Romelu Lukaku is a “flat-track bully” who is unable to “define the big moments,” according to Chris Sutton.
Lukaku scored twice as Manchester United overcame Huddersfield in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.
They were the Belgian’s 20th and 21st goals of the season, and he has now scored six goals and assisted eight in as many games.
But Sutton has returned to the old argument, labelling Lukaku a “flat-track bully” and asking why he is unable to produce against more illustrious opponents.
‘On Saturday we saw Romelu Lukaku at his best, using his brute strength and blistering pace to bully defenders,’ he told the Daily Mail.
‘Huddersfield just could not handle him. At times it looked like men against boys. Why don’t we see these fearsome displays more often?
‘The major criticism levelled at Lukaku is that he is a flat-track bully. All but one of his 12 Premier League goals for Manchester United have been scored against teams currently in the bottom half, with the other against ninth-placed Everton.
‘Those goals have helped United beat teams they struggled to break down last season. But as Manchester United’s £75million centre forward, his role is to define the big moments.
‘It is not just goals that are lacking against United’s top-six rivals but performances, too. In six matches against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham, he has mustered four shots on target.
‘United’s poor form against the teams around them has prevented them from challenging Manchester City for the title. What is stopping him in the big games? Confidence should not be an issue. Lukaku has all the attributes to be a top player. But he does not seem to have the killer instinct that the likes of Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane possess.
‘In 10 years’ time, United fans will remember Lukaku for the moments of magic he creates in the games that really matter, not for those two goals against Huddersfield.’