Michael Owen: Romelu Lukaku isn’t an ‘exceptional’ finisher despite 10 goals in nine games

by Harry Robinson

Despite Romelu Lukaku scoring 10 goals in his first nine games for Manchester United, Michael Owen has claimed the Belgian is not an ‘exceptional’ finisher.

Owen, a pundit on BT Sport, has suggested joint Premier League top goalscorer is only a ‘decent’ finisher.

Lukaku joined Man United for £75million in August from Everton, and has had one of the finest goalscoring starts to life at Old Trafford of any striker to play for the club.

Owen, though, believes Lukaku’s goalscoring rate is down to his power and strength rather than his finishing ability.

Speaking on BT Sport after Lukaku had scored twice in United’s 4-1 Champions League win against CSKA Moscow, Owen said: “He’s a decent finisher, I wouldn’t say he’s an exceptional finisher.

“Just because of his sheer size and power, half the time he doesn’t have to move.

“He almost barges people out of the way and he’s the modern-day striker for the formations that teams are playing nowadays.”

There’s been a great deal of focus on the treatment of black players in the media recently, with many pundits resorting to stereotypes of “strong, big and powerful” rather than focusing on the technical ability and intelligence of these players.

It seems like another case of this. Lukaku has shown himself to be a superb finisher. He’s missed chances, of course, and could have scored a hat-trick, or even four goals, on Wednesday night against CSKA, but every elite striker misses chances.

Lukaku is up there with the very best: look at his goal in pre-season against Manchester City as an example, and Owen is ignoring this fact, even with the 24-year-old’s incredible start to life as a United player.

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