Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed the differences between his current manager Ronald Koeman and the departed Roberto Martinez.
The Belgium international scored four times in a match for the first time in his career in the frantic 6-3 win at home to Bournemouth but only rated it his third-best performance.
However, he looks like a player with a new lease of life as towards the end of Roberto Martinez’s disappointing final season Lukaku was criticised for not putting the effort in. That was despite him becoming the first Everton player since Gary Lineker in 1986 to score 25 goals in a season.
The big front man already has 17 this campaign – 16 of which have made him the Premier League’s top scorer – and he believes his hard work is paying off for everyone.
“I am a guy that works really hard at the training ground. I know that hard work will pay off,” he said.
“Whatever the manager told me at the start of the season I just stuck to it.
“I believed in his philosophy of football and it helped me going forward. I trust the process that he wants to do with this football club.
“For me it is not different to Roberto Martinez. They both helped me in different ways. I learn from them a lot of stuff.
“I learned from Martinez about my movements, he taught me so much about that.
“The manager now is just helping me with the extra details, with the pressing of the balls and with my running off the ball and also the mental aspect of the game.
“He wants me to be focused at any time because he knows with my finishing if I have the ball in the last minute of the game I can decide the game.
“I’m delivering in whatever situations he wants me to play in.”