Jose Mourinho is worried that Romelu Lukaku has ‘bulked up’ too much at Manchester United, and has lost his pace as a result.
Lukaku scored 11 goals in his first ten games at United since joining in the summer, but has struck just four times in 19 games thereafter.
According to a Sun exclusive by Neil Custis, Mourinho ‘fears’ that the Belgian has ‘lost his pace’ after putting on too much muscle.
Custis writes that Lukaku ‘has put on almost half a stone’ since the summer – it is unclear at this stage whether Custis is challenging him to a ‘POUNDS V POINTS CONTEST’ as with Louis van Gaal – and that the club are ‘worried’.
Doctors have assured Mourinho that the weight gained is muscle and not fat, but the club have put his lack of goals since September down to the physical change.
Custis also says that Mourinho has spoken to Lukaku about ‘simply not playing far enough forward’, and is ‘fed up’ with having to remind the striker to stay up front during games. He writes:
‘Mourinho believed Lukaku was dropping deep in games to get involved when the chances were not coming his way.
‘Lukaku stood his ground but the manager insisted he was bought to be on the shoulder of the last defender and in the box to score goals.’