RUNNING OUT OF LUK
Statistics show that the 24-year-old has struggled massively against the Premier League ‘big six’ sides. ROMELU LUKAKU drew another blank against one of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ on Sunday. A touch map revealed that he only had 27 touches – the fewest of any player to play 90 minutes – against Manchester City.
The Belgian star hit the ground running at Old Trafford following his £75m switch from Everton. But statistics show that Lukaku is failing to provide the goods against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City and Tottenham. He has only managed to bag 15 goals and four assists against the ‘big six’ – averaging one goal every 313 minutes. Against the rest of the league, he has a sublime record of 78 goals and 28 assists – one goal every 139 minutes.
This goal record is unsurprising considering he has had over 450 shots against the rest of the league, compared to just 142 against the six bigger names. Statistically, his bogey team in the Premier League are Tottenham.
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He has played nine games against Spurs and scored only once – averaging 433 minutes per goal. Lukaku is yet to score against Chelsea after seven games and he has put just two past Arsenal in 12 outings.
He went missing during United’s 2-1 defeat to the Citizens – having only three touches in the oppositions box. And he made the headlines for all the wrong reasons after he ‘threw a bottle’ at Mikel Arteta in the tunnel after the game. Fans took to social media after the incident to mock the Belgian following yet another torrid display.
Jose Mourinho’s side are nine points behind league leaders Manchester City after 16 games.