Lukaku reap­ing ben­e­fits of Koe­man’s clar­ity

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Ever­ton striker Romelu Lukaku has cred­ited man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man’s clear and con­cise ap­proach for help­ing him get off to a fast start this sea­son and says it was the Dutch­man’s hon­esty that con­vinced him to stay at Good­i­son Park.

The 23-year-old has scored seven and as­sisted on three of Ever­ton’s 15 Premier League goals this sea­son, equalling his best start to a league cam­paign af­ter 10 games. “He is re­ally help­ing me a lot with a lot of clin­i­cal ad­vice,” Lukaku told Bri­tish me­dia.

“He was re­ally clear in what he wanted to im­prove. Also the con­sis­tency. He has told me off only one time this sea­son. He was clear in his idea-there is a real clar­ity about what he wants on the pitch. That helps me.”

Lukaku, who was strongly linked with a re­turn to for­mer club Chelsea dur­ing the close sea­son, said a call from Koe­man in the sum­mer had con­vinced him he had an im­por­tant role to play at the club.

“When the man­ager called me dur­ing the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship I told him how I felt,” the Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional said.

“I was sur­prised how hon­est he was with me. He was hon­est in the way that he wanted to work and how he wanted the team to play ... He saw me as an im­por­tant fig­ure and a big char­ac­ter.

“I told him I am not a guy that is go­ing to cause any prob­lems. I am a guy who has to be at 100 per­cent and that is what I am go­ing to do. He knew it straight away.”

Ever­ton, who are sixth in the league, face Chelsea at Stam­ford Bridge on Satur­day. — Reuters

STOKE: Swansea City’s Neil Tay­lor, top, and Stoke City’s Marko Ar­nau­tovic bat­tle for the ball dur­ing the English Premier League soc­cer match be­tween Stoke City and Swansea City at the Bet365 Sta­dium, Stoke, Eng­land, Mon­day. — AP

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