Lukaku wants son to follow Romelu’s path amid Arsenal interest

Lukaku wants son to follow Romelu’s path amid Arsenal interest

Anderlecht starlet Jordan Lukaku is being urged by his father to stay in Belgium after Young Guns reported that the Gunners will post scouts at the Belgium U17s game this week.

The brother of one of the most highly rated teenagers in world football in Romelu Lukaku, Jordan is already in the spotlight of the Belgian media despite only turning 16 last month.

But despite catching the eye of a side renowned for their youth policy in Arsenal, Jordan’s father Roger Lukaku believes that remaining in Belgium is probably the best choice of path for his younger son.

“I have heard of interest from over there for a while, but no more than that. His manager has good contacts at Arsenal. If they are really interested, we will be hearing from them directly.

There are also a few German sides who have already shown interest. But I do not think this is an issue. We will look at the situation with Jordan, his manager and myself. I think he’s pretty happy at Anderlecht to develop as Romelu has done.”

Mostly playing as a left winger for the Anderlecht youth sides, at national level he often drops deeper to left back instead, where his strength helps him stand out from the rest. As his father explains:

“Jordan and Romelu are two totally different types of players” he tells Nieuws Blad. “Jordan is perhaps less the real killer. But when he plays as a left forward, he still scores quite regularly. Sometimes the coach pushes him to left back, because he thinks Jordan finds playing so far forward too easy.

[Jordan has] more finesse [than his brother]. He is extremely fast with the ball at his feet. ”

The co-ordinator for the Belgian national teams, Marc van Geersom, agrees with this description.

“Jordan is more technical than his brother at that age,” he explained. “[But] on the physical plane, he is still inferior. The question is how will he develop?”

At the moment it appears that the watching European giants are simply monitoring his progress but with his older brother’s example to follow and a father to keep his feet firmly on the ground, here is another Lukaku football fans might be hearing a lot more about in the coming seasons.

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