With 10 goals and four assists, only Mohamed Salah has contributed to more Premier League goals than Romelu Lukaku this season. In fact, he’s scored more in all competitions than Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez combined.
Yet after a dry in October and November, some people have been calling the former Everton striker a flop.
As his goals against Bournemouth and West Brom over the past week have shown, if he gets good delivery, he will score. Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford put in inch perfect crosses to him and he made sure he was there to meet it. In the air, there aren’t many strikers in European football who are better than him.
Following Manchester United’s 2-1 win over West Brom on Sunday, fellow goalscorer Jesse Lingard sung the praises of his teammate.
Lukaku’s goal was similar to the goal he scored against Bournemouth, he’s got great movement in the box and will score goals all day long. The 12th man, the fans, are always behind us and always back us whether we win, lose or draw. It was great to have them there on days like today.
Lukaku is only 24 yet he already has 95 Premier League goals to his name, which is a remarkable feat. He’s also Belgium’s all-time top scorer.
Last month, our striker responded to the criticism he was receiving, claiming he still has growing and learning to do. He’s still years away from his peak so the future bodes well.
I think a lot of people are judging me as the finished article. I’m 24 — you can’t judge me as the finished article. I’d rather have a year where I improve, improve, improve rather than going straight to the top and then declining.
I know I have a lot of talent. I can do a lot of stuff, score goals with my left, right and head, but I want to be a creator — I want to have more assists. I want to make sure when my team is having difficulties they can count on me.
I’m on the perfect stage and the perfect age. I want to be a winner and take my career to the next level.