Chelsea loan star backed to shine at Everton

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez has backed on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku to score the goals this will fire the Toffees up the table.

Martinez is yet to record his first win as Everton manager after three draws in each of their Premier League games so far, while they've drawn blanks in their last two games against West Brom and Cardiff.

The Spaniard has conceded that they have lacked a spark up front, but has faith that Lukaku, who joined the Merseyside club in a deadline day move from Chelsea, will be able to get them firing.

"I think it’s fair to say that our opening three performances in the league have been really, really good, but all they have been lacking is that goal, the ball hitting the back of the net," Martinez told the Liverpool Echo.

"The fans realise that and when you see a player arrive who is capable of doing that it excites you.

"He could be that little piece which completes the puzzle.

Lukaku scored 17 Premier League goals while on loan at West Brom last season, and was expected to play a key role for Chelsea under Jose Mourinho before he was shipped out on loan.

"I think Romelu is a powerful, powerful centre-forward but the good thing about him is that technically he brings a real understanding of how to hold the ball up and allow the team to play high up the pitch,” the former Wigan boss continued.

"He’s got a bit of everything and it would be very unfair just to call him an old fashioned target man.

"He’s a bit more than that. His finishing is clinical, he can see a pass, he is composed in the last third but he has power and the strength to get you up the pitch and he can help you counter as well.

"He is an all-round footballer and it would be very unfair to label him a typical number nine."
As part of the loan agreement, the 20-year-old will be ineligible to face Chelsea in Everton's home clash with the Blues, but he should feature away at West Ham a week later.

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