Written by @samjsneddon
Prices of transfers are becoming enormously expensive - we live in a world where you can buy a man for £200m. The Premier League are big culprits for overspending and the richest of clubs can spend and spend all day long. The issue though is paying millions or even hundreds of millions of pounds on a football player can come with massive risks, its just one big gamble. Most times, this money is spent well and the players can go onto be fantastic for the club, but sometimes, it doesn't go so smoothly. I want to talk about Romelu Lukaku - "the Belgian goal-scoring machine", or so we thought.
In the summer of 2017, as we began the new season, Manchester United was desperate to sign some world-class talent, in hope of winning the league. The highlight of this was a £90m striker (£75m + add-ons), Romelu Lukaku from Everton. Man United fans around the world and even just fans of the EPL were raring to see him play. Even I thought he'd be a huge success.
Lukaku's start was a phenomenal one - scoring on his debut against Real Madrid and then twice on his league debut, (only done by 4 other Manchester Utd players). His first 9 appearances saw him score 10 goals, breaking the record held by the legendary Sir Bobby Charlton.
Today, though, we face a different matter. Although he sits 5th in the top-scorers list so far in the Premier League, his performances where it matters are defective. In fact, he has only scored ONE goal against the top six in his Manchester United career (3 goals in 29 apps total) - against Manchester City.
Now, not all is bad. In fact, to call Lukaku a bad striker is completely wrong. In 25 EPL starts, he has scored 12 goals and made 5 assists.
I thought I'd bring this up with my mates, before writing this article. Out of four of them - the one supporting Manchester United, as you would expect, was the first to answer. But not in the way I would have guessed. He said, "He's the biggest waste of money". All the others followed by claiming "he's so inconsistent" and "isn't as good as he was at Everton".
Comparing him to the top forwards in the league:
Harry Kane - 25 apps - 22 goals - 1 assist
Mo Salah - 25 apps- 21 goals - 6 assists
Sergio Aguero - 21 apps - 17 goals - 5 assists
Raheem Sterling - 24 apps - 14 goals - 6 assists
Romelu Lukaku - 25 apps - 12 goals - 5 assists
To conclude; Is Lukaku a bad striker? Of course not.
Is he ‘ThE bEsT sTrIkEr In ThE lEaGuE?’ Nope.
Is he worth £90m? Nobody is worth that much, but if someone is, it certainly isn't Lukaku.
Tell me your opinions - I'd love to hear them! Tweet me @samjsneddon.