Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v Stoke

Friday, 26 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

St. Mary's Stadium

Last Game

So'ton 3 - 0 Everton

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Martinez lauds Lukaku promise

Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes loan star Romelu Lukaku has the potential to become one of the world's best.

Last Updated: 10/10/13 at 10:25 Post Comment

Romelu Lukaku: Can be 'as good as he wants to be' according to Roberto M

Romelu Lukaku: Can be 'as good as he wants to be' according to Roberto M

The Belgian frontman, who is currently away on 2014 World Cup qualifying duty, has already shown at the tender age of 20 that he has all of the attributes required to be a handful for the best back fours around.

Pace, power and a keen eye for goal, Lukaku has shown throughout his time in his homeland and in England that he is destined for the top.

He plundered 17 goals during a loan spell at West Bromwich Albion last season, allowing him to prove his worth at a Premier League level, and has already netted four in four for Everton.

It came as something of a surprise when Chelsea allowed Lukaku to move to Goodison Park on transfer deadline day - on a season-long agreement - but Martinez is delighted to have acquired the services of a player who is already very good, but could be great in the future.

He said in The Sun: "He's not a typical No.9, he's more than that.

"He has an incredible awareness and his link-up play with Ross Barkley is not coincidence.

"He is a modern target man. There aren't many of that type around - you have the clever sort with good mobility and space awareness. Then you've got the powerful one and he is a mixture, which is exciting.

"He can be as good as he wants to be."

Lukaku had taken in just two domestic 90-minute run-outs in two years prior to linking up with the Toffees, but has already matched that return in his short time on Merseyside.

Martinez added: "He hasn't played many 90 minutes in his career and it is important he has already played two for us.

"It is like seeing a young man who has now become a proper man."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: QPR look for result against Arsenal, Rio Ferdinand in selection contention

QPR boss Harry Redknapp says Rio Ferdinand could be back in the team as the squad is rotated through the festive period.

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Premier League: Ronald Koeman facing selection crisis ahead of Southampton's match against Everton

Harrison Reed's impressive display against Everton has given Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property