In amongst the chaos and drama of Everton’s 3-3 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday, Romelu Lukaku once again scored in an ever-yawning purple patch for the Belgian.
With eight goals in his last eight league games, Lukaku is reminding supporters that he is one of the most lethal finishers in the Premier League. Moreover, his tally this season is second only to the rampant Jamie Vardy.
The statistics are incredible when you consider that Lukaku is just 22 and has already surpassed his half-century of Premier League goals.
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Comparatively, in November, Manchester United as an entire squad can only equal the Belgian’s goal tally of five. The Red Devils are deprived of any striking sharpness and their lack of depth could see them miss out on the title.
Wayne Rooney possesses just two league goals this campaign and Anthony Martial hasn’t scored domestically since September; the situation is dire. Although the latter has displayed great promise, the Frenchman has proven flimsy amidst the brutality of the Premier League.
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There is little doubt Louis van Gaal must invest in a striker during the January transfer window or the goal drought will simply roll on.
A vast number of names have been linked with a move to the red half of Manchester, even Cristiano Ronaldo. However, Real Madrid would demand an astronomical transfer fee for them to give up their mercurial talisman.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane has been another forward linked with the club, but his strong connection with Spurs sees a move unlikely.
As a result, Lukaku is a promising choice for the Red Devils and may be the perfect man to return the attacking flair to Old Trafford. In fact, the Belgian seems to tick all the boxes.
Firstly, during Van Gaal’s tenure, there has been an emphasis on youth as exemplified by Jesse Lingard’s selection and the signing of Martial. Still in his early 20's, Lukaku could have a long, thriving career at United with at least another decade at the top.
Secondly, although United are looking for youth, they need a finished article that can ensure the net ripples at Old Trafford once again. Despite his age, Lukaku is exactly that and his prolific goal record shows his finishing abilities.
Furthermore, Lukaku has proved himself across two English clubs with West Brom and Everton, for whom he was lethal. Granted, the forward was far from successful at Chelsea, but he could only do so much when presented with just ten league appearances.
Physicality is a key aspect of the Premier League so finally, United’s new striker must have a brutish tact. Where Martial comes up short, Lukaku thrives with his famous strength and ruthlessness in the penalty area.
Sure, Van Gaal’s men can play attractive possession football in the middle, but when the chips are down up front, they need a no-nonsense striker to deliver the goods.
As long as United continue to falter and Lukaku persists to thunder home the goals, the more likely it will prove that Van Gaal will come searching for the Belgian.
With the club in dire need of a strong, youthful goalscorer, the Dutchman should look no further than the Everton star.