William Gallas Exclusive: Top-Class Replacement Needed For Lukaku
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William Gallas Exclusive: Top-Class Replacement Needed For Lukaku

Former Chelsea defender William Gallas believes his old club need to bring in a world-class replacement for Romelu Lukaku this summer, if they have aspirations of winning the Premier League. Lukaku arrived back in 2021 as the club’s record signing, but endured an underwhelming campaign – scoring just eight top-flight goals – before returning to Inter Milan on loan. And Gallas feels the Blues must sign a centre-forward who is a clear upgrade on the Belgian, to turn their squad into title challengers.


World-Class Replacement Needed

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “If Chelsea want to win the Premier League, they need to have good players all over the pitch and world-class talent.

“Now that Romelu Lukaku has left, they need a world-class replacement. 

“Chelsea should go for Robert Lewandowski but he's shown that he wants to go to Barcelona, so they need to find that player that will give them the opportunity to score goals and do better than Lukaku.

“Unfortunately Lukaku didn't do well last season and that's a shame because he came back to Chelsea to prove what he can do. 

“I think he didn't adapt to the Chelsea system and you need to adapt to the manager’s system – if you can do that then you're a very intelligent player.”

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Ronaldo Links

One forward being linked with a move to Chelsea is wantaway Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Gallas has no doubts about the Portugal captain’s quality – and thinks he would score goals at Stamford Bridge.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is a world class player and everybody knows that he wants to play Champions League football,” he explained. 

“Cristiano and Thomas Tuchel should have a good conversation because if Chelsea really want to sign him then they will have to speak about everything.

“Ronaldo is 37 now and even though people know he still has the quality, because last season he was Man United's top goalscorer. 

“Fans were still complaining about him for some reason and I didn't understand why, because the problem was that the players around him didn't lift their level of performance.

“Cristiano is a top class player and when you play with players like him, you need to raise your game and some of the players didn't do that – maybe because of too much pressure, or maybe because they just weren't good enough.

“If Ronaldo does sign for Chelsea, I'm sure the other players will learn a lot from him and I'm sure he'll score goals, because the players around him will give him plenty of chances.”

Defensive Recruits Needed

Centre-forward is not the only position where Gallas feels Chelsea need world-class reinforcements, with the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leaving the Blues short at the back.

“If Chelsea don't manage to sign the right defender then it'll be very difficult for them to compete in the Premier League,” he continued.

“Thiago Silva is 37 now so Chelsea will need players around him who are really strong and who have experience, so they have to decide which defender they want to sign and they have to make sure that they fit the defensive line.

“Chelsea have to decide who to sign very quickly because it's very important for any new players to join the club in time for pre-season, because then you have time to practice with the team.

“I don't know which player will end up signing for Chelsea but they have to be a world-class defender.”





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