Oh hell naw, Lucci for Nakama?
I can get the meme power behind Caesar or hell, Caribou. But we are talking the same Lucci who is the number one WG dicksucker next to Greenbull. Not going to happen.
What I think will happen in this or the next Arc is, Oda is probably going to let the last crew member join the Straw hats. The reason I am saying this is that throughout the Wano Arc, Yamato multiple times told Luffy that she/he wanted to join them. Thus, Oda was drawing the readers focus back to the matter of the last Straw hat’s crew member. We as reader, back then were thinking “Oh, great, Yamato is a good choice and as good as drafted, especially because at the end of the arc, Luffy even asked him/her officially to be one of them.”
Then it happened and Oda trolled us – Yamato declined, which at one moment changed everything, but one small thing – we as readers are now especially focusing on the last empty seat within the straw hat-crew that still has to be filled.
This is exactly the reason as to why I am now thinking that Oda is probably planning on letting the last man/woman/robot/diverse join. Still, I don’t know if it will be this arc or the next or even the next after the next. But fact is, Oda is already hinting that the last one will join – as to who that will be, we can only guess.
The reason I am still standing behind my opinion that Lucci is in fact a possibility is: Oda was actually using multiple chances of reintroducing Lucci as a character again in the main story line. We saw him with Shirahoshi and the world nobles, we saw him during the aftermath of Dressrosa and we saw him during Wano as he told is colleagues to capture Robin and again with the mentioning of Who’s Who. It is the exact same way Oda also reintroduced Smoker, who then had a major role against Doflamingo.
This is also the reason I think Lucci is having a major role here on Egghead as well. Besides Oda is actually depicting him in a respectful manner, which he does not for everyone (e.g., Spandam).
What I do here is just putting things together that I notice as a reader. And those two things – hinting at the empty seat and reintroduction of a former character (who is acting really strange at the moment) for a probably bigger role – were things I just stumbled upon.
If you want to think of another way to try to figure out, who will most likely join, we can also think from the other way around: The whole of the Straw hat crew consistes of not only diverse personalities and fighting styles but also of a rather diverse accumulation of proficiencies. Those talents are what make them unique and the whole crew in general more complete with each member joining (e.g., Nami is navigator, Sanji is the cook, etc.). If we want to know which proficiency the Straw hat crew is still missing, we could also take a look in what aspect they are still lacking: For example – they are broke all the time. If someone with money or someone who does know how to acquire money would join, this person would be filling a gap the crew still has – he/she/it would be a likely candidate.