Romelu Lukaku: Was the answer to Manchester United’s problems!
After 10 goals in nine games in all competitions, Manchester United thought they had found the solution to all of their attacking problems in Romelu Lukaku.
Likewise, Sky Sports Fantasy Football managers deemed him the must-have man with over 50% of all bosses having selected him by the end of September.
Indeed, 19.4% went a step further in backing him to silence the remaining critics of not being able to produce in big games as Manchester United visited bitter rivals Liverpool on October 14 by making him their captains.
Lukaku helps Mourinho to park the bus, then goes on a goal drought
While he played his part in helping Jose Mourinho successfully park the bus at Anfield, that inability to mute his doubters with a goal seemingly prompted the unravelling of what now appears to be brittle confidence.
The Belgian has since scored just one goal, the fourth in a 4-1 victory over Newcastle, in his last 11 games, while he was left in the shadows in key clashes against Tottenham and Chelsea as Antony Martial and Alvaro Morata stepped up to prove decisive.
It is worth adding that he has provided three assists during his drought, but that has not been sufficient for those paying a price tag of £12.4m, second only to Harry Kane’s £12.9m.
Everyone is ditching Romelu Lukaku!
So far this week, Lukaku has been transferred out more than twice as much as any other player in Sky Sports Fantasy Football, with 23,104 bosses already ditching the 24-year-old at time of writing on Thursday, well before the most popular business period.
United’s daunting fixtures also play a big part in that lack of faith, with a trip to the Emirates, where Arsenal have won their last 12 Premier League games, followed by the visit of leaders Manchester City.
The one saving grace for Lukaku is that he seemingly retains the full faith of Jose Mourinho, despite the return to fitness of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with the £75m striker playing every minute of his side’s Premier League campaign.
The big question is whether that stat will remain intact over the next two weekends if Lukaku continues to fail to fire.
If Mourinho does lose faith then the shift of Sky Sports Fantasy Football bosses shedding his services will surely turn into a full-blown exodus.