Romelu Lukaku has enjoyed so much praise from fans and football pundits in recent days, especially after he opened his goal-scoring account for Chelsea on his return against Arsenal. So far, Lukaku has played four matches for Chelsea, and in those four outings, he has scored a total of four goals. Which is an impressive stat, considering he was awful in his first spell with Chelsea.
Lukaku scored an excellent goal against Zenit Saint Petersburg on Tuesday night in the UEFA Champions League and secured a 1-0 win for Chelsea. As usual, his goals necessitated another round of praise from fans and pundits. This time, it was a former Chelsea midfielder, Joe Cole, and another former Manchester United player, Rio Ferdinand, that were moved to express their views about the Belgian striker.
Both ex-players, in addition to praising Romelu Lukaku, tag him as "a great finisher, a killer, and the main talisman for Chelsea. However, one comment that got my attention was from Joe Cole. He said: "I'm going to put it out there that I believe he will be the top scorer in the Champions league this season."
In my opinion, it would be too audacious to believe that Romelu Lukaku would end the season as the top scorer in the Champions League.
Lukaku may be very good, as evidenced by his recent performances for club and country. But this is a new season, and from the way it is now, we still have a very long way to go this season.
Lukaku is one of two strikers Chelsea have currently banked on, which means he will play more than 85% of Chelsea's matches this season. There are uncertainties, like injuries, fitness issues, and fatigue, that will surely set in as the season progresses.
Then there are other forwards as well. Lewandowski, Erling Halaand, Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, and, of course, the most decorated European player, Cristiano Ronaldo. These are players who always compete for a spot as the highest goal scorers.
Lukaku has to go ahead of all these players if he is to be the top scorer this season, and this, for me, is a very tough and long journey ahead for him.
Chelsea are not a high-scoring team, and this will undoubtedly affect how many goals he is able to score, as Chelsea are more careful defensively.
In my opinion, 1 game in the UCL is not enough to give Romelu Lukaku the tag of the highest goal scorer. Furthermore, he still has to outscore a long list of competitors who are born scorers to become the highest, and this will surely take a whole full season.
Image credit: Sports Illustrated/ Evening Standard/ Business Upturn.
Quote source: Metro Sports
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