Romelu Lukaku has now gone 8 games without having scored a goal. His woes are very much that of Manchester United itself, and being the club’s sole striker as well as Jose Mourinho’s go-to choice, it is easy to see why he is being criticized for his drought.
The Champions League game against Juventus was, in particular, quite a poor showing from the Belgian striker, who in addition to failing to score a goal, was also an all-round sorry sight.
This has led many fans to question the £75 million that Manchester United generously dished out for his signature last summer. In fact, the comments of one United legend stand out in view of Lukaku’s present woes.
Roy Keane had this to say after Lukaku made the shift to Old Trafford from Everton (RTE): “He is a good player at a good age. He knows the Premier League. He was a bargain at £75 million, it was obvious he was going to score goals.”
The Irishman had also added: “His record at Everton was fantastic and clearly he has gone to a bigger club and better team, who will create so many chances for him, he will get 25-30 goals a season.”
While his last season haul was a modest 27, this campaign, he has featured in 13 games and scored only 4 goals.
This is not to say that the Belgian won’t find the back of the net in the season that remains, but consistency is key in a striker’s journey, and this drought is proving worrisome.
Then again, Lukaku has been the subject of much criticism in his years, and it will be interesting to see in precisely what manner he will go about engineering an apt response.