Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has backed his teammate Romelu Lukaku to become the best player in the world, having opened the scoring in sensational style against West Brom at the weekend, giving Everton their first win of the new season, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
His goal against his former side was his first of the new campaign, having made his loan move to the Toffees permanent this summer for £28 million. While Chelsea were keen to sell, Howard is of the belief that Lukaku can go on to surpass all expectations and go on to become one of the best players in the world.
Howard partly credits the youngster’s attitude, saying that unlike many young stars, the Belgian international works incredibly hard to improve.
The American shot stopper said: “He wants to be the best footballer in the world, he really does.
“That’s what he thinks of himself. He gets his head down and he works, and we push him.
“He’s electric, he’s alive, he celebrates goals in training, everything counts to him. Everything matters. That’s what you want to see. There are too many young kids that take it for granted. Romelu doesn’t. He cost a lot of money but he is not arrogant, he is hungry.
“He was always going to go for a big fee, but he is not affected by that stuff. He is a kid, a kid who likes to play video games and play football, that’s it – even the video games are football.
“He is not going to get distracted. With guys of his talent, the sky is the limit.”
Everton kick off their Europa League campaign this Thursday against VFL Wolfsburg at Goodison Park. Boss Roberto Martinez is keen for the side to do well in the competition, having qualified for it by finishing fifth in the Premier League last season.