The Premier League is blessed with some very good strikers at the moment, who are, and will continue to break records.
Of the past few years, Sergio Agüero and Harry Kane have probably been the standout strikers in the league, but Man United’s Romelu Lukaku has always been in the conversation. Now, Lukaku is certainly a good player, but he simply isn’t at the level of either the Argentinian or the England captain.
Both Agüero and Kane average roughly two goals per three games in all competitions for their clubs. This is comparable to other Premier Legends such as Thierry Henry and Ruud van Nistlerooy, and Luis Suárez in recent years. In the league alone, Kane average 0.7 goals per game, Agüero averages 0.69 goals per game, and Suárez averaged 0.63.
On the other hand, the Belgian averages 0.46 goals per game in the Premier League, and just under a goal every two games in all competitions. Some would argue that Everton would have been a harder team to score for than Man United, which is true, but his percentages are almost identical for either club.
Now a goal every two games is still a very impressive average, which the likes of Diego Costa and Robin van Persie averaged in all competitions during their stays in England, but it doesn’t match up to the bigger names in the league.
Lukaku has played 14 games more than Agüero in the Premier League and 67 more than Kane, but has scored 44 goals fewer than the Argentinian and eight fewer than the Tottenham striker. He simply is not as consistent as other top strikers in the league, and the stats show.
Additionally, going in Man United’s match against Tottenham in August this year, Kane had scored two more goals against top six teams than Lukaku in 30 fewer games, with the Englishman scoring in that game as well.
These are just some stats that go to show that, despite shelling out £75m for the striker, he simply is not as good as other strikers in the Premier League, past or present. He is certainly in amongst a handful of good strikers, but with other clubs boasting forwards with much more impressive goal scoring records, there is a chance that United may be trying to convince themselves of the forward’s ability.
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