Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has come under severe criticism in recent times owing to his lack of goals.
The United front-man has only 6 goals to his name in 15 Premier League matches. His failure to find the back of the net even once in 4 Champions League matches is something even more disappointing.
The £75-million striker has simply not done enough this season to justify his price tag. His form in front of goal has led to frustration among fans, also attracting criticism from pundits.
With only 6 goals and zero assists, one may think that Lukaku’s days in United are numbered. However, the Manchester United management must not be hasty in offloading the Belgian striker, who may still have a lot to offer to the club.
Supporters have often taken to the internet to express the need for a new front-man and their desire to see Lukaku being driven out of the club. The United faithful must not forget what the Red Devils’ current number 9 brings to the club though.
1. Premier League Tried and Tested
Lukaku came to the Premier League in August 2011, and has been a Premier League prayer ever since.
In his 7 years in the Premier League, the striker has played for 4 different clubs, scoring 107 goals in the process.
There are only 4 players who have scored more than 100 EPL goals and are still playing in the League: Lukaku is one of them.
Fans must identify that at the moment, the Belgian international is the best option for the Red Devils.
Romelu Lukaku admits he came back from the World Cup too bulky for Premier League football. pic.twitter.com/pOgDi1x3U6
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) December 10, 2018
2. Lukaku’s Debut Season Contributions
Lukaku joined Manchester United in the 2017 summer transfer window. In first EPL game in a Manchester United shirt, he scored a brace, becoming the 4th United player to do so.
Nine appearances later, he scored his 10th goal of the season, breaking the goal scoring record of United legend Sir Bobby Charlton, who had scored nine times in his first nine games.
The striker ended the season as United’s top scorer with 16 EPL goals and 5 Champions League goals.
Romelu Lukaku is reportedly considering leaving Man Utd.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 8, 2018
3. Belgium’s All-time Top Scorer
Lukaku, who has scored 45 goals in 79 matches for Belgium, is the country’s all-time top goal scorer. The Belgian forward has a 0.57 per game goal ratio to his name which, in no way, can be tagged as a disappointing return.
The 25-year-old has time on his side. Achieving such a feat at such a young age is proof of his goal-scoring prowess.
Manchester United fans and the management must remain calm. Lukaku is sure to find form once again, and sooner or later will start to produce performances that are expected of him.
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4. Lukaku is More than a Goal Scorer
Lukaku is widely known a player who will get his team goals. However, his contributions don’t end there.
His strength and presence on the pitch often create chances for his team-mates. His physical ability is also useful for hold-up plays, which hugely complements United’s current playing style.
His physicality becomes very useful in both attacking and defending set pieces.
His record as an assist maker is not half bad either. The United centre-forward ended last season as the team’s second highest maker in the Premier League with 7 assists to his name.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) December 9, 2018
5. Tremendous Work Rate
Many a time we have seen him tracking back opponents and even taking up full-back positions to make challenges in the dying minutes of the game.
"Me and the manager had good conversations in the last couple of days, where really he told me what he wanted from me."
Romelu Lukaku says he is clearer on his Man Utd role after speaking with Jose Mourinho.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 10, 2018
It is true that his price tag demands high expectations. However, every player goes through tough times and poor form. United must be patient with their main man and work to get the best out of him.