Most players have been impacted positively by the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Romelu Lukaku hasn’t had the same benefit from the Norweigan’s appointment. The Belgian has been in and out of the Man Utd first team, and at points, it’s been hard to understand why.
Amongst a lot of Man Utd fans, he is rarely considered one of the club’s most important or most impressive players, and that sentiment has only grown over the last few months.
In truth, it’s been the case for a while. The suggestion that Romelu Lukaku is in a tier below the Premier League’s best players is an opinion that seems to have stuck, and it’s tough to understand why. In fact, there’s a case to suggest that Lukaku could well be one of the most underrated players in England.
After all, this is a player that has impressed wherever he’s gone. Anderlecht, West Brom, Everton, Man Utd – Lukaku has impressed in every league that he’s played in, and he’s done so for every single team that’s given him a fair chance. He made his name at West Brom, grew as a player at Everton, and quickly adjusted to life at a top team when he moved to Old Trafford. It’s remarkable that he’s 19th in the list of all-time Premier League goalscorers, yet isn’t held in the same esteem as some of his rivals in the list. His quality is highlighted further by the fact that Lukaku and Harry Kane, who are the same age, are separated by just 12 Premier League goals in the all-time ranking. Kane is largely considered the best forward in England and perhaps in Europe – so why is Lukaku not getting praise relative to his position in the list? It’s certainly not outside the realms of possibility that he could force his way beyond the 200 mark, and he could even get close to Alan Shearer at 260 goals scored – that’s how lethal he’s been thus far in his career.
Let’s not forget, too, that he hasn’t only done this at club level. He’s also the record goalscorer for his country, Belgium, and that speaks volumes of his quality. There are some top players in the team at present, like Eden Hazard, yet despite his fantastic record for his country, the two players are rarely spoken about in the same context.
Even if you take the stats away for a second, it’s easy to forget just how much Lukaku has achieved. He was one of the Premier League’s most consistent forwards and he is still in his early-mid twenties, and he’s been so consistent for club and country. Is he flawless? No – but what player is?
The fact of the matter is that Romelu Lukaku deserves more credit. He’s a fantastic player, and though most fans don’t recognise it, his achievements have been remarkable thus far. If he continues to do as he has done for the next 5 years, he’ll force his way into the discussion for being one of the Premier League’s greatest forwards of all time. Until then, he’s got little choice but to keep his head down and attempt to change perceptions.
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