Manchester United have handed over what could well turn out to be a record fee for Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, but Eamon Dunphy isn’t convinced.
The outspoken RTE pundit, writing in his Daily Star column on Saturday, believes that the former Everton man isn’t at the level that either Man United or Jose Mourinho needs to fire them to the next level. In particular, Dunphy points to Lukaku’s inconsistent record against the bigger Premier League teams, before comparing him to a certain former Liverpool striker:
Lukaku scored 25 goals in 37 league games last season, but the former Irish international is patently not impressed. In particular, Dunphy points to Lukaku’s inconsistent record against the bigger Premier League teams, before comparing him to a certain former Liverpool striker:
“I don’t think Mourinho has secured any of his top targets. Romelu Lukaku is big and strong and he hits hot streaks at times – but he’s the Belgian Emile Heskey.
“Is he the man that’s going to push United back to the summit in England and in Europe? No chance. Remember, United have lost Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They scored 23 Premier League goals between them last season – with the Swede accounting for the bulk of that tally.
“So is Lukaku going to be a game changer? They need him to chip in with at least 20 goals just to replace what they’ve lost.”
Man United are believed to be midway through their summer recruitment process, with Lukaku joining previous acquisition Victor Lindelof. With Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic and Ivan Perisic of Inter believed to be the other two targets, perhaps Dunphy will have a different view of his former club’s transfer business once the dust settles.
On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish Football Podcast we discussed the latest rounds of domestic and European fixtures, and were joined on the line by Galway United captain Colm Horgan.