Rio compares Lukaku with ‘real number 9’ Kane

Date published: Thursday 1st February 2018 9:10

Rio Ferdinand watched Romelu Lukaku struggle against Tottenham and then compared him unfavourably to Harry Kane.

Lukaku touched the ball only 26 times in 90 minutes, with only 47.6% of his passes finding a teammate, while Kane touched the ball 43 times and had a pass completion rate of 75%.

The Tottenham man set up three chances for his teammates and had eight shots of his own, while Lukaku had just one shot and did not set up a single chance.

Spurs won the game 2-0; you can read 16 Conclusions here.

Ferdinand said on BT Sport: “I think Harry Kane showed today why he’s the best striker in the league and one of the potent in Europe because he bullied Manchester United’s two centre-halves today, totally bullied them physically, bringing other people into play.

“The contrast between him and Lukaku today was so evident it was unbelievable. The ball going into [Kane], sticking, holding centre-halves off, bringing others into the game – that’s a real number nine.

“That’s the way you want to see a number nine play.”

Lukaku has scored just 15 goals in 63 Premier League appearances against the Big Six (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur) compared to 81 in 147 against non-big six sides.

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