Romelu Lukaku has been labelled as a “bargain” by Roy Keane after a stunning start to his Manchester United career.
The Belgian striker has scored 10 goals in nine games since his £75million move to Old Trafford.
Keane, a Man United legend well known for being cynical and expressing his disgust at high transfer fees, has clearly taken a liking to Lukaku after his recent form.
“He is a good player at a good age,” Keane said on ITV after United had dispatched CSKA Moscow 4-1 in the UEFA Champions League, with Lukaku grabbing a brace.
“He was a bargain at £75 million. It was obvious he was going to score goals. He has got off to a good start. He comes across well and seems like a decent character.”
To United fans, Lukaku could cost double what he did, and at this stage, they wouldn’t care.
His form has been immense. For way of contrast, Ruud van Nistelrooy didn’t score his 10th goal in a United shirt until November. That, of course, was in the 2001/02 season in which he netted 36 times in total.
Keane’s praise is well-earned, and it’s unlikely you’ll see the Irishman claiming that too many players who moved in this summer’s transfer window were “a bargain.”
However, United, although it didn’t seem exactly so at the time, did excellent business in summer. Lukaku at £75m was in comparison to the 100s of millions spent later on in the window, while Nemanja Matić cost the Reds just £35m.
Doing early business proved rewarding, and Mourinho’s summer signings are excelling so far.