Jamie Carragher: This is my one criticism of Everton 23-year-old
By Amir Mir
Jamie Carragher has urged Everton striker Romelu Lukaku to have more of an impact on games he doesn’t score in.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher compared the 23-year-old striker to Premier League legend Didier Drogba and the role he played for Chelsea during his time at the club.
Carragher explained how four-time PL winner Drogba could be “man of the match without scoring” as he wants Lukaku to do the same.
This season, Lukaku has been in fine form in front of goal, scoring 17 goals in 25 league games, including during the 2-0 win at home to Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.
These were Carragher’s comments on Lukaku as he explained what his one criticism of the Toffees ace is.
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“My one criticism of him is when he doesn’t score sometimes you don’t see him,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “Now, I mentioned Drogba, he could play in a game and be man of the match without scoring. He could dominate a back four. Dominate two centre-backs.
“When Lukaku doesn’t score, I still fear he should be having a major impact on the game and that’s going forward and something he’s got to do. I also look at the impact of Drogba had on other players, so you think of Frank Lampard’s goal record at Chelsea and the role he played. Could he do that for Tom Davies going forward in the next few years or Ross Barkley. He definitely has the potential to be world class.”
During his time at Chelsea, Drogba scored 104 goals in 254 league games for the club as he is now regarded as one of the greatest strikers to have played for the London-based outfit.
On top of that, he helped the Blues lift the Champions League in 2012 as his winning penalty sealed a dramatic night for the club.
Now, Carragher wants Lukaku to try and have the same impact as Drogba as the duo hold similar traits in physical power and pace.
During his time in England, the Belgian international has found the back of the net on 77 occasions from 174 PL matches.
His goals this season have helped Ronald Koeman’s side sit comfortably in seventh place as they aim to secure a European spot at the end of the season.
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