Romelu Lukaku: One for the future … but the future is now

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There’s already talk going around that the current crop of players could be the rebirth of Belgium and this tournament could mark the beginning of Belgium’s new golden era. In fact, some pundits have gone as far as picking Belgium as one of the dark horses in Brazil. And one of those players expected to make things happen for the Red Devils is Romelu Lukaku.

The 21-year old made a mark for himself when he topped the Belgian scoring charts at only 16. It would later come as no surprise when he caught the selective eyes of Chelsea scouts and was quickly snapped up in 2011. However, breaking into the team proved a hard nut to crack for the inexperienced youngster who was later loaned out to West Bromwich Albion and then Everton, when he’s currently plying his trade.

His exceptional eye for goal makes him one of the most dangerous strikers in Brazil and underestimated he’s expected to shock his opposition. He was very instrumental in Belgium’s qualifying campaign and is expected to continue with his form in the tournament.

Born on 13 May 1993, in Antwerp in Belgium, Lukaku was first identified by Lierse SK, when he was developed into a player he is today, scoring 68 goals in 121 matches. He left the club in 2006 to join Anderlecht when he went on to score 93 goals in 131 games, clearly distinguishing himself as one for the future. And the future is now!

There are other good players in Belgium like Marouane Fellaini, but Lukaku – the kid is a little special.

– By Sipho Kekana