Belgium international Romelu Lukaku has offered a small piece of advice to winter signing Alexis Sanchez, who has endured an average run of form. The Chile international was an unused substitute during United’s 2-0 triumph over Brighton in the FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday.
Sanchez, 29, was a surprise arrival from Arsenal during the January transfer window, and the faithful expected him to hit the ground running with his tireless work-rate on the playing field. However, barring a couple of early performances, the Chilean has failed to adapt to the club’s tactical style, but Lukaku believes the attacker can overturn his lean run in the coming months.
“He is a quality player with a lot of assets. Look at my situation. I started really well and then had the dry spell in November and December. But at the end of the day with hard work you are always going to get through it,” Lukaku is quoted as saying by Metro.
Lukaku is probably the best example of Sanchez’s situation. The Belgian started the campaign with a flurry of goal, and had at one point averaged a goal in every other game. However, during the festive period, the he struggled to maintain his consistency, though his hold-up play and willingness to run for losing causes was never doubted.
The 24-year-old has been back in form of late with a number of standout performances, including one against ex-club Chelsea, and he has contributed seven goals and two assists in the last 10 matches across all competitions.
Players, who join midway through the season normally tend to struggle for consistency, but the fans will be hoping that Sanchez can find his feet following the international break, where United have a home game against Swansea City, before the Manchester derby.