FORMER Everton boss Roberto Martinez predicts that Romelu Lukaku will become ‘one of the greatest number nines’ in the world.
The Belgian international certainly has all the attributes: pace, power, touch, finishing ability – the whole package.
Little wonder the Toffees are desperate to keep him.
Little wonder the top clubs are keen to snap him up in the summer.
All of which begs the question: why did Chelsea let him go in the first place?
Surely, somebody at The Bridge must have recognised he was the perfect replacement for Didier Drogba; Lukako’s boyhood idol.
It’s going to take a pretty package to get him back to West London.
Lukaku is refusing to sign a new contract with Everton which all points to his departure in the summer. Shame.
Everton, under Ronald Koeman, are destined for better things and the Dutchman believes the club is in a position to challenge the big guns of the Premier League.
Lukaku would play a big part in that process – but can they keep hold of him?
A bid in the region of £75million might persuade the owners to sell. But how committed is the player to the Everton cause?
Belgium boss Martinez believes Lukaku has all the tools to become the most dangerous striker in the world.
Having worked with the 23-year-old at Everton and now on the international stage, Martinez is well placed to comment on Lukaku’s progress.
He told Football Focus: “From a very young age, he had an incredible goalscoring threat. Any footballer that is special at the highest level, has to be outstanding at something.
“’At the age of 23, I always believed he had the possibility of becoming the best No 9 in world football because he has absolutely everything.”