Thierry Henry has been cited as the reason Romelu Lukaku is now a top striker

Thierry Henry has been cited as the reason Romelu Lukaku is now a top striker

- The striker has scored four goals and assisted two at the World Cup so far

- Lukaku has been hailed as one of the best strikers in the world right now

Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku has been described as Thierry Henry's "pet project" by Goal's Sam Lee. The journalist was explaining how Lukaku's recent improvements have mostly been down to Belgium assistant coach Henry.

Lukaku who joined Manchester United in July of 2017, scored 27 goals in all competitions for the Red Devils. This summer he has become Belgium's all-time to scorer with 40 goals.

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But the goals are not the only thing getting the 24 year-old his plaudits. Much has been said in his his overall game play. And for many, Lukaku has to thank Henry.

Lukaku himself wrote earlier in the World Cup about how far he has come and sad this of Thiery Henry: "He helps me so much with everything in the game,"

Lukaku and Thierry

Lukaku in action against Tunisia. Photo credit: Getty Images

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"My awareness, my skills, my shooting, my control in front of the goal, my actions, where I have to be on the field, scoring goals out of nowhere - that’s what big players do, don’t wait for the ball to come in front of you, you have to create the goal yourself."

On Tuesday, Lukaku's Belgium come face to face against France. Thierry Henry was a World Cup winner with France in 1998.

Apart from having something to say about how one can win a World Cup, Henry is supposed to teach Lukaku how to do the most important thing in football against France: score.

Lukaku continued about Henry: "Since we’ve been working closely together I think I’ve raised my game twice as much than what I thought I could do, and I owe him a lot, a lot in the last two years. I owe him a lot."

The Manchester United forward has scored four goals and set up another two. He looks like a completely different player from just a few years ago.

Recently, Belgium captain Eden Hazard praised Lukaku as one of the world's best strikers.

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It might not be hard to agree with Hazard. But what what should not be under-emphasised is how far the striker has come thanks to Henry.

The two have struck up an extremely close relationship and that is proving fruitful on the pitch.

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