Hercule Poirot of the scouting world
- May 10, 2009
Yeah, I watch most of Inter games as they are the team I follow in Serie A.You can write last season off for Icardi. He missed half of it and when he did play it was under a cloud. His own fault but it's not some injury that cant be recovered from.
I seem to remember you being a keen Serie A fan? Watching Inter live it's frustrating how little they manage to find Icardi. It doesn't show up on TV but he is constantly making runs off the defenders only for Vecino/Naingolan/Brozovic/Valero/whoever to pass it sideways and miss the opportunity. His chances have been particularly low because of that.
Contrast that to Lukaku who pretty much stands still until the ball comes to him and then it's pot luck whether he actually manages to control it.
I just don't rate him highly. Inter are also set up to his strengths, endless crossing with Icardi as target. He is also one of the reason why they can't play fluid football. He is limited on the ball, he doesnt help the team in the build up, he can't dribble past players. He relies on service more than most strikers.
Lukaku for all his faults, doesn't hide in the games. He drops deep to help the team, he also makes the runs through channels and also he backs himself to take on defenders and beat them.
If you compare their goals from open play, it's almost with Lukaku assisting more, creating more chances, winning more aerial duels, completing 4 times more dribbles than Icardi. Apart from first touch and movement, I don't think there is anything where Icardi is better. If he doesn't score it's like playing with 10 players and his goal scoring record from open play is as good as Lukaku's.
Also it's not like Lukaku was playing for superior teams. He played for West Brom and Everton for 5 seasons.