By Russell Edge
Former Liverpool and Newcastle manager Graeme Souness has said that Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku is a better striker than Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
Both forwards showed great form in front of goal last season, with the Spurs man beating the Belgian, who scored 25 goals for Everton, to the Premier League golden boot with 29 strikes.
However, despite the English hitman having picked up two successive top scorer awards and having hit home over 20 goals in each of the last three seasons, Souness insists that he would rather have Lukaku in his side.
The former Scotland midfielder, who picked up 54 caps for his country, says that while both have demonstrated their natural goal scoring talents, his decision comes down to the differing type of player the forward duo are.
Writing in the Sunday Times, the 64-year-old said: “If you pushed me to choose between Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku, I’d take the Belgium international.
“Kane is a fabulous player, with a great football brain and technique. He wants to get on the shoulder of defenders or back them into the box.
“I reckon he sees himself as a part No 9 and part No 10, whereas Lukaku is an outright No 9, a centre-forward.
“Nobody wants to be that man through the middle any more, running forward and taking on centre-halves physically.
“Lukaku seems to relish all that and so he should with the power and pace that God has given him.”
While the England man has endured a slow start to the Premier League season, with his two goals so far coming as a brace against Everton in a 3-0 win, Lukaku has hit the ground running at Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old has managed to find the back of the net five times in five matches, joining Sergio Aguero at the top of the goal scoring table this season.
In total the Belgian has scored 90 goals in 191 appearances in the English top flight, with spells at Chelsea, West Brom, Everton and now United.
Kane meanwhile has hit the back of the net 80 times in 121 Premier League outings, his first coming against Sunderland in April 2014.
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