Roberto Martinez comments on continuing development of Romelu Lukaku

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Martinez says Lukaku is trying to become the best in the world.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said in the Liverpool Echo that striker Romelu Lukaku is a dream to coach or manage after he found the net again against West Ham United during their 1-1 draw at the weekend. 

The 22-year-old scored his ninth goal of the season in all competitions - his seventh in the league - by getting the Toffees on level terms at the Boleyn Ground.

Prior to and since his £28 million move from Chelsea, the Belgian has threatened to become one of the best forwards in the league and has certainly shown recently he is one of the most feared, as he has the pace and power to match his ability in front of goal that can terrify opposition defences. 

Martinez says that the forward is aiming to become the best in the world, and is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: "You took at potential and we invested heavily. We could see the type of player he could be, his mentality and that he is in love with the game and he has a real passion like footballers have.

“There are no complications and he has been getting better and better and better. He is a player you can spend days working with. He is very receptive.

“He wants to improve and be the best in the world. And then he has everything to work on.

“He can be strong with his back to play. He can be very powerful with the way that he runs with the ball.

“He is a clinical finisher with both feet. He is powerful in the air. He is a player who as a coach or manager he is a dream.”

Lukaku seems to be going from strength to strength at Everton, having regularly got a goalscoring tally in the mid teens - and hitting 20 in all competitions last season with half of them coming in the league.

He may have had a dip in form to some extent in the Premier League last term but the start he has made this season - to be three behind last season's tally - is pretty impressive. One would think a haul of 20 goals in the league alone will be his target - and he will hope to stay relatively free from injuries in the process.

Ultimately forwards are there to score goals and he is certainly delivering on that front at the moment, while a strike partnership with Arouna Kone appears to be blossoming. 

At the age of 22, there is still a lot of development left in Lukaku. A frightening thought for both Everton and whoever they face. 

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