Former Ireland and Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes that Romelu Lukaku offers more than Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
The Belgian appeared destined for a move to Stamford Bridge from Everton but ultimately joined up with Jose Mourinho for a fee of £75m.
And he has made an emphatic start to life at Old Trafford, netting seven goals in as many games – including one against his former club.
Writing in a column for the Times, Cascarino noted that the impact brought by Lukaku outweighs that of Sanchez of Philipe Coutinho.
“The most significant bit of business that Everton did was selling Romelu Lukaku,” he said. “What a terrible decision that was.”
“The recent transfer window proved that you don’t have to sell your best players, even if they want out. Arsenal kept Alexis Sanchez, Liverpool turned down more than £100m for Philippe Coutinho and Southampton held on to Virgil van Dijk despite the player threatening to go on strike.
“Those teams deemed their stars to be irreplaceable so they kept hold of them. Lukaku was Everton’s star and he had left by early July.
“I would argue, given his talent, potential and importance to Everton, that Lukaku is worth more than either Sanchez or Coutinho.”
Everton’s transfer window and poor start to the campaign revealed exactly why Arsenal and Liverpool fought tooth and nail to keep their star players.
You can bring in an array of promising players but it means nothing without an outright menace to bring it all together. Lukaku was their nexus – the beacon of genuine talent around which players could thrive.
Their performance at Old Trafford was a prime example: plenty of promising moments, chances created, but nothing in the form of final product, while Lukaku quickly killed them off with an assist and then a goal.