Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Romelu Lukaku’s loan switch from Chelsea has allowed the Belgium international to become “a proper man”, says The
The 20-year-old has had plenty of opportunities at Everton, making three appearances under Martinez. Lukaku has repaid the manager’s faith with four goals and an assist.
Martinez believes Lukaku is in the right place at Everton and has seen the striker grow into a ‘proper man’ already. “Romelu can be as good as he wants to be,” the former Wigan boss said.
“He will get the opportunity here. He will have the time to experiment things and try things. Remember that he hasn’t played many 90 minutes in his career and it is important he does play 90 minutes for us because that allows his game to go into full flow. That is the way he is as a player.
“How many games did he play 90 minutes at West Brom? He was involved in 35 games – how many did he play in [from the start]? Seven.
“So it is like seeing a young man who has now become a proper man with an important role and that’s what we want him to have here. This is the first time in his career that he is going to take that role so everything is in his hands.”
As Martinez said, last season, Lukaku made 35 appearances for Albion in the Premier League, scoring 17 goals and assisting four. The 20-year-old is part of the Belgium national side who will travel to Croatia for Friday’s World Cup qualifier, before hosting Wales on Tuesday.
Everton will host Hull City on October 19 following the international break; the Toffees are currently seventh in the Premier League table, having only lost once in seven matches.
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