Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry believes that Romelu Lukaku can improve his movement at Manchester United this season.
The Belgian, who arrived from Everton for £75m last month, has made a superb start to life at Old Trafford, claiming four goals in three games.
His goal against Swansea – a pin-point finish into the bottom right hand corner – was a fitting example of his deadly instinct in front of goal: anonymous for 80 minutes and then, just like that, game over.
But Henry, speaking on Sky Sports after the game, noted that Lukaku, under Mourinho, will develop the way in which he moves across the last line of defence.
“That’s [movement] something he needs to bring to his game. We all know what he can do,” he said.
“If you want to take it to another level at Man Utd – four goals in three official games is remarkable – it is about getting better. He will work on it, he’s with special players and he’s with [Jose] Mourinho.
“Mourinho will help him to develop that side of the game. We all know he has the one thing that’s most important, when you feed him in the box, he will score.”
Lukaku has always specialised in being in the right place at the right time to bury chances. This is his crown jewell. And Mourinho will not want to change that in any way.
What can change, you sense, is how the Belgian figures in United’s overall build-up play. He can occasionally look out of step with United’s tempo when Henrikh Mkhitaryan picks up the ball and turns, but this is a crucial aspect of any striker’s game, especially under a manager who has stressed the importance of contributing to attacking movements in general.
Perhaps this wasn’t demanded of him at Everton; at Old Trafford, however, he will need to pick it up fast.