Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has taken a swipe at his critics after he was the victim of boos at Old Trafford recently.
The 24-year-old striker has scored 11 goals in 16 games in all competitions since singing from Everton for £75million in the summer. But the Belgium has hit a sticky patch of form and is without a goal in his last six games.
United boss Jose Mourinho has defended the centre-forward and last week claimed “Romelu is one of the players that should be untouchable in terms of the respect from everyone”.
And now Lukaku has responded to his critics and has told Sky Sports he is not “the finished article”.
“I think a lot of people are judging me as the finished article,” Lukaku said.
“I’m 24 – you can’t judge me as the finished article. I’d rather have a year where I improve, improve, improve rather than going straight to the top and then declining.
The former Everton man has netted seven Premier League goals in 10 games and notched three assists, but it’s the assisting he wants to add to his game.
“I know I have a lot of talent. I can do a lot of stuff, score goals with my left, right and head. But I want to be a creator – I want to have more assists. I want to make sure when my team is having difficulties they can count on me,” added Lukaku.
“I’m on the perfect stage and the perfect age. I want to be a winner and take my career to the next level.”