Can Romelu Lukaku become one of the best strikers in the world?

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Romelu Lukaku reminded us of his talents with an 11-minute hat-trick last weekend, but it's fair to say the Belgian can divide opinion at times. The Stats Zone took a look at how good the Everton striker can become, and compared his stats against other top strikers, both past and present.

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Colin Williams
1 Posted 18/09/2016 at 20:31:18
Lol... Pigs will fly before that happens!!!!
Brent Stephens
2 Posted 18/09/2016 at 21:03:31
Interesting read. A variety of stats, all correct presumably; and all useful, showing his record at various stages of development. So far so good for Lukaku but he has to keep knocking them in. Hope springs eternal.
Dave Abrahams
3 Posted 18/09/2016 at 21:25:38
Can't speak Stats, only English (well... Scouse) so just with watching him, using the evidence of my own eyes, the answer is no, but I wish him well.
Colin Glassar
4 Posted 18/09/2016 at 21:32:36
Short answer – Yes.
Graham Mockford
5 Posted 18/09/2016 at 21:42:39
More catnip.

I tell you what Peter Roberts, Alan Bodell, Jay Harris, Darren H... Let's call a truce and save this thread about 200 comments.

You know it makes sense.

Dean Adams
6 Posted 18/09/2016 at 22:20:01
I find it amusing to see people actually think Lukaku won't be a top striker. He just needs to grow up, which he will of course do and his maturity will give him the common sense to do the right things. Good coaching will of course be of a huge benefit to his development and Koeman is certainly a very good coach.
Mike Hughes
7 Posted 18/09/2016 at 22:21:33
Lukaku is a proven Premier League striker and I hope we keep him. Can he become one of the best strikers in the world? Well, that depends on how 'best' is defined in this age of football 'philosophy' and after-match, touchscreen match analysis.

I don't care if every goal Lukaku scores is a spawny touch of the studs (as yesterday) or off his arse from one yard out. If he sticks 25 a season away, then I'm happy.

On another point, Islam Slimani made a good debut for Leicester City yesterday. I wonder how much our DoF was involved in scouting Slimani when he was there? We could do with some decent back-up / competition up front.

Mike Hughes
8 Posted 18/09/2016 at 23:00:56
On yet another point, our odds for the Premier League title are shortening by the week.

We're now 50/1 for the league and 5/1 for a top 4 place (PP). When were we last priced so low at this stage of the season?

Mike Green
9 Posted 19/09/2016 at 08:37:33
I think the short answer to this is 'Yes' but he needs to improve, needs the right service to prove himself and needs to become consistent.

I might has been mistaken but the ball came into him at one point against 'Boro and it stuck like glue, before he laid it off to continue the attack. I nearly fell over. Maybe Ron & Co are already rubbing out some of the weaker parts of his game and he knows it. I think the club have made a great signing in Bolasie who already appears to be able to give Rom the service he wants. All in his hands to be honest.

Anthony Dwyer
10 Posted 19/09/2016 at 09:25:27
Rom is a fantastic striker, he will never become a Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo or Bale, he will never be that type of player, but he could easily emulate the likes of Benzema, Lewindoski, Rooney and possibly even Ibra if he keeps developing at his current rate.

Looking at the stats he has been adding to his consistency in regards to his goals tally, plus watching him he has become better at his hold up play and first touch over the last 12 months.

He's fairly decent in the air, very good with his left foot, strong and fast, all that is the making of a good forward, but if Rom can add something extra, like work on his right foot, plus work his close control when in full flight, he will surely become one of Europe's finest strikers.

I think Rom has a good idea of what he wants to become, this helps hugely in your quest to better yourself.

Sign a new deal Rom and keep up the good work.

Ian Smyth
11 Posted 19/09/2016 at 11:05:52
Really nice article charting his development – good to see actual statistics rather than opinionated journalism. The stat about goals before the age of 23 is particularly startling – you sometimes forget how young the lad is!
Roger Helm
12 Posted 19/09/2016 at 16:29:17
I have never understood the stick he gets on TW. Before he was signed, I said we should lump the entire transfer budget on him, as he will only improve. We did, and he did.

A young age, and he is scoring as often as those playing in top European sides. He has a good fitness record, and apart from the end of last season, a good attitude. Now he has a better coach and better players around him, he will score even more.

Rob Esteva
13 Posted 20/09/2016 at 20:26:00
It's easy to forget with Rom that he is only 23. His consistency is impressive and that gives me confidence that he will go on and improve further.

Of course, he's no Bale, Ronaldo or Messi, but the biggest comparison I can draw in terms of style at least is Didier Drogba, and Rom far exceeds him statistically at this point in their careers.

Trying to project career trajectory is incredibly difficult but he has a few positives in his favour which are promising. Age and performance to date is the obvious one. The next one is playing in different teams and different styles – he's done it with 3 teams now and consistently scored. The Anderlecht, West Brom and Everton teams have all had significantly different characteristics and he has still produced.

All that along with the stats in this piece bode well for him in my view and the club – whether it is goals or cold hard cash we get!

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