How Will USMNT Cope With A Powerful Centre-Forward?
In their three group games so far, the United States defense have been a little inconsistent, and they’ll have to be at their sharpest to cope with a powerhouse of a central defender, of which Belgium have two.
Admittedly, after a stellar campaign with Everton, it’s not really happened for Romelu Lukaku. The Chelsea man is a forward that likes the ball to be played in front of him to run onto, but he’s struggled for room against Belgium’s group opponents so far, who have sat deep and cut off the space for him to run into.
So it’ll be interesting to see whether Wilmots goes with Lukaku for this one, or teenager Divock Origi, who has impressed in his cameo appearances so far. The Lille forward is a lot more comfortable with the ball coming into feet, and against the United States, he may be a better foil for the likes of Hazard and De Bruyne, who can play off him.
Either way, it’ll be a huge physical challenge for the United States central defenders, one that they’ve not faced in this tournament so far. If they fail to get to grips with Lukaku or Origi, either player is capable of running riot.