Everton boss Martinez relieved that Lukaku cannot be recalled by Chelsea

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has expressed his relief that on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku cannot be recalled by his parent club Chelsea for the duration of the deal, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Lukaku began the season with Chelsea, making three appearances from the bench without scoring before being allowed to move to Goodison Park on transfer deadline day in a deal that surprised many after he scored 17 Premier League goals at West Bromwich Albion last season.

And he has made an instant impact for Everton, with three goals in his opening two Premier League outings. He scored a late winner at West Ham United, and on Monday he claimed a first-half brace along with an assist as Newcastle United were beaten 3-2, which helped maintain Everton’s unbeaten league record.

Asked how things would be if Chelsea had a recall option available, Martinez said: “I could be sweating now if that was the case. Romelu is a young man who has everything as a striker but he is still developing and he needs to go out on loan like he did last season.

Sometimes you see a No 9 who is powerful and has a great physical presence – what Romelu brings is a real awareness around him,” Martinez continued. “He is technically really gifted when he has his back to goal and that was a focal point today. He is a great goalscorer. He looked like a player who felt at home. I want him to enjoy his football, I want him to develop and become as good as he can.

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