Football pundit Graeme Souness has urged Jose Mourinho to recruit a craftsman of the calibre of Christian Eriksen in order to provide adequate service to Romelu Lukaku upfront. The Belgium international has received a mixed response during his maiden campaign for Manchester United, and Souness believes the club are in desperate need of a clever passer behind the 24-year-old.
Souness wrote in The Times: “It is paramount for Mourinho that he gets his midfield right. United need a better mix there to keep the ball better, make them better to watch and more threatening, with better quality into their strikers.
“They need a craftsman such as Eriksen at Tottenham. Romelu Lukaku has faced some criticism, but he’s not getting chances on his plate. He could do with an Eriksen-type doing that for him. United are crying out for a clever passer.”
Lukaku started the season in fine fashion as he notched 11 goals in the space of just 10 appearances. However, his goalscoring form has since dipped with just eight more goals added to his tally, though much of it could be blamed on the limited chances offered to him.
Spurs are unlikely to do business with United for a player of Eriksen’s calibre, and Mourinho may have to find a solution within the ranks after the Portuguese stressed that the club won’t be spending on the attack front.
Mata has shown glimpses of his ability by linking up with Lukaku, but he is, however, restricted with his style of play unlike Eriksen, who is capable of threading passes towards Harry Kane at will on most occasions.
Alexis Sanchez is probably the best player to commit to this type of role, but for this, the Chilean may have to start in the number 10 position, than on the left side of the attack, where Anthony Martial is better suited.