Interestingly Everton take on Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend, and the Toffees could come up against their former striker, Romelu Lukaku.
They only ‘could’ come up against him, because at this point he is no longer guaranteed to start for the Red Devils.
Jose Mourinho’s post-match assessment of the Belgian’s performance against Juventus was certainly not encouraging for the player.
The Portuguese admitted that the striker’s moment ‘is not sweet’ after the 1-0 Champions League home defeat to the Old Lady.
He said, as quoted by the Metro: “Yep. No critics at all, a complete understanding that the player is a fantastic professional that wants to give everything for the team. But I have to agree that his moment is not sweet and not just with the goals that he’s not scoring.
“Also with his confidence, his movement, his touch, he’s not linking the game well with the team.”
Lukaku in decline before meeting with ex-employer
Lukaku does have four goals to his name in the Premier League so far, but none in his last eight in all competitions. He is seriously frustrating a lot of United fans, who are unimpressed with the striker’s overall game, which appears to have actually declined since his Everton days.
Against Juve the ex-Chelsea and West Brom man was very poor.
The consensus appears to be that if Lukaku isn’t scoring goals, he isn’t bringing much else to the table.
And the calls for him to be dropped are, ironically, now louder than ever as he prepares to welcome his old club to Old Trafford.
Despite that situation, Mourinho is apparently set to back Lukaku once again, as reported by The Daily Star.
Last season’s scorer of 27 goals in all competitions will be desperate to net against the club that sold him for £75 million plus add-ons in 2017.
Everton will certainly be hoping their defence can shackle him, and further justify the decision to sell him.
With most United fans tired of his mediocrity, he needs a massive performance.