Why Manchester United should definitely offload Romelu Lukaku
According to the Sun, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has grown frustrated with his lack of game-time at the club under manager Jose Mourinho. The £200k-a-week Belgian has been in very poor form since the World Cup and has started just two games since October.
Mourinho has often resorted to leaving the former Everton forward on the bench, picking Marcus Rashford for the clash against Arsenal.
Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez have also had a very mixed start to life under the former Chelsea manager. Lukaku has scored just 5 goals in 15 Premier League appearances this season after racking up 4 goals in just 6 appearances for his country in Russia. (Stats courtesy – Whoscored)
The striker has clearly experienced a drastic dip in his form and at this point of time, there seems to be no motivation for him to get better. The 25-year-old has also not managed a single goal in Europe this season.
Lukaku has often been criticised for his poor first-touch and a lack of guile in front of the goal. The Belgian has scuppered big chances on a number of occasions and moreover, he tends to give away possession in dangerous areas due to his bad touches.
The former Everton striker was once one of the most feared forwards in the league during his time at Merseyside but these days, defenders who visit Old Trafford have seamlessly dealt with the big Belgian and have kept him at bay.
A lot is expected of Manchester United’s strikers usually and Lukaku is not even close to that level. Right now, it doesn’t seem like he will get there either. United have scored just 28 goals this season while letting in 26 at the same time.
Their poor defensive record coupled with a lack of goals from their striker has very much derailed the cub’s season. The Red Devils certainly have to look for a new striker in January.
Lukaku just doesn’t make the cut anymore and the club cannot afford anymore slip-ups. The Belgian has also looked a little out of shape and overweight after returning from his break this summer.
It seems as though he has been using his entire body to sprint this season, which could be one of the major factors behind his poor touch. What Jose Mourinho needs at this moment is a much more prolific striker with some real hunger.