By Matt Farr
Martin Keown believes Everton striker Romelu Lukaku needs to make considerable improvements to be considered a top striker.
The 23-year-old star has drawn the plaudits this season for his impressive goalscoring form, netting 22 goals from 32 appearances, but Keown is not so convinced.
In his column for the Daily Mail, the former Arsenal defender delivered a damning verdict on the Everton hitman, insisting his recent displays were not up to the standard of a £60million-plus striker.
Lukaku looks likely to make a summer move away from Goodison Park after snubbing a new contract offer at the club.
However, Keown has urged the Belgium international to show a better attitude, branding the Belgium international as ‘unintelligent’ and ‘immature.’
He wrote for the Mail: “They have put the Belgian on a pedestal at Everton and his behaviour towards [Ashley]Williams seemed to suggest: ‘You can’t question me.’
“But in their last two games, against Liverpool and United, he didn’t look like a £60million-plus striker. You judge a player by the decisions he makes and Lukaku doesn’t make enough good ones.
“He only sees the goal, he doesn’t have enough awareness of other players. He puts his head down and runs hard and fast. Is he an intelligent player? Not for me.
“Ronald Koeman has to bring him into line. Williams, as a senior pro, is entitled to make his point and Lukaku’s reaction was immature.”
Keown’s comments come after Lukaku had an argument with teammate Williams during the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Tuesday night.
A frustrated Williams had appeared to demand his teammates work harder to preserve their 1-0 lead against United, only for Lukaku to respond with a shushing gesture.