour at the start of the new year.

Season-long loan deals typically include an option for clubs to recall their players in January.

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