After a pretty decent start to his Manchester United career, Romelu Lukaku is now experiencing the kind of goal drought which keeps strikers up at night.
The last time that the big Belgian found the net at Old Trafford was back in March, and with the media now getting on his back, the pressure is on Lukaku to show the footballing world what he’s really made of.
Whilst eight months is a long time to go without scoring a goal on your own patch, the criticism of the striker has been particularly harsh from some quarters, with a number of outlets underlining things that have happened since Lukaku last found the net in home colours.
Due to Lukaku’s indifferent goalscoring form, a number of dissenting voices have suggested that United cut their losses and bring a world-class replacement in. But is this the right thing to do?
Strikers Are All About Confidence
Even the best forwards in world football go through bad periods. Cast your mind back to a couple of months ago and many neutral observers were questioning the credentials of Cristiano Ronaldo after he failed to score in a few successive games.
Fast forward to the present day and the Portuguese striker is back to his best in Serie A and is also doing his bit to make sure The Old Lady have yet another successful run in the Champions League.
It’s quite clear that Romelu Lukaku is a streaky striker and will go through periods of both untouchable brilliance and middle of the road mediocrity. The main question is, can United afford to persevere with a striker who cannot consistently find the net in the biggest games?
Romelu Lukaku is one half of football away from going 1,000 minutes without scoring for Man Utd 😱
🏟 Since his last goal at Old Trafford:
⚽️ Man City have scored 83 goals
👔 Real Madrid have had 3 managers
🤑 Alexis Sanchez has picked up £12,000,000 in wages pic.twitter.com/lgoBmc3PSW
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) November 29, 2018
All Things Considered, Lukaku Is Still Young and Learning
Romelu Lukaku is one of those players who seems to have been around for an age and as a result, it’s easy to forget that the Belgian is still only 25.
Considering that most players tend to reach their peak at around 28 or 29, the striker still has a good few years before he’s at his devastating best. Once again, whether United stick with Lukaku will depend on how much faith Mourinho has in the player. After spending in excess of £75 million for the striker, you have to imagine that Jose believes Lukaku is the right man to lead the line for United.
Lukaku Can Still Be Successful This Season
After qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League, there’s plenty of football to be played at Old Trafford from now until the end of the season. It appears that the best United can hope for in the league is a top-four finish and the team will need to use all of the tools at their disposal in order to achieve this.
Lukaku can undoubtedly still salvage his season and with 4 Premier League goals already to his name, the Golden Boot is still well within his grasp. At 50/1, Lukaku is fantastic value to finish the season atop of the Premier League goalscoring charts and with a number of bonus bets and sign up offers from Oddschecker, it’s possible to have a risk free punt on the Belgian having rediscovered his scoring touch come May.
"He was not selfish at all. He was good for the team and he has to build on that."
Ander Herrera has praised his #MUFC team-mate Romelu Lukaku ⬇️
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 2, 2018
The Next 6 Months Will Determine Lukaku’s Future
Despite his Old Trafford drought, Romelu Lukaku is undoubtedly still a world class striker and can flourish under the guidance of Jose Mourinho. Despite the manager publicly criticising the striker after the goalless draw with Crystal Palace last weekend, Mourinho knows how to get the best out of players (see Luke Shaw) and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Lukaku is firing on all cylinders again come the Christmas period…