Redknapp: Everton leading light must take a leaf from book of Premier League bully
By Alex Stevens
Jamie Redknapp has urged Romelu Lukaku to model himself on Chelsea spearhead Diego Costa and “bully” defenders.
The TV pundit was critical of the Everton centre-forward even though he scored two goals in their 3-2 defeat to Watford on Saturday.
It lifted Lukaku’s Premier League tally for the season to nine goals, which have been supplemented by three assists, and leave him trailing only Costa (12), Sergio Aguero (11) and Alexis Sanchez (10) in the goal stakes.
But Redknapp has been left frustrated by the disparity in some of the performances of Lukaku, who was targeted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs during the summer.
Chelsea were keen to prise him from Goodison Park as a rival and eventual replacement for Costa, and former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp says the Belgian should pay close attention to the performances of the in-form Stamford Bridge front man and take a leaf from his book.
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“I look at Romelu Lukaku and struggle to put a value on him,” Redknapp wrote in the Mail. “There are times when he plays like a £60million centre forward and others when I would not pay £10m for him.
“Lukaku may have scored twice in the defeat by Watford on Saturday but the Belgian didn’t have to work hard for those goals. There is so much more he could bring to Ronald Koeman’s Everton side.
“I remember an interview with Thierry Henry in which Lukaku said how much he loves to study the likes of Lionel Messi. He should be modelling himself on Diego Costa. Lukaku is a battering ram of a forward who needs to be more aggressive and bully defenders.”
Lukaku joined Everton initially on loan from Chelsea in the summer of 2013 before completing a permanent £28million transfer 12 months later.
The Belgium international has an excellent record for the Merseyside club, scoring 70 goals and supplying 26 assists in 142 matches in all competitions.