Everton’s Romelu Lukaku warns defenders to ‘get out of the way’

The Belgium striker, in his third season at Goodison, feels the team are beginning to play to his strengths and says: ‘If I get the ball and start running, you’ll be on the floor’

Half an hour flies by in Romelu Lukaku’s captivating company. The Everton striker pauses to consider only one answer and that is when asked whether he genuinely believes he can be superior to Sergio Agüero, whose potent ability he can measure up close at Goodison Park on Sunday. “Yes,” he eventually replies with index fingers on chin and a slow nod of the head. “Yes.”

Lukaku’s admission may read as arrogance. So, too, the assertion he can dominate the impending physical battle against Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Mangala in a manner Diego Costa furiously failed to do for Lukaku’s former club Chelsea last Sunday. “I am taller than them, I am bigger than them so I am not scared. I know if we use my pace and I win the physical battles I will have a good game,” he says. Yet there is little trace of arrogance in the 22-year-old.

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