The debate regarding the battle for supremacy between Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane is set to be a major talking point for years to come.
Although as two of the three most prolific strikers in the Premier League (Sergio Aguero not withstanding), it’s currently a hot topic as to which forward is the best in England.
Is it Belgian star Lukaku of Manchester United, or does England and Spurs hero Harry Kane get the nod?
Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness, writing in The Times, has come off the fence and plumped for United’s Lukaku, if only because of his more old-fashioned style of play.
“If you pushed me to choose between Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku, I’d take the Belgium international. I can’t separate them on skill, so my preference is based on style”, Souness stated.
“Kane is a fabulous player, with a great football brain and technique. He’s maybe more accomplished overall, but I reckon he sees himself as a part No 9 and part No 10, whereas Lukaku is an outright No 9, a centre-forward. They are rare today, the hardest thing to find in football.
Kane has no real interest in coming towards the ball and getting involved in build-up play, he wants to get on the shoulder of defenders or back them into the box.”
Both men are just 24 years of age, with Lukaku boasting 90 Premier League goals already, while Kane has 80 in just 121 league games. Outside of their goalscoring exploits, the ‘Plan B’ offering from Lukaku in tormenting defenders gives him the nod in Souness’ mind.
“Nobody wants to be that man through the middle any more, running forward and taking on centre-halves physically, getting in a race with them and trying to outjump them. Lukaku seems to relish all that and so he should with the power and pace that God has given him.
You have a Plan B with Lukaku, that’s what a big presence up front gives you. A proper No 9 is so helpful to the cause.
“There isn’t a defender in the Premier League who wants to get in a tussle with him, on the ground or in the air. He is the best of his type around at the moment as a marauding No 9.”
As part of the free-scoring United attack, Lukaku has racked up seven goals in as many games so far this season. Though Kane’s four goals in six pales in comparison, his brace against Borussia Dortmund during the week shows what he’ll do for fun once Tottenham put their Wembley hoodoo to bed.