Leaving him out of the club’s most important match of the season in the Carabao Cup final would be a huge call, but one that may prove more popular with the club’s fans.
However, it would be a gamble to go against the wishes of billionaire owner Roman Abramovich and director Marina Granovskaia, who orchestrated the club’s £97.5million record signing.
Even if he has guided the club to the Champions League and Club World Cup, few managers go against Abramovich’s wishes at Chelsea and live to tell the tale. Now that the Russian has taken a step back, it seems that Granovskaia’s role may become even more prominent.
Tuchel had demanded a new striker to be signed over the summer after watching Jorginho finish the season as top goalscorer with seven goals, and Granvoskaia delivered Lukaku, who notched 24 goals to help Inter Milan win the Serie A title.