Why Romelu Lukaku will fail at Manchester United

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    Reports emerged recently that 24 year old Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku had completed his medical for his destined move to English powerhouse Manchester United.

    In the Premier League, his goal scoring stats have been quite staggering. Since the 2013-14 season, he has notched up 85 goals for both West Brom and Everton. He has come off the back of a stellar 2016-17 season, scoring 25 goals in the top flight.

    Going by these numbers, Manchester United supporters have been going into meltdown over the past 24 hours, hoping that the new $96 million signing will be one of the final pieces in the jigsaw for Jose Mourinho who is in search for the domestic league title.

    Despite Lukaku’s impressive performances, he will not succeed at his new club.

    With all due respect, Everton is a small club which likes to counter attack at every given opportunity. This has given Lukaku the freedom to run in behind defences and provide space for himself to score most of his goals.

    At Man United, that’s not going to happen.

    Mourinho’s side will be a team which likes to move the ball around and create little one-twos in tight spaces in and around the penalty area. This is his main weakness, as he isn’t mobile enough to make room for himself to give him shooting chances.

    Being able to hold up the ball is another weakness that United will have to try and improve on in his game. Lukaku’s first touch is abysmal, making him unable to bring others around him into the game and provide chances in front of goal for others.

    Every club Mourinho has managed throughout his career has seen a strong forward who can hold up the ball. The likes of Diego Costa, Diego Milito, Benni McCarthy and Didier Drogba were able to do just that, which also helped him win trophies as big as the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan.

    Let’s face it, Lukaku was playing with no pressure at Everton with expectations of a mid-table finish every season. He was hardly ever criticised in the media and was able to adapt to his own favourite playing style.

    The mentality aspect needs to be a lot stronger, as he has to produce week in week out whether it be in the Premier League or the Champions League. He can’t expect to get away with scoring goals just against the lower teams. He needs to produce consistently against the big boys as well.

    Romelu Lukaku of Everton F.C.

    (Photo: AAP images).

    With a huge price tag placed on Lukaku’s shoulders, it has been proven in the past that it is so easy to give in to high amounts of pressure and expectations.

    Paul Pogba ($105 million) and James Rodriguez ($91 million) are perfect examples. They have underperformed since their big money moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid, which is what I fear for Lukaku the most.

    We have to remember also the reasons as to why Jose Mourinho sold the Belgian in the first place when at Chelsea for $25 million.

    Those reasons include the ones that have been mentioned.

    Obviously though, Lukaku’s strengths such as his power and goal scoring ability have changed Mourinho’s mind about the player which makes him feel as though he has the right tools to succeed at Old Trafford.

    Romelu Lukaku is a capable player with a lot of potential and has time on his side to grow and develop. It’s just those negatives that are going to stop him from being a world class player and succeeding at Manchester United.

    This transfer will prove out to be a disappointment.

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    • July 10th 2017 @ 3:22am
      Peter Creer said | July 10th 2017 @ 3:22am | ! Report

      And it is for these reasons that Everton have done a great bit of business . Lukaku never turned up in any match that would have moved the team to the next level. Your disregard for Everton’s size is frustrating but that attitude will be challenged in this new era at Godison.

      • Roar Pro

        July 10th 2017 @ 9:08am
        andresilva10 said | July 10th 2017 @ 9:08am | ! Report

        Everton have made some quality signings this transfer window and might challenge for the top 4. This was never the case in previous years, which is why I call them a small club.

        “Lukaku never turned up in any match that would have moved the team to the next level”

        Totally agree.

    • July 10th 2017 @ 3:34am
      Kelechi said | July 10th 2017 @ 3:34am | ! Report

      This a very wrong assumption, you will eat your words and swallow them come end of the upcoming season. Mark my words

    • July 10th 2017 @ 3:39am
      Tim said | July 10th 2017 @ 3:39am | ! Report

      A ridiculous article. This isn’t the Man U of old. This is an average side managed by an overrated, defensively minded manager. The opposite of Everton. Your article shows a complete ignorance of how things are.

      • Roar Pro

        July 10th 2017 @ 9:00am
        andresilva10 said | July 10th 2017 @ 9:00am | ! Report

        In the last 2 seasons with Van Gaal and Mourinho they have been boring to watch. I think Mourinho has no choice this season and needs to play a style of football that the fans want to see. He proved he isn’t always a defensive minded manager at Chelsea when they won the league in 2014/15

      • July 10th 2017 @ 6:09pm
        punter said | July 10th 2017 @ 6:09pm | ! Report

        2 Champions league cups, 8 Premierships, 2 UEFA/Europa cups, geez high standard if you call this overrated!!!!

    • Roar Guru

      July 10th 2017 @ 7:54am
      Kaks said | July 10th 2017 @ 7:54am | ! Report

      I’m glad he is going to United instead of Chelsea, however the reasons you have stated show to me that you haven’t watched Lukaku play.

      “as he isn’t mobile enough to make room for himself to give him shooting chances”

      He may be a big guy, but he is extremely mobile. His touch is poor but that’s not the end of the world.

      The reason I wanted United to take him was his attitude. We dont need bad attitudes like Lukaku’s at the Bridge.

      He will score them goals, but I wonder how long he will be there before he starts sulking for various reasons.

      • July 10th 2017 @ 6:10pm
        punter said | July 10th 2017 @ 6:10pm | ! Report


      • July 12th 2017 @ 8:54am
        Buddy said | July 12th 2017 @ 8:54am | ! Report

        Kaks, I find it slightly alarming when I run across someone who supports the same teams and holds similar opinions! I am quite happy that RL has not returned to SW6 not just for attitude but more that I don’t think he would give any improvement or variation to the squad. I don’t believe his conversion rate is anywhere near high enough in the really tough games and when I have seen him play for Belgium, he looks quite ordinary for the most part. I am not convinced that Jose really admires him and believes he is the missing piece. I think Man U are caught up in playing out their role of being being biggest and richest and can choose the most expensive lollies from the top shelf. I prefer the more planned approach to squad development rather than cherry picking although still disappointed that the youth players are not afforded an opportunity at first team level for the most part. Many years past, Ray Wilkins was club captain at 18……. different times I know but he was very capable and Manu were happy enough to shell out around 800,000 before that magic million mark was brought on by Trevor Francis!

    • Roar Rookie

      July 10th 2017 @ 8:06am
      MoriartyExp said | July 10th 2017 @ 8:06am | ! Report

      You have literally just watched ESPN FC and typed their opinions of Lukaku to United.

      • Roar Pro

        July 10th 2017 @ 9:03am
        andresilva10 said | July 10th 2017 @ 9:03am | ! Report

        The points made about Mourinho’s previous strikers I decided to add in.
        I watch Lukaku play, so it is my opinion

    • Roar Pro

      July 10th 2017 @ 8:43am
      The Doc said | July 10th 2017 @ 8:43am | ! Report

      nice write up Christian. not sure which way this will pan out. I think ultimately he will be a good player for united. I agree his first touch is poor and hold up play could be better. At united, he wont have to hold the play as much as did when he played for everton. They will control plenty of games from midfield and so it will be interesting to see how he goes when he gets lots of good service and can play in an around the box, leading a line that will control midfield in most matches. His record against the top sides is poor but perhaps this will change playing for united.
      At his best he is frightening and if he can bring that passion and quality to every game then he will be a success.