“People laugh about his touch,” admits Lukaku teammate

Romelu Lukaku is often slated for his first touch but since joining Manchester United just under a year ago, the centre forward has improved his all-round game.

This one criticism of Lukaku was a recurring thing at Everton, yet it hasn’t stopped the Belgian from scoring goals year after year.

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The joke has even made it into the Belgium dressing room, as revealed by Dries Mertens in an interview with RTBF, brought to our attention by Sport Witness.

He said: “He’s improved a lot. People laugh about his touch, but he’s a guy who, after training, takes 20 balls and continues to train. I really respect him for that.”

Lukaku hit the ground running at United this season and, for the first time in some years, we know who our centre forward is going to be ahead of the new season. In previous years we had the uncertainty of Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and also Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s knee injury.

With just one game remaining this season – FA Cup Final versus Chelsea – the former Everton starlet has scored 27 goals and recorded nine assists in 50 appearances. Hopefully, Lukaku can leave Wembley on Saturday with an FA Cup winners’ medal in his pocket.

The objective from our point of view now is that Lukaku returns from the 2018 FIFA World Cup injury free.

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