Chelsea stuttered a 2-4 loss to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. Despite the defeat, Thomas Tuchel’s men remain third in the Premier League table.
Meanwhile, Dean Saunders believes Romelu Lukaku has dropped out at Stamford Bridge. Elsewhere, Tino Livramento opened up on leaving the Blues.
On that note, here’s a rundown of Chelsea’s top transfer stories as of April 21, 2022:
Dean Saunders accuses Romelu Lukaku of dropping out at Stamford Bridge
Former Wales striker Dean Saunders has given a searing assessment of Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian was again ineffective for Chelsea against Arsenal on Wednesday.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Saunders questioned Lukaku’s desire to change his career at Stamford Bridge, saying:
“I have two thoughts about Lukaku because I was a striker, and I know what it feels like when you don’t score. On the other hand, I watch him and I think you work hard to try to stay on the team? Are you embarrassed? Do you realize the manager doesn’t like you so you packed up and gave up? Do you realize the fans don’t like you for what you said ?”
Saunders added that Kai Havertz performs better than Lukaku in the role of number nine, adding:
“I think he just gave up. He doesn’t run, and because he doesn’t run, he keeps opposing centre-backs together in midfield. They are never removed from the middle or separated. Havertz plays up there and pulls people wide and runs and misses.”
“I watch Lukaku tonight, and he walks, the ball is exchanged on the pitch, and he always walks. When you’re bought for £100m and you’re paid a ridiculous wage, that’s the price on the ticket. If you don’t produce all the goods, you will be criticized. You are the best player, the highest paid player, and he has to take it on the chin and try to get away with it.”
Lukaku has scored just 12 times in all competitions this season. He started against the Gunners but was pulled out with 30 minutes to go.
Tino Livramento opens up on his Chelsea departure
Speaking to Hampshire Live, the 19-year-old said he left London to play regular football.
“You look back, and I didn’t have a lot of changes through the academy. I stayed at Chelsea and signed all the contracts they gave me. Taking that step to decide to leave was huge, but it was well thought out, I took a lot of time and a lot of reasoning, in the end I just wanted to play first-team football consistently,” said Livramento.
“I didn’t realize I would be playing so much so early on, but I realized I would probably get more opportunities than maybe I would have had at Chelsea. It was the right decision for me, I felt it. Maybe not everyone would have done what I did, and I’m not saying what I did would work for everyone, but I looked for myself , and ultimately, it was what I thought was good for me.”
Livramento has made 30 appearances for the Saints this season.
Andreas Christensen reveals his mood in the dressing room after the Gunners defeat
Chelsea have lost three consecutive home games in all competitions for the first time since 1993.