When it comes to scoring goals in the Premier League, Alan Shearer seems to know a thing or two.
The Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United legend notched 260 times in the league before his retirement and the current BBC pundit has some words of advice for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku. After their 1-0 defeat away to Chelsea, the Belgian international has now gone seven games without finding the net.
Speaking on Match of the Day, Shearer encouraged Lukaku to change his approach and be more selfish, rather than making wide runs and coming deep for the ball:
“When you’re on a barren spell, forget everything about going out wide, about coming deep, thinking I’m not getting a touch of the ball.
“It’s time to be selfish. Width of the 18-yard box, that’s what he’s got to think about. He isn’t going to score by running into corners. Let the people create the chances for you. He’s a goal-scorer and he’s getting judged on scoring goals.”
The striker has been forced to come short in an almost Zlatan Ibrahimovic-like role in recent weeks, with the former Everton man providing the assist for United’s last two Premier League goals – Marcus Rashford’s consolation against Huddersfield and Anthony Martial’s late winner against Tottenham.
Lukaku started his Manchester United career in incredible form – finding the net 11 times in the opening weeks of the season, but has since faced major criticism for going missing in big games.
However, former Arsenal great Ian Wright has defended the £90 million striker, by pointing out that the service into him is simply not good enough.
“I do feel for him. He seems to be making the wrong moves and the chances aren’t coming. Mkhitaryan had six passes to him today as they’re attacking midfielder. That is nowhere near good enough and he needs to look at himself.”
Lukaku was once again subdued and limited to feeding off scraps and high balls as Chelsea easily dealt with his threat on Sunday as United then opting to play the ball up long and use Marouane Fellaini as a springboard.
Results may not be perfect as of late for United but the more games Lukaku goes without scoring, the louder the criticism will become. The Belgian will be hoping he can rectify his wrongs next time out – when United face Newcastle at home on November 18.
Fans will be hoping Paul Pogba makes his return to fitness between now and then.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena.