Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed that Ronald Koeman was influential in keeping him at the club over the summer.
The Belgium international was rumoured to be on his way out of Goodison Park over the summer with former club Chelsea reportedly keen.
The 23-year-old netted 25 goals in all competitions last term and was the Toffees’ top scorer, although he felt he was held back by former boss Roberto Martinez.
However, following the appointment of Koeman over the summer he opted to stay put and feels the Dutchman can help steer him in the right direction.
Lukaku said: “I’m young, and there are aspects of my game I need to improve. He worked with me on that from day one and I was convinced he was a man that can have a big influence on my future.
“I know that if I don’t do what he wants me to on the pitch, I can go on the bench straight away. He keeps me very sharp and focused in the training sessions and throughout the games, which is going to help me.”
Punters using their free bet may fancy backing Everton to continue their fine start to the season on Friday when they host Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.