Romelu Lukaku Harry Kane Manchester United Tactical Analysis

On his day, Romelu Lukaku is simply unstoppable. Nobody can disagree with that, hell, the stats speak for themselves. How does he match up to his Spurs counterpart, Harry Kane, though? With the game only a matter of hours away, I thought it would be the right time to compare the pair of them and see how they marry up. Or don’t, as the case may well be. Before we get into the comparison game, let’s have a look at each of their respective profiles.

Player Profiles

Romelu Lukaku Harry Kane Manchester United Tactical Analysis
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Since Lukaku joined Everton on a permanent deal, he hasn’t really looked back and thoroughly deserved his move to Old Trafford. He would’ve naturally been disappointed not to make the World Cup Final in the summer, but either way, he had a solid tournament. Romelu will undoubtedly be looking to add to his account for the campaign this evening, as will Kane. Speaking of Kane…

Romelu Lukaku Harry Kane Manchester United Tactical Analysis
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With just over two months between them age-wise, the more I think about this, the more I think it’s a cracking feature. Top marks for me. Back to Harry Kane the hurricane. He was supposed to be one season wonder. Then one became two, so on and so forth. Here we are today – Kane is as hungry as ever to win a trophy with Spurs. Will this be their year? Probably not, but never mind – how about that comparison?

Comparison

Romelu Lukaku Harry Kane Manchester United Tactical Analysis
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Before we begin with the comparison, let me say, I have no idea why Lukaku hasn’t got a face. Sometimes it happens, what else you gonna do? As you can see from the above, the immediate way of deciphering the stats, is Kane is the better goalscorer, Lukaku is the better all-round player? Let’s see how this plays out…

Kane scored 0.33 more goals per ninety minutes inside the area and 0.08 more headers per ninety minutes. For the avoidance of doubt, I can confirm that Kane is higher on overall goals, I just wanted a couple of goal stats as opposed to just the one. Lukaku comes into his own from that point onwards. Lukaku has better shot accuracy than Kane (5% higher) and his take on stats are there for all to see. 15.2% better than the England captain. What does this all actually mean, though? It’s a tough one because Kane averages nearly twice the number of shots of Lukaku, so it’s just one of them.

Chances created hasn’t got much in it, 0.06 to be precise. So, according to the stats, Lukaku is more of a team player than Kane and is more productive with the ball. Something along those lines, anyway.

Conclusion

In closing, Kane scores more goals than Lukaku. Period. I’m not one to make bold claims (ha), but I think Kane will outscore Lukaku tonight and the meltdown from Mourinho will be magnificent. I’m not even sure what he can blame the loss on if it happens. It’s not as if United were outspent by Spurs in the transfer window. One thing is for certain, it’s bound to be an interesting watch. Cue 0-0.

Until the next time.