Romelu Lukaku’s future at Manchester United is uncertain amid talks with Inter Milan. Currently the Italians lack the required money to buy him, The Telegraph report.
Lukaku must take some responsibility for his failure to kick on at United, but a lot of it lies with Ed Woodward too.
In the same summer he was bought, Jose Mourinho desperately wanted to sign winger Ivan Perisic. Woodward would not meet Inter’s demands.
Looking back, this was the beginning of the end for Mourinho, sparking his falling out with the board which led to his demise.
United have not signed a proven winger since.
This summer United signed Dan James. He’s a work in progress, who could surprise us.
As it currently stands, Lukaku is set to stay.
So if United keep the player they spent a total of £90 million on [Mail], how about finally giving him the tools to succeed?
Lukaku is a physical striker who can be the focal point of attack and can thrive off quality crosses. He hasn’t been given this opportunity enough at United.
Transfermarkt data shows Lukaku has scored only five headers in the Premier League for United in two seasons.
The previous two years at Everton he scored 10 headers.
Their wing play wasn’t exactly first class, but evidently it was better than what United have been serving up. With an elite winger supplying him, Lukaku could show what he is all about.
Dan James, Tahith Chong, Diogo Dalot, are options out wide, but United need more quality in addition to potential.
Even if Lukaku is sold, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial will still need greater creativity.
While we would hope this could come from Bruno Fernandes if he’s signed, a winger must still be a top priority.
PSV star Hirving Lozano or Lille ace Nicolas Pepe would both be ideal. The two young wingers provided 19 assists combined last season.
United’s success through the years has been built around exciting wing play.
This has been absent for the last two seasons in which Lukaku has been at United.
It seems the need for a right winger is being lost in the shuffle amid a drawn out transfer window, which United are making hard work of. Midfield and defence need to be addressed.
Keeping Lukaku can be a good thing, but there’s little point if the club are not going to put him in a position to flourish.
He can contribute, but not as he’s really capable of. And his transfer value will continue to plummet.
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