The Belgian striker first signed for Chelsea in 2011 from Belgian club Anderlecht before departing permanently in 2014 after a series of loan spells. With his second arrival, some sections of football fans now consider Romelu Lukaku as a matured and refined world-class striker who is massively underrated.
While other sections consider him as an overrated striker who hasn't improved in some basic abilities to be considered a true elite striker in the calibre of Robert Lewandowski or even Luis Suarez. So this begs the question, is Romelu Lukaku overrated or underrated? Let's take a look at 2 strengths and weaknesses in the Belgian striker's gameplay.
1. Romelu Lukaku's upper body strength is huge and he uses that to his advantage often against defenders. His sheer strength is a nightmare for defenders and they mostly avoid going into duels with him.
2. Romelu Lukaku's finishing is top-drawer and defenders always try to limit the time and space afforded to him to avoid letting him have shooting opportunities.
1. Romelu Lukaku's ability to receive the ball on the half-turn is very limited. This happens because his ball-control is usually heavy and he always needs between one to two seconds to sort out his footwork.
2. Romelu Lukaku's ability to run at pace often shifts his focus from the centre to the flanks and half-space (space between opposition centre-backs and full-backs). This has limited his understanding of final movements to find shooting gaps.
He can sometimes be clumsy when making runs through the middle due to his instincts to use his pace rather than try to sneak past defenders. This aspect is what made the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez and even Cristiano Ronaldo the players they are today.
Having seen the strengths and weaknesses in Romelu Lukaku's gameplay, would you consider him an overrated striker or an underrated one? Tell us your opinions in the comments section below.
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