Manchester United are the world’s richest football club, which perfectly explains why they’ve had no hesitation splashing over £100 million on two new recruits thus far this summer. Promising centre back Victor Lindelof was a very shrewd piece of business from Jose Mourinho, but he was never going to grab the headlines the way Romelu Lukaku’s move has. The Red Devils swooped in and stole the Belgian centre-forward from under Chelsea’s noses and while the fee being paid is excessive, United and Mourinho are onto a winner.
Lukaku is just 24-years-old and already has over five years experience of Premier League football. His scintillating loan spell at West Brom really put him on the map, which culminated in him bagging a hat-trick and ruining Sir Alex Ferguson’s farewell match as United manager.
Much was made of the Belgian linking up with Mourinho again, after the Portuguese sold him during his second tenure at Stamford Bridge. Lukaku was brought in to replace the ageing Didier Drogba, and was ironically replaced by an even older Drogba. But Mourinho has displayed that he is prepared to put the past behind throughout his time at Old Trafford, just look at the importance of Juan Mata in his team last season.
If you were to design a striker from the ground up, you’d design something very similar to Romelu Lukaku. A 6ft 3in beast, Lukaku has the strength and physique to bully even the most physical centre-backs. And while his first touch could do with a bit of work, when he gets going the Belgian is an accomplished dribbler of the ball, and he has a deadly finish. He’s the first Everton player to score 25 goals in consecutive season since Bob Latchford, and was in the PFA Team of the Year.
What can’t be denied is that he’s a goalscorer. He’s got more goals at his current age than the likes of Luis Suarez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He also boasts 20 international goals from 57 caps, which isn’t a bad return by any means.
One of the big question marks hanging over his head is his impact in big games. However, this argument does lack a bit of foundation. The reality of it is, Lukaku scored as many goals against the top 6 sides last year as Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane, and more than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa and Phillipe Coutinho.
Lukaku won’t struggle for chances either, United were one of the most creative sides in the league last year, and yet scored the least of the top seven sides. Ibrahimovic might have gained many plaudits for his performances last term, but he was one of the most wasteful strikers last term.
He has all the tools to succeed at Old Trafford, so given he works hard, Romelu Lukaku has no reason to fail at Manchester United.
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