Romelu Lukaku’s goal against Stoke City on Saturday afternoon might not have made much different to the result, but the Belgium striker’s close range finish kept up his incredible goalscoring record in the Premier League.
The goal might not have been his most spectacular or the most meaningful, but it took Lukaku’s tally to 25 league goals in just over 48 and a half hours of football. That’s a goal every 117 minutes and makes him the most prolific striker in Premier League history, if you include every player who has at least 20 goals to their name.
Not bad for a player who Jose Mourinho was willing to let go on loan.
Incredibly, despite being a Chelsea player Lukaku has never found the back of the net for Chelsea in the Premier League, netting eight times for Everton and bagging 17 last season for West Brom.
- Lukaku currently has more league goals than the entire Crystal Palace team and the same number as Sunderland.
- The striker has a career conversion rate of 18 per cent in the league, but this season alone that is up to 27 per cent – higher than any of the other top ten leading goalscorers including Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez.
- Chelsea’s current main man Fernando Torres has a goal every 495 minutes in the league this season and a conversion rate of just six per cent. Samuel Eto’o isn’t much better with a conversion rate of nine per cent and Demba Ba’s is 13 per cent, meaning he still takes more than twice as many chances than Lukaku before he finds the net.
It’s bleak reading for Jose Mourinho who has seen his strikers rack up a miserable tally of five goals this season, and it is uncomfortable reading for ex-Everton gaffer David Moyes who has to face the beast on Wednesday.
Lukaku is 7/1 to open the scoring at Old Trafford and 21/10 to find the back of the net at any time. He has history against United, bagging a hat-trick in Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge and boasting a record of a goal every 30 minutes against the Red Devils in his career.
It’s not only defenders who have been getting roasted by Lukaku this season, as Paddy has been taking the same punishment week in and week out.
If you had stuck £5 each-way on Lukaku to score first in all 13 games this season your e-wallet would be up £91.88, which is a profit of 77 per cent. If you’d stuck £10 straight on him to score first every week you’d be up £42.50 which is still a profit of 35 per cent. Paddy Power has been best price on Lukaku more often than any other bookies and he is costing the boss a small fortune in the run up to Christmas.