Romelu Lukaku’s Manchester United adventure has been full of ups and downs. The Belgian superstar has now left his future in the club’s hands, refusing to comment on rumours after netting a brace in his country’s victory over Scotland, Sky Sports report. When asked if he would stay at Old Trafford, his reply was that “it’s up to the club” and that “they have to come out with statements”.
This all comes amid stories linking Lukaku with a move to Inter Milan. But even though he was far from being the best player in the world last season, he should still stay at the club. Here are two main reasons why it would be a disaster for United to sell Lukaku…
It’s difficult being a player with a huge price tag and Lukaku is one of those players feeling the full pressure of that burden. He arrived at Old Trafford for a big sum of £76.2m back in 2017, following a very successful spell with Everton. There, he scored an incredible 87 goals and assisted 29 in a total of 166 games and was bound for a gigantic transfer. Once that happened and he donned the United jersey, he was very much expected to replicate that outstanding form.
And to a certain degree, he arguably has. In 96 games he managed to score 42 times and assist a further 13, making him a huge contributor to United’s attack, With all of that being said, and considering that he’s still the club’s second best goal-scorer only behind Paul Pogba, it’s easy to see why he should stay with the team. His current estimated value of £67.5m might seem a tad big but it fits in with the modern market.
And this is a really big reason for United to stray away from any real thought of selling Lukaku. Who would replace this Belgian goal machine if he were to leave the team? Again, in their current squad, only Pogba scored more goals than Lukaku. Besides, the other options are scarce position-wise. They have wingers in Martial and Lingard but only Marcus Rashford could replace Lukaku at the point of their attack.
That also means that United would most likely have to set out on a quest to find another option in the market. This also means a lot of spending if you want a quality replacement but finding someone who fits the profile, is good enough and available is a task much easier said than done. Can Manchester United really afford to lose such a player with no obvious back-up plan?