Former Everton and Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has always been a potent centre forward and one who seemed destined to play at the very top. That time came with a huge, £75m switch to Manchester United in the summer of 2017 and Red Devils fans will be expecting the Belgian forward to deliver over the course of his contract.
Among those focusing on Lukaku this season will be the bookmakers, who have targeted the player for a number of enhanced odds deals since move to Old Trafford. They began again at the start of the 2018/19 campaign so what else can we expect as football starts up once again following its summer break?
While still only 25, Lukaku is now with his fifth professional club. Born in Antwerp in Belgium he signed forms with Anderlecht as a youngster and made his full debut for the Jupiler League side as a 16 year old in 2009. As he progressed, a healthy scoring record at just under a goal every other game saw bigger clubs take an interest with Chelsea being the ones to move, signing the striker for £10 million in August 2011.
The player never settled at Stamford Bridge and was loaned out to West Brom the following season where he picked up that healthy goal average once again but it was at Goodison Park with Everton that Romelu Lukaku really made his name. In four seasons, he scored 71 goals in 133 matches across all competitions including 25 league goals in the 2016/17 campaign.
With Everton out of the top four, Lukaku declared that he wanted to play Champions League football and in the summer of 2017, Manchester United came calling with that £75 million offer.
Lukaku rose through the ranks of Belgian youth football, first appearing for the under 15 side in 2008. He quickly ascended to the full national side, making his debut in 2010 but initially his scoring record was slow to match his overall ratio.
The striker scored his first goal for Belgium against Russia in 2010 and registered a double in that game but he went two years without a strike, before netting again versus the Netherlands in 2012. It would be some time before Romelu Lukaku would become a first choice for the national team but as his scoring has picked up with Everton, that situation has changed. By the time that the 2018 World Cup in Russia came to a close, the player had a healthy tally of 40 goals in 75 full international appearances.
Recent Scoring Record
Here is Romelu Lukaku’s scoring record over the last few seasons:
|Season||Premier League||Domestic Cups||European Competition|
|2017/18:||16 goals in 34 appearances||5 goals in 8 appearances||8 goals in 9 appearances|
|2016/17:||25 goals in 37 appearances||1 Goal in 2 appearances||Did not Appear|
|2015/16:||18 goals in 37 appearances||7 Goals in 9 appearances||Did not Appear|
|2014/15:||10 goals in 36 appearancess||2 goals in 3 appearances||8 goals in 9 appearances|
As we can see, that’s a record that has improved consistently over the seasons as Lukaku became an established star with Everton. Once he had made the switch to Manchester United, his league record dipped but he maintained a respectable tally that almost reached a goal every two games while the Belgian was especially sharp in cup football and in the Champions League.
Types of Offers
Lukaku featured in some enhanced odds deals while at Goodison Park but his switch to Old Trafford saw that intensify. A number of bookies such as Coral and Ladbrokes issued offers that involved Lukaku to score at any time during a specific game.
Those were new customer deals with a fixed £1.00 stake and similar offers may drop in for individual matches moving forward. Lukaku to score at any time could be a typical deal for the big, live televised games or bookies may combine a double of United to win and Lukaku to score.
Champions League matches could also be a big focus in this respect. Alongside these, we could expect to see smaller price boosts on similar markets for existing customers. SportNation and Winner Sports are two bookies who are very active in this respect so keep checking our news feeds for updates.
Lukaku is signed to Manchester United for the next four years and at 25, those years will cover a peak period for any striker. In the future, who knows if the Spanish giants of Real Madrid or Barcelona will come calling but for now, the Belgian striker could be about to become a firm fans’ favourite at Old Trafford.