Romelu Lukaku claimed his 100th Premier League to crown another superb display up front for Manchester United against Swansea City on Saturday.
The striker, who now has 26 goals in all competitions this season, muscled his way into the box and fired a deflected shot past Łukasz Fabiański after just five minutes.
In the process he became the fifth youngest player to reach 100 Premier League goals and could have claimed more on the day, bringing the best out of Fabianski with a pair of dangerous drives.
His numbers from the game shed light on what was yet another accomplished performance at No.9 from the Belgium.
Lukaku’s game by numbers vs. Swansea City:
3 chances created
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Talk will inevitably surround the goals Lukaku has accumulated in the aftermath in this game, but his performance at No.9, once again, was impressive for other reasons.
The fluidity and execution with which he handles the ball contrasts notably with what we saw at the start of the campaign. Even when Lukaku netted 11 goals in his first ten games his link up play was profligate at best. He was, in a strange way, still finding his feet in spite of his goalscoring record.
Now, however, he holds the ball with an air of maturity, as if attuned to the attacking habits of players like Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata. Some of the first time passes he made today were based on intuition more than anything else.
He may still be 24 and in his first season at a top club, but Lukaku is firmly establishing himself as a senior figure under Mourinho.