Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke believes that Romelu Lukaku serves as the ideal fit at Old Trafford after arriving earlier this week.
The 24-year-old was officially announced as a Man United player on Monday, signing for a fee of £75m, and will earn £200,000.
He has already been hard at work in training with the first team squad but will not feature during United’s opening pre-season tour game against LA Galaxy on Saturday.
Yorke, speaking to MUTV, was quick to point out the Belgian’s remarkably consistent goalscoring record in the Premier League.
“Based on performances over the last three seasons, he has been one of the most consistent and best strikers in England.
“I think he will be a credit to the club. I have no doubt that he will bring something totally different. He just has to be himself and enjoy being at Manchester United.
“He doesn’t need to do anything differently. Okay, he is at a club that is always under scrutiny and you cannot get away with things here, but he can forgot about that. He just has to play and enjoy himself on the pitch.”
Now, I’ll be perfectly honest: I have my reservations over Lukaku. His lack of experience at the highest level, namely in the Champions League, is both exciting and slightly worrying. But one persisting element of the Belgian’s game that does him no favours is, yes, his first touch.
Against United at Wembley in 2016, for example, he had a clear chance on goal and blew it because of a murderous first touch, and every Evertonian will tell you that his bombastic brilliance was often paled by a lack of basic control and composure.
Then again, take Yorke himself as an example: his first touch was likewise wonky, but there was something about his approach that enabled the ball to fall at his feet in the perfect way. He made it work, somewhat uniquely, and supporters will hope to say the same about their latest striker.