Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo that he doesn’t need to teach Romelu Lukaku to become more aggressive.
The Toffees boss has suggested that the striker has to get the right balance between being aggressive and relying on his natural attributes.
“He carries presence, if I’m honest with you, because the opposition always put two defenders on him,” said Martinez.
“You need to have the right balance between someone who can compete and put his body around.”
Lukaku is a big striker and has enough about him to play as a sole striker for Everton.
The problem that comes with that is the opposition can try to get beneath his skin because there’s just one focus at the top of the team.
Where the manager can be clever against those tactics is packing the midfield with creative players who can step up and take the pressure off of him.
If Martinez feels he needs a player to be aggressive, he can urge another player to develop a nastier side while leaving the Belgian to utilise his natural presence.
It will be interesting to see how he sets the side up against Chelsea this evening, considering the Belgian’s past with the Blues.
It’s going to be an emotional game if the Belgian starts in attack and Jose Mourinho is one of the best in the business when it comes to exploiting that sort of quality in opposition players.
He can’t let it get the better of him.