Which Bayern player’s game has Lukaku been studying?
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed he has been watching and studying the game of Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Belgian international has had something of a slow start to the season at Goodison Park, failing to live up to the high expectations he set during his time on loan at the club last year, prior to his permanent move for a fee of £28m from Chelsea this summer.
Regarded as one of the best young players in Europe, Lukaku has been in the spotlight since he was a 16-year-old making his first-team breakthrough at Anderlecht, and he has now explained how he is watching other players to help improve his own game.
One of them is Muller, whose runs in behind the defence have already helped him be a bit more patient on the pitch when searching for a goal.
“In Belgium, you grow up watching all the leagues – Germany, France, Spain, Italy, England – and I watch them all,” he said.
“I remember watching Bayern Munich v Man City last year and Muller was always running in behind, running in behind. He never got the ball four times. But the fifth time he did it – goal.
“I tried that in a game and the third time I did, I got it and scored.”
Lukaku has also revealed he is taking inspiration from working alongside one of the game’s greats, summer signing Samuel Eto’o, who has had a glittering career with the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea.
“I’m picking up lots from him and he has a tremendous football knowledge,” he said. “He doesn’t give me a yard. When I go to do finishing, he follows me across and says ‘It’s you against me again’.
“He hates to lose and I hate to lose so when we are on the same team in the small-sided games, we never lose.”
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