Romelu Lukaku has stepped up for Manchester United at just the right time.
When mounting injuries meant we needed him to step up, he has produced four goals in his last two games.
His match winning brace against Southampton was excellent, and masked a really poor first half display.
That’s the conundrum with Lukaku. At times this season he has been absolutely terrible.
He disappointed against Chelsea and PSG, and his first half of the season under Jose Mourinho was miserable. In a 0-0 draw against Palace in December at Old Trafford he managed only 20 touches.
Even under Solskjaer, he has looked like one of the few players who has been struggling. He’s starting to turn it around.
The goals will lift his confidence, and the Belgian can now look on his goal record this season with some satisfaction.
On par with Kane
Premier League goals this season – excluding penalties
— United In Focus (@UnitedInFocus) March 3, 2019
Excluding penalties, Lukaku has the same number of goals in the Premier League as Harry Kane.
Lukaku’s have come in fewer starts, 17 to Kane’s 24.
Some of Lukaku’s goals have come from the bench, so for comparison’s sake, his goals have come in 1,694 minutes of game time.
Kane – who has four extra penalties – has managed his 12 goals from open play in 2,157 minutes.
Now either Kane is overrated, or Lukaku is underrated, when it comes to the general perception of the pair’s season.
It would be wrong to suggest that Lukaku’s recent goal spurt makes his season a success. It hasn’t been. But it can still finish strong.
What it does show is that he can still be lethal and United should not give up on him.
If he can do this when he has not been playing well, then he is a potentially frightening option if he can show consistency and raise his game on a weekly basis.