Romelu Lukaku headed into the 2014 World Cup finals as one of the best young strikers in the world high on confidence.
Despite not being part of the Chelsea first team for the past two years, the 21-year-old has proved his quality during his loan spells away from Stamford Bridge, first at West Bromwich Albion in 2012-13 and then at Everton last season.
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Much is expected of the youngster during the ongoing World Cup in Brazil where he is the main striker for Belgium. But so far, Lukuku has failed to impress.
True, the former Anderlecht star has played just once so far, but that match was against unfancied Algeria. Lukaku was less than average against the African nation, failing to register a single touch of the ball in their penalty box.
Eden Hazard too did not have the best of matches against Algeria, but he did come into his groove in the second half and set up Dries Mertens for the winning goal in the 80th minute.
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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been closely following the World Cup as a pundit, and ahead of Belgium’s Group H clash against Russia today, has given his take on the Chelsea duo.
‘They showed fight and determination to come from behind in their opener’, the former England international wrote in the Daily Mail. ‘And they have talent, Eden Hazard especially, but Romelu Lukaku has been disappointing and my concern is they’ll be less than the sum of their parts’.
Belgium had to come from behind to beat Algeria in their opening Group H game, while Russia played out a 1-1 draw with South Korea. How the two teams fare today remains to be seen.