Roberto Martinez heaped praise on Romelu Lukaku calling him a 'complete striker', after the 21-year-old scored in Everton’s 2-0 win against German side Wolfsburg, who had two goals disallowed for offside.
The Toffees victory over the German opposition seals the top position in Group H in the Europa League for Roberto Martinez's team.
Lukaku’s goal in the 43rd minute and Kevin Mirallas’s good finish [in 75th minute] gave Everton the win and the Toffees boss Martinez hailed the former Chelsea striker Lukaku for his good performance.
“Romelu has gone about his business on the quiet and I think we [Everton] have done that too,” Martinez told ITV.
“After the World Cup it was always going to be a difficult period for him to get to his physical level. He is so significant and important to the way we want to play.
"You don’t get many strikers who have the versatility and flexibility that he has. He can be strong and powerful with his back to play, but then when he has the ball at his feet he has a really special ball control and a clinical finish. He is a complete striker.”
Also Martinez hailed his side's defensive performance, drawing attention to Tim Howard's display after the 35-year-old made crucial saves in the match to keep a clean sheet.
“We knew that the way we wanted to approach the game was that we were going to have to defend well,” Martinez added.
“You know you are going to be under periods of real pressure, but I felt we defended really, really well.
“As a team we always carried a really strong threat. It shows you that we had a really important threat in our counter-attack.
“On our defensive duties we had to work hard and frustrate Wolfsburg. They had their chances but Tim Howard was at a magnificent level and everybody in the back four showed magnificent levels of concentration and great intensity."