In the current climate of modern football's transfer market, and with the increase in spending power for most of the elite clubs, transfer fees are soaring - questionable amounts of money are being spent on individuals, and it's fair to say £50m is now the new £20m. With this in mind, while the price tag is hard to stomach, here are four reasons why Manchester United's £75m signing Romelu Lukaku is still value for money... One thing that Manchester United can expect from new signing Lukaku is...
One thing that Manchester United can expect from new signing Lukaku is goals. The Belgian striker has been Everton's top scorer for the last three seasons and had his best goal return for The Toffees with 25 goals in 37 Premier League appearances last season.
He is capable of scoring a variety of goals and with quality service from his colleagues at Manchester United, finding the net even more consistently shouldn't be a problem for him.
In the modern game strikers often need to be versatile and adjust to playing in different tactical systems. Lukaku's strength, size, aerial threat, speed and technical ability make him adaptable to any team's formation needs.
His style of play means he can operate as a target man with his back to goal linking up with his teammates or play on the shoulder of the last defender to get in behind the defence.
At 24-years-old, Lukaku is still young and has time to improve his game over the next few seasons. Most forwards reach their peak by 27 or 28 so this bodes well for Manchester United.
This signing, though expensive, should prove to be a long term investment. As long as Lukaku stays fit and avoids any serious injuries, he is likely to only get better as a player and thus his market value should increase in a few years.
Lukaku signing for the Red Devils means that rival clubs like Chelsea and even his former club Everton are at a disadvantage for losing him.
Premier League champions Chelsea were very keen on re-signing the Belgian and with Diego Costa unsettled at Stamford Bridge, Lukaku would have been a worthy and potent replacement as they seek to defend their title.
Everton have lost their top scorer and even though Rooney has returned to his boyhood club, immediately filling Lukaku's boots is still a big ask for any striker.