Everton appear set to part ways with Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku this summer following an extremely poor showing in the league from the Merseyside club.
Lukaku wants to be playing at a higher level and with the calibre of clubs interested in him, you can understand if he pushes for a move away this summer. Everton will demand in excess of £40million, but that will not deter Manchester United and Dortmund, both of whom are likely to be cash loaded this summer. Aubameyang is likely to join Real Madrid for a fee in excess of £50million, whilst United continue to have a loaded bankroll.
Lukaku was allegedly spotted at the Dortmund training ground this week, adding more fuel to the speculation.
Martinez has tried to distract the rumours with the club heading into a pivotal week, he said: “The response is very clear [on Lukaku]… You just said that we are in the defining week of our season and if you think we are going to be distracted by reports you are mistaken”.
So is Lukaku worthy of filling Aubameyang’s boots? The Belgian has a long way to go to become as efficient in front of goal as the Gabon international, but at 22, he has already shown himself as a top-level striker.
A statistical comparison between the duo highlight the differences, Aubameyang has been much more prolific this season, scoring 0.9 goals per 90 minutes – whilst Lukaku has managed just 0.58. In terms of assists, they are pretty even (0.19 vs. 0.20), Aubameyang’s shot accuracy is 57%, 4% higher than Lukaku’s. The only real area where Lukaku edges this battle is in terms of duels won (40.87% vs. 35.88%). He also makes more key passes per game (1.39 vs. 0.90) – this highlights his effectiveness as a link up striker.