Romelu Lukaku rewards Ronald Koeman’s direction with starring role

The Belgium striker has equalled his best start to a season with seven league goals following heart to heart with Everton’s new manager

One of Ronald Koeman’s first acts as the Everton manager in June was the calculated risk of a phone call to Romelu Lukaku. You’re going nowhere, was the gist of the conversation with the striker with undisguised ambitions of Champions League football. Koeman got his calculations correct.

Lukaku’s latest goal, against West Ham United on Sunday, brought up his half-century for Everton in the Premier League and underscored his importance to Koeman’s ambitions at Goodison Park. The 23-year-old has scored seven and assisted three of Everton’s 15 league goals this season, equalling his best start to a Premier League campaign after 10 games, and credits clear direction from the new manager with an all-round improvement to his game.

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