Graeme Jones: What we've been working on with Romelu Lukaku

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Everton assistant boss Graeme Jones has explained what the club have been focusing on with striker Romelu Lukaku.

Everton assistant manager Graeme Jones has told the club’s website that the Toffees are actively working on ways to eradicate the weaknesses from Romelu Lukaku’s game.

The Belgian centre forward is arguably the most important attacking player at the club and will be tasked with leading the side to progression on all fronts next season.

His record from last season is impressive at 20 goals across all competitions, with seven assists but Jones has explained that he feels the forward could be doing more.

“With Rom, we’ve spoken quite a lot about his back-to-goal play – it’s not something that comes natural to him, even though he has improved this season. Rome wasn’t built in a day and it takes time,” he said.

“We concentrate on his strengths – he’s 6ft 3in and 16 stone, lightning quick and if he gets it on that left foot, it will more often than not end up in the back of the net.”

The idea for manager Roberto Martinez next season could be to get the ball into the feet of the attacking star as quickly as possible.

However, the Spaniard is a manager who likes a predominantly possession based game, with a threat also coming from wide areas.

Due to that, Lukaku has to adapt and has to turn to face the rest of his side if the tactic of playing on the shoulder of the opposition defence isn’t working.

When he plays well, Everton quite often play well and it should be encouraging for Toffees everywhere that the club is already looking at ways he can invent himself in the face of tactics designed to keep him quiet.

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