Gary Neville sends message to Jose Mourinho over Romelu Lukaku interest

by Leo Nieboer

Gary Neville has sent a message to Romelu Lukaku amid speculation surrounding a potential bid from Manchester United, noting that the Belgian still needs to demonstrate his capacity to deliver during big games.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a superb season under Ronald Koeman, already matching last season’s total of 25 goals with three matches to go.

It has been previously reported that the Toffees will be demanding a fee of at least £70million for the forward in the coming months.

And Neville, speaking on the subject of Lukaku, has noted that the Belgian, for all his brilliance this season, still needs to prove his worth playing at the highest level.

“The question mark and frustration with Lukaku is does he do it in the big games?” he said. 

“That won’t go away until he moves to a big club and starts delivering.”

He may be on course to claim this season’s golden boot, but only one of Lukaku’s 25 goals this season have come during a win over a top six rival. Nobody can doubt the 23-year-old’s deadly eye for goal but questions continue loom over his capacity to deliver when it really matters – against sides with perhaps more firepower than Koeman’s men.

His propensity for being superb one week and then non-existent the next has always been frustrating to watch, and he may feel as if moving to a club of United’s magnitude would help eradicate the big game inferiority complex that has held him back on occasion at Goodison Park.

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