Anderlecht’s 16-year-old striker Romelu Lakaku is sending shockwaves though the football universe this season. Standing at over 6ft 3in, weighing 14stone and with pace to burn this boy is a phenomenon to behold.
He is current top scorer in the Belgian league having scored 13 goals in as many starts and is unsurprisingly the most sought after young starlet in European football. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Milan and the list goes on, all of Europe’s super clubs have got an eye on the Belgian wonder kid right now.
Since making his first team debut at the end of last season just eleven days after his sixteenth birthday, Lukaku has wasted no time in becoming a regular in the Anderlecht first team. As if his scoring tally in the Belgian league hasn’t already been good enough Lukaku has scored another four goals in the Europa league. His good form and goal scoring has even been rewarded by Belgium national team manager Dick Advocaat, who has named Lukaku in his squad for a friendly match against Croatia in March.
Romelu Lukaku joined Anderlecht in 2006 and the teenager of Congolese decent scored more goals than he played games in his youth career. Never looking out of place when playing against opposition who were at times four or five years his elder.
With his imposing physical prowess and eye for a goal he has been obviously likened to Didier Drogba. A player the teenager himself hails as his hero and a player he admittedly tries to emulate from his playing style to goal celebrations. A factor Chelsea thought would benefit them when attempting to sign Lukaku at the age of 15, before he could have been tied down to a professional contract at Anderlecht.
But the boy’s father was and is still adamant that his son remains in Belgium until he is at least 18. This led to Lukaku signing a five-year contract at Anderlecht last year; however a clause in the contract states that after three years there is a right for the final two-years to be reviewed. Stating in theory that he will remain at Anderlecht up until 2012, if he does move after he turns 18.
One thing is for sure though, that it’s only a matter of time before Lukaku does make a move away from Anderlecht and it’s highly likely that when that moves made it will be to the Premier league. If you just note the 16-year-olds physical attributes and likenesses to Didier Drogba it’s clear that he is made for the more physical and fast-paced English game.
For now though anyway he will remain in Brussels, where he looks set develop his game at a top level. His potential seems endless and if it can be anywhere near for filled who’s to say that we won’t be talking about Romelu Lukaku as one of the greatest players on the planet in 10 years time?