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THE LOWDOWN ON ROMELU LUKAKU

Romelu Lukaku was long touted to achieve superstardom, ever since breaking into Anderlecht's first team 11 days past his 16th birthday.

A son of former Zaire international Roger Lukaku, Romelu was born into football and has matured into a bona fide goal machine, guaranteeing a lethal combination of strikes with head and both feet in the Premier League.

The fact he showcased his potential at such a young age means many observers are surprised to learn he is still only 24. As long ago as 2010, he hit a brace for Belgium in an international against Russia and announced his ability to deliver on the world stage.

Even in those early days, as good a judge as ex-Reds marksman Ruud van Nistelrooy declared: "He is one of the greatest talents in Europe - perhaps even in the whole world." An explosive force in attack, he had a record of 41 goals in 98 outings at Anderlecht when he left the Belgian club to join Chelsea in August 2011.

Following a successful season-long loan from Chelsea to West Bromwich Albion in 2012/13, which culminated with a hat-trick against United in Sir Alex Ferguson's final game in charge, he attempted to earn a regular place at Stamford Bridge.

He played two league games for Chelsea at the start of 2013/14 and came on as substitute in the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Bayern Munich but then, on the last day of the summer transfer window, he was loaned to Everton for the remainder of the campaign.

The move proved to be perfect for the Belgian, whose 15 goals in 31 Premier League games helped the Toffees to finish in fifth place. What followed was a statement of intent from the Merseysiders as they broke their club transfer record to make him a permanent signing in July 2014.

The goals kept coming as Lukaku matured and became almost unplayable at times due to his powerful physique and impressive acceleration. In each of his three campaigns as a permanent Everton player, he netted 20-plus goals in all competitions; he netted 25 in the Premier League alone last season, in 37 matches, making it his most productive term so far in the English top flight.

Capable of racking up incredible scoring streaks, he matched the legendary Dixie Dean's record of finding the net in nine consecutive matches at Goodison Park. He even edged Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of the PFA Team of the Year in 2016/17, to earn a spot alongside Tottenham's Harry Kane, and only missed out on the Golden Boot due to the Spurs star's own purple patch as the campaign drew to a close.

Lukaku's ability to spearhead the Toffees to devastating effect earned him admirers from far and wide. There was intense speculation about his future and many in the press predicted a chance to show his true worth to former club Chelsea would transpire. Instead it was United who sealed a deal to reunite the striker with Jose Mourinho.

Always ambitious, Romelu has often been clear in his intent to win silverware and medals as a footballer. That burning desire has ultimately led him to a club that lifted three trophies in 2016/17, a club that will task him with leading the attack and demonstrating his quality both domestically and, for the first time in his career, in the Champions League group stages.

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