Romelu Lukaku must improve to Thierry Henry's standard - Jamie Redknapp
Former Liverpool midfielder-turned-pundit Jamie Redknapp feels that Romelu Lukaku should improve his overall game, now that he has put pen to paper on a long-term contract with Manchester United.
The Belgium international sealed a surprise move to Old Trafford earlier this month following a private conversation with Jose Mourinho over the telephone line. Lukaku was initially tipped to join former club Chelsea, but the chance to redeem himself under the Special One was too good to refuse.
Lukaku bagged 25 goals in the Premier League with Everton last season, and he was only behind Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane on the scoring list after the Englishman stole the show in the final games of the campaign. His consistent performances have earned him a £75m switch to the Theatre of Dreams, but Redknapp believes that the 24-year-old must now prove himself in every game just like former greats Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer.
Redknapp said on Sky Sports: "Man United fans will be hoping Jose Mourinho can bring that out of him because he is a very, very good striker. He's just got to do it regularly and there are times when you watch him you know after 10 minutes he's not going to be at it. That shouldn't be the case when you're talking about £80million players. They should be doing it week in, week out like the Premier League legends like Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer. They did it every game."
One of the prime reasons behind Lukaku's switch to Old Trafford was Champions League football, and he now has the opportunity of leading the line for one of the world's most renowned clubs. However, the first real test could be in the Super Cup later next month when they take on a star-studded Real Madrid squad, who have won the Champions League in three of the last four seasons with the presence of former United great Cristiano Ronaldo.