Romelu Lukaku has spoken of his happiness at playing in a strike partnership with Arouna Kone, telling the official Everton website that the former Wigan Athletic forward’s work ethic means they have clicked when fielded together.
The Toffees spent much of the season with Lukaku as a lone forward, supported by a central attacking midfielder, but found success when manager Roberto Martinez changed the team’s shape and used Kone and Lukaku together.
Lukaku’s injury put an end to their burgeoning relationship but the Belgium international returned to action as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Burnley and, ahead of Sunday’s visit of Manchester United to Goodison Park, Lukaku has spoken of how much easier it is to play alongside someone as opposed to on his own.
“There were some games where I used to play down the sides and it didn’t work out for me,” he said. “In all the games when I’ve played as a striker I have scored goals.
“So when the manager switched over with two strikers with Arouna, that was heaven for me because I could do whatever I wanted because there was somebody next to me who had a work ethic the same as me,” the former Chelsea man continued. “It was very pleasing.
“The manager knew that if I had that type of distraction next to me on the pitch then I would much more free to score and create goals. Now, when you play with somebody next to you, you always know you are in a one-v-one situation.”
Kone has however struggled for goals since following Martinez to Merseyside from Wigan, a long-term knee injury meaning he has played only 21 times for the club, scoring once, in December’s 3-2 defeat at Newcastle.
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