Howard said Lukaku 'felt like an Evertonian' when he arrived

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The former Manchester United keeper speaks highly of his teammate, who was signed from Chelsea, in his new autobiography.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has revealed how Romelu Lukaku became a hit with both the players and fans at the club, and it was his starring role in a Merseyside derby that ensured he would become a favourite at the club.

Lukaku played a key role last season in Roberto Martinez's first year in charge at Goodison Park as he found the net on 16 occasions as the Toffees finished fifth on 72 points, a record in the Premier League for the club.

Howard explained how much of a fan he was when the Belgian forward arrived at the club, and praised him for his performance in one of the most memorable Merseyside derbies that have taken place in recent years.

In his new autobiography, the American stopper said about the signings that Martinez brought to the club: “I liked them all, especially Romelu. At 21, Rom was already a major talent, as driven as any player I’d ever seen. Yet he was humble too, easy to be around.

“He didn’t party, didn’t care for the flashy cars or the nightclub scene. In his spare time, he studied tapes of the world’s greatest strikers; he’d made a highlight reel of plays by Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba, Robin Van Persie, and Wayne Rooney.

“He may have been on loan, but he felt like an Evertonian, and he immediately endeared himself to the fans. In his first Everton game, away to West Ham, he scored the winning goal. In his Goodison debut, he’d banged in two more.

“But it was the Merseyside derby that sealed the deal. Not only did he score twice against Liverpool, helping us draw 3-3, he later declared the whole event to be his favourite moment in club soccer."

This summer saw Lukaku make his loan move from Chelsea permanent, and though it has taken him a little while to find his best form, he has started to shine again both in domestic competition and in the Europa League.

Everton paid £28 million for the forward, and it seems to be a move that has gone down well with Howard, and the Everton fans alike.

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