By Alex Stevens

Ronald Koeman has heaped praise on Romelu Lukaku, claiming he’s one of the best strikers he has seen “as a player and as a manager”.

Lukaku has started the season strongly, scoring seven goals in ten league games, following a summer of speculation that saw him heavily linked with Chelsea.

Koeman persuaded the Belgium international to stay at Goodison Park and has now revealed how highly he thinks of the 23-year-old.

Talking to Belgian outlet HLN.be, Koeman said of Lukaku, “He’s one of the best finishers that I have seen in my career. As a player and as a manager.”

That puts the striker in elite company. Koeman played for Ajax, PSV, Barcelona and Feyenoord in a glittering career that also saw him play for the Netherlands over a 12-year period.

Koeman won eight top-flight titles and was part of the Netherlands team that won Euro 1988, where he played alongside top forwards Ruud Gullit and Marco Van Basten.

Koeman also played with Dennis Bergkamp on the international stage.

However, in a warning shot, Koeman also said that Lukaku might not stay at Everton in the long-term and claimed his destiny is on a bigger stage.

“If Romelu stayed with Everton until the end of his career, I know he has missed something,” Koeman said. “His potential is greater and higher than having Everton as his final destination. ”

Lukaku will be looking for his 21st international goal on Wednesday night as Belgium take on Koeman’s home country the Netherlands in a friendly.

Everton’s next game in the Premier League is against Swansea on November 19.

In other Everton news, fans have reacted angrily to Roy Keane’s comments claiming the team doesn’t look after its players.