Romelu Lukaku is a genius in Europe, but has struggled in England.
Top Corner (@HITCtopcorner) March 19, 2015
With all the calls that the Premier League is the toughest in Europe, maybe Romelu Lukaku is finally proving that fact. A heroic striker of biblical proportions, the Belgian international has blown away all comers when heading to foreign shores.
Seven goals in eight games have led Everton to within one match of the Europa League quarter-finals, while his Premier League form has had Chelsea laughing all the way to the bank at their former striker.
With Diego Costa banging the goals in for fun, Lukaku has managed only eight strikes in 29 league fixtures, as the Toffees struggle near the bottom of the table.
The ‘best league in the world’ title given to the Premier League is often criticised, but maybe Lukaku is proving that it holds some weight.
Lukaku has single-handedly shown that he can score when he wants against European opponents, but in England his goalscoring powers almost disappear.
Maybe he has a problem with playing on weekends, rather than weekdays? Or maybe he has different boots for Premier League action - boots that certainly don’t help him in front of goal.
Or, perhaps, he feels he can score better the closer he gets to his homeland of Belgium?
When he crosses the English Channel, Lukaku becomes Ronaldo. When still in England, Lukaku channels Fernando Torres - and not the good, Liverpool version.
Goals might not be all that is needed to be a successful striker, but they definitely help.
On this form, Lukaku might ask for a transfer to a European club. At least then he might become the best striker in the world.