Whether supporters like it or not, Manchester United have their man.
While talks with Alvaro Morata preceded their raid for Romelu Lukaku, as soon as negotiations stalled with Chelsea, the Red Devils pounced. Furthermore, they were willing to foot no less than £75 million to ensure the deal was completed.
After four seasons plying his trade at Everton, it gives the Belgian a second chance at flourishing at a top side in the Premier League. He was offloaded by Chelsea in 2014 for the now seemingly measly fee of £28 million.
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United have great reason to have moved for the forward, though. Lukaku improved his goal tally every season with the Toffees, culminating in a superb 2016-17 campaign that saw 26 goals in just 39 appearances.
Only Harry Kane was able to better his league goal tally last season with Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa all lingering behind Everton’s star man.
Now with a rich midfield arsenal behind him at United, there is every reason to suggest the 24-year-old will continue to kick-on in England. He has taken just two pre-season friendlies to open his Red Devils account, after all.
Equally, there is still room for improvement and Jose Mourinho will be more than aware of this. The Belgian’s first touch can often let him down and Antonio Conte was said to be wary of his lack of movement off the ball.
When you exceed 20 goals every season, though, isn’t that mere trivia?
Well, Vincent Kompany certainly rates his international teammate and is excited to see him pull on the jersey of such a big club. That is, of course, in spite of the fact they will now lock horns in upcoming Manchester derbies.
Their time together in the Belgian national team has allowed Kompany to understand Lukaku’s game and, importantly, what has seen him rise to the very top.
Speaking to ESPN, the City stalwart stated: “The one thing you get when you have Romelu is an incredible drive to improve and to score goals.
“It’s something really unique that I’ve been able to observe over the years because he’s been a player from Anderlecht, which is the same youth system where I come from and I’ve really followed his progress.
“The key thing with him is he believes he’s the best player in the world.
“It doesn’t matter whether he is or he isn’t, that’s the way he approaches every single training session, that’s the way he approaches every game.”
So, mentality clearly plays a key role for Lukaku and, in particular, a furious self-confidence in his own ability.
It is certainly a desired trait in a Jose Mourinho team, especially when you consider games in which the Special One demands such fight and grit. Lukaku could thrive in fixtures that descend into wars of attrition.
Unfortunately for him, though, he faces a season that will necessitate justifying his price tag and that will see regular comparisons to Alvaro Morata. It’s make or break for the United’s marquee signing next season.
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