Paul Ince: “Romelu Lukaku Made A Great Decision Signing For Inter”

Paul Ince: “Romelu Lukaku Made A Great Decision Signing For Inter”
August 13, 2019 19:30
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Inter’s former midfielder Paul Ince is confident Romelu Lukaku will prove a huge success in Serie A.

Ince spent two seasons with the Nerazzurri in the 1990s but also had six years playing for Manchester United, winning seven major trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Lukaku completed a €75 million move last week and is working hard to reach full fitness for Antonio Conte’s side.

In a column written for Paddy Power, Ince said: “The fact is, Lukaku is a goalscorer, he’s always been a natural goalscorer but the ball has to be placed right in front of him.

“He has to be fed and he will score you goals, and I’m sure he’ll show that at Inter Milan.

“Having played there myself, it’s a great move for him. It’s a wonderful club and a wonderful place to live, it’ll be a great experience.

“The expectations will be huge on him because he’s come from United, and there’ll be nowhere to hide, but he should relish that.”

United opted not to replace Lukaku as the Premier League’s transfer window shut last week, instead choosing to rely on Marcus Rashford as their main striker.

Ince admitted he was not surprised the Belgian international left but warned his former club they would miss Lukaku’s goals.

“It’s a tough one because the fact of the matter is he is always going to score you goals,” Ince continued.

“Last season you could see the signs that he wasn’t happy, that he wanted to leave. There were signs that the end was approaching for him, but what he does offer is guaranteed goals in the net.

“As a club, for United to suddenly lose 20 or so goals that he nets, that’s a big loss and they should have replaced him – his goals will be missed. It puts a lot of pressure on Rashford and Anthony Martial.

“In my eyes, for United to be performing well, Rashford needs to be netting 20-25 goals this season and I’m not yet sure if he’ll do that.

“I look at United and I feel like they’re almost copying a Liverpool model. They got Virgil van Dijk in and United got Harry Maguire in, and it seems they’ve gone for three forwards too, pacey players like Martial, Lingard and Rashford.

“I don’t see where Lukaku fits into that, so I’m not surprised Ole let him go, but that does put extra pressure on the younger lads to find the net.”

Lukaku scored 42 goals in two seasons at United, having signed from Everton in the summer of 2017.

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