Anderlecht’s teen sensation, Romelu Lukaku, is set to become one of the most sought after strikers in the world after reports linking him to the Premier League seem to be more and more frequent this transfer window.
Darren Bent’s multi-million pound move to Aston Villa yesterday kick-started the transfer window but rumours are circulating that Premier League clubs are competing with one another to secure one of the most sought-after signatures in Europe.
Lukaku doesn’t just boast an impressive scoring record. At the tender age of seventeen, the Belgian international brings with him a bag of potential that could set the English game alight in years to come.
Earlier in his career, the Anderlecht striker rejected moves to both Arsenal and Chelsea but has recently revealed he believes he is ready to showcase himself in Europe’s top league. This statement has left several Premier League sides drueling including free-spending Manchester City. Liverpool have also been linked with the teenager as they look to bolster their squad.
The average teenage star always seems to appear small and slender, but Lukaku boasts 14 stone of muscle and rises at an incredible 6 ft 4. Many have likened him to Didier Drogba. Very rarely is it that such a young star is blessed with phenomenal physical attributes as well as natural footballing talent. His extraordinary strength and pace has seen him score 13 goals in 20 games this year for Anderlecht already.
Last season, Lukaku set a Belgian Pro-League record as he helped Anderlecht to the title by becoming the league’s youngest ever top scorer. He grabbed 15 goals to add to his career tally. For Anderlecht, Lukaku has hit over one goal every other game and for Belguim the legend is just beginning. Lukaku hit his first two goals in a 2-0 win against Russia in November. These goals equalled his tally for the under-21 side, as he only made five appearances for them due to his breakthrough and call-up to the first team at such an early age.
As a child, Lukaku joined Anderlecht’s youth academy at the age of 12 and scored 121 goals in 87 games as he made his way through the ranks. He became the youngest ever player to appear in a Champions League match as he made his European debut against Lyon. After crashing out Europe’s top competition, Anderlecht went on to have an impressive run in the Europa League with Lukaku contributing four goals to his side’s cause.
Belgium are getting in the swing of producing young talent. In recent years Eden Hazard, Marrouane Fellaini and Axel Witsel are just a few names that spring to mind. But Lukaku looks the most promising and could maybe emulate the progress of recently crowned Ballon D’Or winner, Lionel Messi. Maybe these are just a few faces that could see Belgium qualify for their first World Cup since 2002 in coming years?
I believe we’ll see a lot more of Romelu Lukaku in the next few months and if January is not the right time, I’m sure summer will see this teen prodigy grace his skills over the Premier League with a collection of many, many admirers.