Following Romelu Lukaku’s move to Manchester United, his Belgian compatriots at rivals Manchester City have sung the praises of the striker. First, captain Vincent Kompany, has claimed he hopes Lukaku does well in the season ahead and won’t be surprised if he does given how hard he works on the training pitch.
I want him to do well — except for in a few games this season! As long as we’re ahead of them, I’m happy for him to do really well. The one thing you get when you have Romelu is an incredible drive to improve and to score goals. It’s something really unique that I’ve been able to observe over the years because he’s been a player from Anderlecht, which is the same youth system where I come from and I’ve really followed his progress.
The key thing with him is he believes he’s the best player in the world. It doesn’t matter whether he is or he isn’t, that’s the way he approaches every single training session, that’s the way he approaches every game.
If you think you are the best you can never really be satisfied with yourself and therefore you always keep working harder and harder and that’s what he does. It’s a special player to have but there will be a lot of competition this season.
Kevin De Bruyne has joined Kompany by hailing Lukaku as one of the best strikers in the world.
I think he’ll do very well. Everyone knows what his qualities are and he will do what he has to do. There’s a lot said about these big transfers, people mock him and other players on social media. You know it’s there, but you just can’t care about that. You just have to do your job and I think he’ll score 20 to 25 goals for United a season and that will speak for itself.
If you see his ratio of goals, it’s incredible. He’s one of the best in the world and what is he, 24? You can say that about him at that age. Obviously he has his way of playing‚ don’t compare him to a Lionel Messi. He’s a big, physical guy and can be awesome.
Made in Manchester is available for just £5. It includes 30 articles from the country's best football writers about graduates from the Manchester United academy. All profit goes to Trafford Macmillan so please support this fantastic cause.