Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has explained just how Romelu Lukaku has an elite mentality, discussing the player’s evolution and his past with Everton and West Brom.
The powerful striker has been gaining his due plaudits from fans and the media alike after his goalscoring form for his country at the World Cup.
The European nation will come up against tournament favourites Brazil in the quarter finals and a lot of that has to do with how Lukaku has played so far.
The former Chelsea man has scored four goals so far in the competition to put himself in contention for the Golden Boot award and Martinez believes it all comes down to his mentality.
United fans have been falling more and more in love with Romelu since he joined the club with there even being some calls for him to be named captain.
According to Manchester Evening News, Roberto said to Goal: “Rom is a player we know well because as a young man we saw his outstanding talent.
“His outstanding talent is the goalscoring ability that he has. When you see him at the age of 19 coming into the Premier League and making the impact he had with West Brom and seeing that slowly he was adapting to playing 90 minutes.
“He comes to Everton and you can see that mindset of a winner. Elite brain of wanting to become the best in his position. You see an evolution on the footballer.
“I think his decision of assisting that ball (against Japan) to someone who is in a better position speaks volumes of his maturity and his understanding of why we are here – to be a team, to help each other, to try to win games.”
Lukaku could potentially lead his nation to the finals but they have a difficult route to it should they make it past Brazil they would potentially have to face either France or Uruguay in the semi-finals.
However, having trailed Japan 2-0 in the second half of the round of 16 and still completing a comeback win, anything is possible for Belgium.