Speaking to talkSPORT, former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has admitted there is still one area in which he wants to see Romelu Lukaku improve, so the Everton striker can develop into a ruthless centre-forward.
Collymore said: “The only thing I’d like to see him do more, and he did before in a game at Goodison. He picked the ball up on the half way line, in front of the dugout, and I said ‘run with it. Go on kid, run with it’. And he can, and he scored. If he can add that to his game, he'll be a ruthless centre-forward who you can’t get the ball off of.”
Collymore wants to see Lukaku take players on more, and use his strengths to greater effect in the final third if he picks up the ball in deep positions.
Lukaku has proven that he has ability to take players on and beat them through a combination of his physicals traits and technical strength, but he rarely does it.
The Belgian forward might take players on when close to the area, merely to create a chance for himself, but he rarely runs at the opposition team if he picks the ball up inside Everton’s half, or close to the half-way line.
He prefers to lay it off to his attacking teammates, but Collymore believes Lukaku should take on some of that responsibility - because he has the ability to.
Lukaku has an exceptional record in the Premier League, scoring 51 goals in just 125 games, and he is still just 22-years-old. He could realistically break the goalscoring record held by Alan Shearer, and improvement is all that he needs to improve his chances of becoming the Premier League’s best ever striker.