Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea has asserted that he can “do a bit of everything” in attack. And despite being one of Europe’s most prolific attackers in recent years, among other football news, he’s not just that. Lukaku does not want to limit his label to being a goal-scorer only, and detests media branding him that way.
Romelu Lukaku despises when the football world refers to him as a “goal poacher”. Instead, he believes himself to be an all-around striker for Chelsea and Belgium.
In August, Lukaku returned to Chelsea from Inter in one of the biggest summer football transfers. And already, he has slotted in four goals across nine games so far in this season.
Over the last decade, the 28-year-old has been one of the most productive front-men in the game. He has scored league goals in double figures in each of the last nine seasons.
Lukaku Does Not Want to Limit His Label to Being a Goal-scorer
Romelu Lukaku himself, however, believes that his reputation can sometimes precede him and deceive others. His fame as a super striker, according to him, is a misnomer.
“The way I’m built – I’m quite big – everybody thinks I’m a sort of target man: just holding up the ball and being a goal poacher,” he said in an interview with UEFA.
“But I’ve never played that way and I hate it,” he comments further, however. “My biggest strength is that I’m dangerous when I’m facing towards the goal, because that’s when I rarely make wrong choices.
“After I pass the ball, I know where I have to position myself in the box.
“I can do a bit of everything and in some games when I know there is a lot of space behind the defence, I play differently.
“The reason I’m so productive [in front of goal] is because I can do a bit of everything.”
Lukaku scored his 67th goal for Belgium in a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic last month. This goal saw him extending his record as the country’s all-time greatest scorer.