Roberto Martinez must keep Romelu Lukaku motivated at Everton

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Romelu Lukaku. The 22-year-old Belgian behemoth stands at 6ft 3in tall and is a menace to play against.

He is one of those players opposing defenders are all wondering how to stop before the game.

But we have seen in the past that sometimes young Lukaku is disinterested and doesn't want to know. So why has he managed to put in two sublime performances in a row now, and suddenly looks unplayable?


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It's starting to become a little bit of a cliche in itself, but making sure there is competition within the squad to ensure the players stay interested has never been more relevant or important than in this instance.

When Lukaku moved on loan from Chelsea to Everton, he had the motivation to prove himself to a new set of fans and force himself into the starting eleven to play every week.

Lukaku is prone to the odd dip in form

He succeeded in that and more. So Everton stuck their proverbial neck out and signed him for £28 million.

And then when Lukaku arrived as an actual signing and member of the squad, at first he played well because he had that motivation to prove his worth. But then everything seemed to die down in the Premier League for him.

Why? Because he had already proved himself, and was a guaranteed first-team player, which meant he didn't have the extra aggression in his play, that extra mile to run or that extra chance to create or score.

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He started playing negatively and ran out of ideas - and was ousted by Christian Benteke for his national team, too.

Meanwhile in the Europa League, Lukaku was on fire. He was focusing all of his energy on that, as it was a stage he had not proven himself on before - and his Premier League form went missing.

Despite that, he has obvious quality and was still able to contribute 15 goals in 40 starts in England. But his European form of eight goals in seven starts was obviously considerably better.

Lukaku needs competition and people to impress

So why is he playing well now? It's because of healthy competition. Lukaku has found himself new motivation, other Everton strikers are staking a claim for a starting place.

Arouna Kone has been putting in some impressive performances recently, and topping that Steven Naismith with that hat-trick against Chelsea has also been playing very well.

So heads turned to Lukaku. What can you do? Do you have the ability to shine through when others are playing well? And when he finds himself that passion and drive to play, he scores goals, and the whole team plays better as a result.

His current goalscoring record is seven in 11 games. My question to Lukaku is: can you do it consistently now?

As long as Roberto Martinez can keep Lukaku motivated by finding him people to impress, the striker will remain a serious goalscoring threat in every game he plays.

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