Roberto Martinez lauds Romelu Lukaku as world’s best striker

by Alex Turk

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has poured praise on Romelu Lukaku, lauding the Manchester United no. 9 as the world’s best striker.

Lukaku has enjoyed a phenomenal World Cup campaign and helped fire Belgium into the semi-finals after scoring four in five matches and producing one of the assists of the tournament.

Hopes were high for the big striker to make an impact following a successful first individual season as a Man United player following his British record-£75m move from Everton in the summer of 2017, netting 27 goals as Jose Mourinho’s main frontman.

Expectations are through the roof for the 2018-19 campaign, and Martinez has exciting United fans even more by naming Lukaku the world’s best striker – an admittedly bias opinion.

Speaking ahead of Belgium’s third place play-off against England on Saturday night, Martinez told the media: “If you ask me ‘is he the best in the world?’, yes. But I am biased.

“I worked first with him when he was 19 and I’ve seen an incredible, incredible journey in his career. His numbers throughout his career are very difficult (to achieve).”

Lukaku is expected to link up with the United squad in the latter stages of the pre-season tour of America, which the club are jetting off for on Sunday, following a well-deserved break once his international duties are complete.

He’ll be wanting to improve further in a United shirt next term and help guide the club to a first piece of silverware after his arrival.

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