Jamie Carragher warns Thomas Tuchel that he has a time bomb in the Chelsea team

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has warned Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel that Romelu Lukaku’s presence in the team is like a time bomb.

Chelsea spent £97.5m to sign up the Belgian from Inter Milan, as the club broke its transfer record to give the Belgian a second stint at the club.

Romelu Lukaku caused a massive stir following an interview with Sky Italia where he professed his love for Inter Milan and criticised Tuchel’s tactics.

The dust surrounding the Lukaku saga has since died down, but the Belgian’s performance has been far from impressive.

Jamie Carragher has now warned that if Lukaku doesn’t start scoring soon enough, his presence would be like a time bomb for Thomas Tuchel.

He told the Daily Telegraph: “All the talk about how a couple of years working with this weekend’s opponent, Antonio Conte, have elevated Lukaku’s game tactically has proven premature.

“Thomas Tuchel is managing the same striker who prompted Manchester United to run out of patience and sell him to Inter Milan.

“That’s why I can’t help but think there is a timebomb in the Chelsea dressing room, with the player and club already losing patience with each other.

“The recent furore over the interview Lukaku gave to Italian media was a hint of what might follow.

“There has been a period of calm since, but if performances continue to underwhelm and Tuchel starts to give the impression his first choice XI does not have Lukaku’s name on it, it is likely the alarm bells have been paused, not deactivated.

“Tuchel waited before reintroducing Lukaku into the side after his recent injury, and substituted him against Manchester City and Brighton following two poor performances.

“They were telling moments as Chelsea were desperate to score when those decisions were taken. Here was another insight into the mind of the modern coach.

“If his form does not improve it will become a problem the club will have to consider between now and the end of the season, weighing up as to whether they will need another solution up front when planning for a renewed title bid next year.”

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