Sunday May 17 2020
Melo: 'Lautaro striker of the future'

Ex-Inter man Felipe Melo believes Lautaro Martinez is ‘the striker of the future’ compared to Romelu Lukaku, who ‘doesn’t have so much quality’.

Lukaku has helped get the best out of Martinez, with the Argentine so far posting 16 goals and four assists this season, but Melo regards the Barcelona target to be technically superior.

“I know Lautaro, I see him play because I follow Inter,” he told Ole.

“He reminds me of Gabriel Jesus, who works a lot without the ball, fights and scores a lot.

“In my opinion, he’s the striker of the future. He’s only 22 years old, but he has strength and power and he has goals in him. A striker must always have goals in them.

“I like him very much as a player. For example, Lukaku’s very strong physically but he doesn’t have so much quality.”

The former Juventus midfielder then claimed to have talked to Lukaku before he joined the Nerazzurri last summer.

“Before he went to Inter, I told Lukaku that he’d perfectly with Lautaro, who leaves the box more and moves like a second striker.

“I’m curious to see Lautaro at Barcelona. They already have Suarez and Messi, think what they’d be like with Lautaro and Neymar too.”

How would the 36-year-old stop the quartet?

“You’d need five Felipe Melos on the pitch kicking them and a friendly referee. If not, the first kick would be a red and you’d be 7-0 down!”

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