Everton manager Roberto Martinez has explained to the Liverpool Echo that he feels the right approach with Romelu Lukaku over the rest of the season will benefit the forward in the next campaign.
The Toffees manager is wary of the Belgian’s current hamstring problem and has hinted that the club will try and nurse the forward through to the start of next season.
“We are not talking about big margins. Rom was desperate to play (in the draw against Swansea) but if we can get him ready for the next six games then we can feel the benefit going into the next campaign,” said Martinez.
Lukaku is arguably Everton’s most important attacking player, which is demonstrated by the 11 goals he has scored in all competitions since the turn of the year.
He’s a player with the potential to be explosive in the Everton attack and a player who can be instrumental in success for the club over the next few seasons.
Everton have struggled domestically this season because of the pressure which has been levelled at the team because of Europe, but with fewer games to play next season, Lukaku should stay fresher for longer.
The issue for Martinez is that he has an eager player on his hands who has been suffering from a delicate injury issue.
He can rightly install him at the top of the attack for the rest of the season, urging him to give everything, but if the hamstring problem gets worse as a result, there are long term repercussions for the club which could leave the manager under pressure in the transfer market.