By Alex Stevens
Jamie Redknapp has claimed he “loves” how Romelu Lukaku is playing with such swagger under Ronald Koeman at Everton.
The Belgian striker showed further proof of his clinical touch with a four-goal haul on Saturday as Everton secured a remarkable 6-3 win over Bournemouth at Goodison Park.
It lifted Lukaku’s tally for the Premier League campaign to 16, placing him above closest rivals Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
High profile TV and newspaper pundit Redknapp is convinced that Lukaka has become an even bigger threat under Koeman than previous manager Roberto Martinez, and explained why he is now responding calls to be more aggressive against defenders.
“Earlier in the season I argued that Romelu Lukaku needed to be more aggressive and bully defenders — and that is exactly what he did against Bournemouth,” said Redknapp in his weekly Mail column.
“His four-goal blitz means he has seven in his last five games, having scored just three in his previous nine. Despite not playing for a top-four side, Lukaku is always in the running for the golden boot.
“He can be a frustrating player to watch but I love the way he is playing with such arrogance under Ronald Koeman.
“It is little wonder that Lukaku’s excellent form has coincided with Everton’s recent revival.”
Lukaku has now scored 17 goals and supplied five assists from 25 matches in all competitions this season and is on course to surpass his 25-goal haul of 2015-16.
Since joining Everton from Chelsea in the summer of 2013, initially on a season-long loan, Lukaku has now scored 78 goals in 152 matches at a ratio of more than a goal every two games.
Meanwhile, Everton’s recent improvement, incorporating a seven-match unbeaten run in the league, has helped the team to consolidate their position of seventh in the league table, and now they are just seven points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal.