Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he and his teammates have asked Roberto Martinez to “play more direct”
Earlier the week, club icon Andy Gray was highly critical of Roberto Martinez’ playing style, explaining “If I was Romelu Lukaku I would seriously be knocking on the gaffer’s door and saying ‘Seriously, is any chance of me getting in the game more often because I never see the football’?”.
Lukaku: “The players were asking about going more direct. I asked them, and we all said to the manager: ‘Can we play a bit more direct sometimes?’ We have a style of play where we keep the ball a lot, but knew we needed to take more responsibility, play to my strengths more, and they did it perfectly.
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“We mixed up how we played a bit more, at times we were a bit more direct. For me that makes it easier, because when I am one v one, running on a defender, that gives me a better chance.”
“After two games on the bench I knew it was time to react,” he said. “I wanted to show the manager how he can count on me. I wanted to show it was just a temporary thing, and now I am ready to move on and push myself to the limit. I want to win silverware, I want to end up as high as we can in the league and we have five months to do that. I just want to play my best football now.”
“The manager said I can go on a run of goals now and I’ll be doing my best to do that. I want to play to the maximum and show he can rely on me.”