Romelu Lukaku still needs to improve certain facets of his game

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Romelu Lukaku is one of the most feared strikers in the Premier League and has become a regular fixture in the Everton first team.

A prolific season for the Belgian saw an impressive return of 18 goals in the league, as the forward only finished behind Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Sergio Aguero in the race for the Golden Boot.

The 23-year-old has grabbed the attention of big clubs such as PSG, Juventus and former club Chelsea with his glittering performances; proving to be a silver lining in an otherwise dismal season for the Toffees.


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However, in order to truly rank among the world's best strikers, the big Belgian needs to fine tune a few aspects of his game which are currently holding him back.

Dubbed as the new Didier Drogba at the time of his arrival at Stamford Bridge, Lukaku might still have a while to go before drawing any serious comparisons to the Chelsea legend.

Drawbacks in Lukaku's game

Despite the Belgian's great strength and finishing ability, the striker is often let down by his first touch.

Playing as a target man at Goodison Park as well as for the Belgian national team, Lukaku often finds himself receiving the ball with his back turned towards the opposition goal, being pressurised by central defenders.

In such situations, it is crucial to hold the ball up to give his teammates time to join the attack. However, his first touch has been less than perfect, making it rather easy for opposition players to steal the ball off the striker.

Even while running behind the defence to latch on to a through ball, the Belgian often fails to bring the ball into complete control before having a shot at goal.

An improved first touch could greatly enhance the striker's abilities, giving him that crucial edge against the opposition defence.

Another impediment the former West Brom man needs to address is his ball control while dribbling. Lukaku has a tendency to run into defenders or lose control of the ball while charging towards the defence - something that could probably be attributed to his lack of experience.

But if the Everton star can somehow overcome that hurdle, he can turn into a more lethal striker for both club and country.

Shining on the European and world stage

Some of the world's finest strikers such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robert Lewandowski have relatively bigger frames but their immaculate first touch and ball control separate them from the rest of the crop.

Hence, there is little surprise that the best teams across Europe are vying for their signatures.

If Lukaku is to be considered in the same league as the aforementioned strikers some day, he needs to polish the attributes discussed above.

There is no doubt that the Belgian is already adept at several aspects of forward play, such as holding off defenders with his strength, brilliant aerial ability and clinical finishing.

The striker enjoyed prolific seasons on-loan at West Brom and recently for the Toffees, but will need to add that extra edge to his game in order to break into serious contention for the Premier League Golden Boot.

Lukaku was in top form going into this summer's Euros in France, scoring in all of Belgium's last three friendlies before the commencement of the continental tournament.

However, the Belgian Devils' first game against Italy saw a lacklustre performance from the striker, with the 23-year-old losing the ball on multiple occasions and eventually being replaced by Liverpool forward Divock Origi in the second half.

Playing in the Premier League is one thing; playing against world class defenders such as Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli is a whole different ball game.

To truly announce himself on the world stage as a prominent striker, the Belgian not only needs to build on his successes from last season, but learn from previous mistakes.

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