Manchester United legend Andy Cole insists that Romelu Lukaku is replaceable, should he fail to continue his goalscoring form for an extended period of time. The Belgium international joined the Red Devils from Everton in the summer for an initial fee of £75m – potentially rising to a club-record £90m.
Lukaku, 24, has been a consistent performer in the top-flight over the past five seasons, and he has bettered his goal per game ratio at Old Trafford courtesy of the creative talents behind him.
In a Q/A session with Danny Higginbotham, Cole explained the pressure being United’s record signing while insisting that Lukaku could be replaced if he goes on a lean patch, he told The Sun: “Yes, but it was different. I had to keep United at the top. Now Romelu has to get them there but that buys you a bit of time. If I didn’t cut it, I’d be on the bench. Mind you, if Romelu doesn’t, United can go out and buy a new striker.”
So far, things have been rosy for the Belgian marksman, who has notched 11 goals in just 10 appearances for United. The former Anderlecht graduate has often been dubbed as a flat track bully, and he will be determined to prove his worth when United take on Liverpool on Saturday.
Since the 2014/15 season, Lukaku has managed just five goals in 35 outings against top-six opposition, but this record will no doubt improve with Manchester United, where he will get more opportunities to score than at former club Everton.