Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has hailed Romelu Lukaku following the striker’s goal in the weekend’s 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, and believes his teammate his destined for big things in the game.
Lukaku, 21, scored 15 goals in 31 Premier League games on loan at Everton last season to help the club to a fifth-place finish, before sealing a club record £28 million permanent move from Chelsea this summer.
The Belgian international might have been deemed expandable at Stamford Bridge, but Howard maintains he possesses all the qualities to become one of the world’s best front men, and believes his price tag will end up looking like a bargain in due time.
‘He wants to be the best footballer in the world, he really does,’ he told the Mirror. ‘That’s what he thinks of himself. He gets his head down and he works, and we push him.
‘He’s electric, he’s alive, he celebrates goals in training, everything counts to him. Everything matters. That’s what you want to see. There are too many young kids that take it for granted. Romelu doesn’t. He cost a lot of money but he is not arrogant, he is hungry.
‘He was always going to go [from Chelsea this summer] for a big fee, but he is not affected by that stuff. He is a kid, a kid who likes to play video games and play football, that’s it - even the video games are football.
‘He is not going to get distracted. With guys of his talent, the sky is the limit.
‘He is a big player, there is a lot of pressure on him. At times he’s got to carry us.’