Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he is honing his skills with extra sessions under club legend and first-team coach Duncan Ferguson.
Lukaku, 21, scored 15 goals in 31 Premier League appearances 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.
Nevertheless, the promising Belgian knows that he still has a lot to learn following a somewhat slower start to his term, and is eager to learn from the man who netted 72 times in 273 games over two separate spells at Goodison Park.
‘I can learn a lot from Duncan about holding up the ball. Even sometimes in training he’ll stop and show me something. The way he holds up the ball is so impressive,’ he told the Liverpool Echo.
‘Also the way he finishes from crosses as well with his head. It’s all impressive.
‘I work with Duncan and [assistant manager] Graeme Jones all the time. I go with them after training on Tuesday, Wednesday and sometimes Thursday or Friday. At least three times a week.’
Lukaku added that he was unaware of Ferguson’s reputation among the Everton faithful prior to joining the club, but a bit of research now has him up to speed on the skills which made the Scot one of the top-flight’s most imposing front men and an enormous fan favourite.
‘I was too young to watch Duncan much when he was playing,’ he said. ‘Most of the time when I watched Everton as a kid it was Wayne Rooney. I remember him scoring the goal against Arsenal. My brother was an Arsenal fan so I was happy because I supported Chelsea.
‘But I knew Duncan was a big figure for the club and I looked up some videos when I first came here. It’s then I saw the important goals he scored and how much he meant to the fans.’
Having scored four goals in 14 games so far this season, Lukaku was left on the bench for last weekend’s 0-0 home draw with Swansea, but a solid 22-minute cameo could see him back in the line-up for the upcoming trip to Sunderland.