Graeme Jones: We're lucky to have a player like Romelu Lukaku at Everton

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Everton assistant boss Graeme Jones is clear over how he views the status of striker Romelu Lukaku.

Everton assistant manager Graeme Jones has described striker Romelu Lukaku as a unique footballer on the club’s website.

Lukaku will likely be the main man in the Toffees attack for next season, as he looks to improve on the tally of 20 goals he scored across all competitions for the club last season.

Jones is excited about the potential Lukaku has and doesn’t appear to be preparing for him to leave Goodison Park any time soon.

“We are excited – he has only just turned 22,” he said.

“He is a unique footballer, technically and his attitude. His mental strength and approach to the game is exceptional. We are lucky that we have got a player of that calibre at this football club.”

A recent report from the Daily Mirror has suggested that Lukaku could be a target for other clubs, but it’s important that the Toffees do everything they can to hang onto him beyond this season.

He’s the sort of striker who can play any sort of role at the top of the team, which makes him one of the most versatile players that the Toffees could have in attack.

He’s got the physique and the strength needed to really get stuck into any defence, as well as a burst of pace to play on the shoulder and the intelligence to work effectively with the club’s midfield if a more patient approach is needed.

What Martinez needs to do throughout the summer is work hard to nip any rumours of interest in the bud, constantly reminding the Belgian of how important he is to everything that Everton are trying to achieve.

If he believes he’s best off with Everton, he can focus on producing his very best.

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