Bought for around £75m by Manchester United over the summer, Romelu Lukaku didn’t take very long to prove he was worth the money, scoring 11 goals in his first 11 games.
Since then, a scoring drought at club level has ensued, but the Belgium international has continued to find the back of the net for Belgium, doing so again twice against Mexico in a 3-3 draw on Friday.
While the first goal was anything but pretty, the second one displayed exactly what Romelu Lukaku is capable of doing with his movement inside the box, an area he has worked on a lot over the past few years.
In fact, it was Roberto Martinez, his former manager at Everton and current one for his country, who insisted he watched videos of some of the best in the business when it comes to finding space, including a former Manchester United striker.
He said, relayed by DH: “I’ve improved my movement, especially in the box. Two years ago, at Everton, Roberto Martinez made me watch videos of my own movement, but also those of other strikers like Hugo Sanchez, Edinson Cavani and Chicharito.
“You need to sit down and watch the Uruguayan’s movement inside the box. It’s incredible. On top of that, I worked three times a week on my runs inside the box with my coaches”.
Anytime you read an interview where someone discusses the Manchester United striker, the same sentence tends to reappear: “a desire to be the best in the world”.
Clearly intent on achieving his goal, Romelu Lukaku will now be looking to become Belgium’s sole top scorer, having equalled the current record of 30 on Friday previously set by Bernard Voorhoof and Paul Van Himst.
It’s worth remembering he’s also only 24.