Everton boss: Mourinho already has his complete Chelsea No 9

Romelu Lukaku

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hailed Romelu Lukaku, his Chelsea loanee, as the complete striker.

Speaking on the eve of Everton’s must-win home game against West Ham, Martinez is clearly pleased that his star striker is returning after a lay-off from injury.

Lukaku suffered an ankle ligament injury during the Merseyside defeat to Liverpool at Anfield four weeks ago, and has been watching on from the side-lines ever since.

The 20-year-old has been a key player for the Toffees this term, acting as the spearhead to Martinez’s fluid passing system. He was sorely missed during Everton’s narrow away defeats to Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

There's no doubting the Belgian international's influence on the Everton side, nor his ability to score crucial goals. Lukaku has netted nine Premier League goals this season, outshining Chelsea’s current trio of Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba. And Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s decision to once again loan out Lukaku is all the more bizarre, given that the Chelsea boss has complained all season about his strikers’ lack of consistency and killer instinct in front of goal.

Whilst he has been a potential loss at Stamford Bridge, Martinez on the other hand has nothing but praise for his loanee, welcoming his return with open arms whilst reminding Mourinho of what he is missing.

The Liverpool Echo quotes the Everton boss: 'As a number nine he is as complete as you are going to get in world football, something which is a rare breed - to have such a talented footballer having that target man role.

'When you see him as a player you build a perception of a strong target man who is good with his back to goal and you get such a shock when you speak to him about football.

'He is a very intelligent man who wants to understand the game, and I've been very impressed by how he approaches the game'.

It remains unclear whether Mourinho will have a permanent place in his Chelsea squad for Lukaku. But if he doesn’t, don't rule out Everton putting in a bid - as Martinez is clearly a big fan.

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