I've never been a fan of Lukaku
, not even during his time at Everton. It's a matter of taste. But even though I would have never signed him for my team, I've always failed to understand the acrimony with which people often talk about him. Is he the best striker in the world? Of course not. But there's acknowledging his technical limitations, and then there's trying to pass him off as a bum who only happened to get lucky more than 200 times so far in his career. His stint at United didn't pan out as expected, and he must take most of the blame for that. However, I suspect that the toxic environment and tactical cluelessness that has been plaguing United since Ferguson left might have played a part in his (and his teammates') failure to live up to expectations. We, as Inter fans, should know about it.
It is said that Conte
had already tried to sign him twice in the past. Third time lucky, as you would say. Even though I'm not particularly fond of physical strikers, I realise the importance they may have in Conte's tactics. He likes his forwards to put constant pressure on the defenders so as to force them to commit turnovers in dangerous positions, thus exposing themselves to quick counterattacks. He also likes them to be quick in transition as he prefers a more direct and vertical approach with regards to tactics. Lukaku - at least his Evertonian version - fits the bill perfectly. Now it's up to Pintus to get him back into shape. As for Serie A's mythological tight defences, they didn't prevent two absolute lugs such as Petagna and Pavoletti from netting 16 goals each last season. I don't see why a clearly superior player like Lukaku should be cursed to fail.
Whether Conte will be able to get the best out of Lukaku is still to be seen, but let's at least give the big man a chance before we throw him under the bus...
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