Chelsea may be in the hunt to sign striking sensation Erling Haaland but they need the Borussia Dortmund star NOW after concerning injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner following victory over Malmo
- Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner were forced off in the first half against Malmo
- Both strikers could now face a spell sidelined, and the Blues lack a back-up
- Thomas Tuchel has already sounded out Erling Haaland as a transfer option
- In their short time on the pitch at Stamford Bridge Werner had missed an excellent chance following a short pass from Lukaku
Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Chelsea’s interest in Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland next summer – but how the German could do with the Norwegian sensation immediately.
While everything was going according to plan in terms of the result, Chelsea were lurching into a worrying attacking injury crisis against Malmo on Wednesday as Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner limped off with injuries before half-time.
Earlier in the day, Chelsea fans were daydreaming about the prospect of adding another jewel to their attacking crown following a revealing interview from Tuchel in his native Germany.
Thomas Tuchel will need to rethink his attack after injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner
In a comments that will strike fear into the Blues’ domestic and European rivals, Tuchel revealed the club’s plot to sign Haaland – and in doing so raising the frightening prospect of a formidable strike partnership with £97.5million club record signing Lukaku.
Haaland appears likely to leave the Bundesliga ahead of next summer due to a £64million release clause in his existing contract.
The planet’s biggest clubs all harbour hopes of signing the young striker – and Tuchel has revealed Chelsea will join the race.
‘We have talked about Haaland a couple of times also in the transfer window. It looked unrealistic and not possible to do,’ Tuchel revealed in an interview with SportBild.
Lukaku is consoled by Tuchel after limping off half-way through the first half against Malmo
His Chelsea strike partner Timo Werner also had to depart shortly before half-time
‘Of course we talk regularly about him because he is a fantastic player and a profile at Dortmund, which is a big rival for us in the Champions League.’
When asked whether Lukaku’s presence may prevent any deal, Tuchel replied that he would have ‘no problem’ in using the pair together.
When pressed again about the possibility of signing Haaland, Tuchel added: ‘Let us see what will happen the next weeks.’
You’d imagine Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid will have their say in the coming weeks, too.
Tuchel has sounded out the possibility of signing Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund
The immediate concern for Tuchel, however, will be the fitness of Lukaku and Werner heading into Saturday’s clash against Norwich.
Belgium international Lukaku limped off in the 22nd minute with a suspected right ankle injury following a poor challenge from Lasse Nielsen as Lukaku won his team a penalty, that Jorginho duly converted.
Werner wasn’t far behind him, substituted towards the end of the opening 45 minutes with what looked like a hamstring problem.
The absence of Lukaku, however, will provide Tuchel with the biggest headache.
Werner had missed an excellent opportunity to open the scoring for Chelsea on Wednesday
Lukaku looked in some discomfort as he trudged off the pitch before heading straight back down the tunnel for further assessment.
Having not scored in six games for Chelsea, the 28-year-old showed signs of getting back to his old self in his, albeit, short cameo.
He laid one on a plate for Timo Werner, whose finishing let him down again before seeing his venomous deflected shot tipped over the bar by Johan Dahlin.
Lukaku was at his powerful best as he battered Nielsen into submission in winning Chelsea’s penalty. But now Tuchel is facing up to being without his striker for a sustained period.