Everton boss Roberto Martinez has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on TalkSPORT that the biggest difference in Romelu Lukaku this season has been his mentality.
Lukaku has developed from an exciting prospect into a complete striker this term, and he has been nothing short of a revelation.
The 22-year-old has caused defences across England numerous problems with his pace and power.
And Martinez claims that the youngster is now absolutely determined to fulfil his very obvious potential.
“He came as a young man who only played seven full 90 minutes, and now he is developing every month to get stronger and better,” Martinez said.
“The mentality is the big difference. He wants to be the best and he’ll never stop trying his best to help himself.
“His goalscoring threat has always been a natural instinct, but even in those aspects he’s working really hard.”
Lukaku currently sits in third place in the race for the Premier League golden boot, having netted 18 times in the league.
The Belgian international has also struck another seven goals in cup competitions, to put him well clear at the top of Everton’s goalscoring charts.
Lukaku’s form is sure to have attracted the attention of plenty of suitors, and Everton could face a fight to keep hold of their prized asset in the summer.
The Toffees do have more financial power following new investment, but unless they are able to win the FA Cup, they may not be able to offer Lukaku European football - which could prove to be a problem.