By Danny Wright
Nacer Chadli has heaped praise on Everton’s Romelu Lukaku after his goal earned Belgium a late point on Saturday.
Lukaku bagged an 89th minute goal to stop Greece, who ended the game with nine men, from taking all three points in Brussels in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.
The West Bromwich Albion ace has since said that Lukaku is the type of player that clubs can build a squad around after a series of talismanic performances for Everton and the Red Devils this season.
The 23-year-old has bagged 22 goals in all competitions for the Toffees this season and has been constantly linked with a move away from the club after refusing to sign a new deal at Goodison Park.
“He scores, and he scores a lot of goals – those goalscorers are precious, and clubs can build a team around them,” said Chadli, as quoted by the Mirror.
“He seems almost at the top of his game at the moment, you see him score almost every week for Everton.
“And then he comes away with Belgium and scores a crucial equaliser that helps his country try to get to the World Cup.
“He can do anything in this game for club and country, and he works incredibly hard on the pitch.”
Lukaku and Chadli are both central figures at their respective clubs and have spent a long time playing together on international duty for Belgium.
The Everton striker earned his 56th cap for his nation against Greece and also brought his goal tally up to 22.
If Lukaku failed to secure a point on Saturday, the Belgian national side would have been knocked off the top spot of Group H in the European qualifiers by their opponents.
They lead the way by two points in a group that also contains Bosnia, Cyprus, Estonia and Gibraltar.
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