ROMELU LUKAKU HEADED TO MANCHESTER UNITED this summer in a deal initially thought to be worth in the region of £75 million. The 24-year-old had long spoken about his personal ambitions to play Champions League football and felt that he wasn’t going to develop further as a player at Everton. With Chelsea and United both heavily interested, the Belgian international chose the latter as he felt he’d improve more as a player under the guidance of José Mourinho.
In his Everton days and West Brom ones before that, Lukaku became well known for one thing: his ability to score goals on a regular basis in the Premier League. According to Unibet statistics, the striker hit 17 in 35 for West Brom in England’s top flight and then followed that up with 68 in 141 for the Toffees. His goal scoring records stand up against anyone’s in the division and his ability to continue to deliver the goods fast made him one of the most sought-after players in the world.
One negative that has often been thrown Lukaku’s way though is that he doesn’t really contribute apart from scoring the goals and at times he’s described as lazy, even selfish. In United’s game against Liverpool at Anfield, Lukaku was largely ineffective throughout and this was highlighted in the media post game. The thing is, at 24, no player is complete, and if anyone is going to help develop Lukaku into a more rounded striker, it’s going to be Mourinho.
So far in the Premier League, Lukaku has managed to score seven goals in nine games. In all competitions, he has 11 in 12 and has only failed to score in two outings; in one of those he missed a penalty. Therefore, the general opinion from United fans and sports pundits is that Lukaku is in great shape goal-scoring wise – and that’s without United having the services of Paul Pogba over the last few weeks. If he gets the service, he will score goals, with either foot or his head. He is the complete finisher, but should people be in a rush for him to become the complete player?
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to the Old Trafford fold seemingly imminent, he will be a great mentor for the Belgian as he looks to continue to improve. There’ll be no complaints from anyone if he keeps on delivering the goods in front of goal, and even when a game seems destined for a draw, you can’t help but feel that if Lukaku gets a sniff, he’d end up winning it.
On the other hand, you may look at it and think that if he added a bit more to his game, he could be instrumental in helping to turn the draws into vital wins. With age on his side and being at one of the best clubs in the world and working under one of the finest managers around, he’s sure to become the complete player sooner rather than later.