Romelu Lukaku has had a fantastic year, and despite dropping off towards the close of an unforgettable 2015/16 season, was no doubt Everton’s bright spark in a lacklustre and underachieving campaign for The Toffees, this saw them end their dismal run of form 11th in the Premier League pecking order and managerless after the sacking of Roberto Martinez. However, Romelu Lukaku delighted plaudits all over the country. In his most impressive season yet, the 23-year-old found the net 18 times in the league, adding an additional 7 in all competitions to see his tally hit an impressive 25 goals for the campaign. He was also able to register 6 assists to team mates in this time too. With the Euros right around the corner, Lukaku’s solid efforts for Everton have earned him an unsurprising call-up to the Belgian squad for the tournament, with Belgium hot favourites to take the Euro 2016 crown.
What kind of role will he play at Euro 2016?
Lukaku is known for his phenomenal work ethic, strength and his surprising burst of pace for a player who is 6”3 so you can expect the obvious out of him in France. Hold the ball up, find a pass, make the run, ball played in, attempt to get a shot away OR use his physicality and rapid energy to beat a man: this is essentially Lukaku’s play style broken down. Of course he can do more than that, but if Belgium want to get the best out of their striker then they need to utilise and exploit his main traits. Lukaku can expect to be the one bearing the brunt up top, trying to give defender’s as hard time as possible. Lukaku has 12 goals in 43 games for his country so consistency will certainly be the key. Unlike at Everton on regular occasions, he has the service more than ever before with the likes of De Bruyne, Mertens, Nainggolan and even Hazard coming into the form just in time for this summer. I can no doubt see him being Belgium’s starting man at the European Championships.
Could this provoke a transfer for Lukaku?
Player performances at International competitions often tend to earn players huge moves away, pending that they perform at the tournament, and I feel we can say the same for Lukaku. He and his father have frequently and openly discussed the future of the Belgian Striker and that hasn’t proven to be any different in recent times. It has emerged over the past week that Lukaku wants to leave Everton in order to “further his career” and “win titles,” with his father claiming that he could join Manchester United or Bayern Munich. The big Belgian is currently being valued at around £50 million by the big clubs but is contracted to Merseyside until 2019. Pending on his performances this summer, I can see him earning a move away but his destination will be decided based on his performances in France for Belgium, only time will tell for one of Europe’s hottest young strikers.