Lukaku has revealed how a 30 minute conversation with the Spanish coach convinced him that Goodison Park was the right place to be playing his football over the rest of the season.
The Belgian has been sent out on loan to Everton in order to get game time and to pile up the first team appearances in preparation for his Chelsea return at the end of the current campaign.
“Different clubs called me and I had to take the right decision. Roberto Martinez called me for 30 minutes and explained me what he expects from me. I decided that Everton was the best choice,” said the Belgian.
It seems like a great deal all round because Lukaku is likely to be the figurehead of the Everton attack while Martinez gets to work with a forward who has the sort of potential he’s never worked with before.
Martinez did work with some very talented players at Wigan throughout his four-year spell including Victor Moses, Scott Sinclair, Franco Di Santo, Hugo Rodallega and Arouna Kone but none in that list had the calibre and talent of Lukaku.
He’s also a different type of striker that Martinez has worked with before in the respect that he is a real battering ram of a forward and can be used in that sort of way.
Therefore, it’s going to be an exciting challenge for Martinez to see whether he can turn Lukaku into a more refined striker, which would fit in with the style of football that he likes his teams to play.
The timing is also perfect for Lukaku because he should be returning to Chelsea as a more refined player around the time the Blues will be deciding whether they want to renew the contract of Samuel Eto’o.
There is always going to be the risk that Lukaku will get tot the end of the season and not want to go back to Chelsea because of any success he has at Everton.
However, honesty has played a big part in his move to Everton, with Jose Mourinho very honest about what he needs to do to have a future at Chelsea and Martinez very honest about the way he’ll be used in Everton colours.
If Chelsea don’t keep Eto’o on then Lukaku will be going back to Stamford Bridge as a better touch player for the experience he will have in a Roberto Martinez side and that’s exactly what Mourinho is probably hoping for.
Lukaku also shouldn’t have any worries about settling into unfamiliar surroundings quickly because he has fellow Belgian Kevin Mirallas to rely on as a close friend to help him settle in quickly.
That should enable him to hit the ground running with his new side. We’ll never know what Martinez exactly said over the course of that half hour conversation but Martinez deserves a lot of credit for securing an immensely talented player.
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