New Luk Helps Rom Get Serious
Striker focused on improving as landmark birthday approaches.
The new-look Romelu Lukaku says he won't have lost any magic powers by shedding his trademark dreadlocks - and instead pointed to his clean-cut appearance as a sign of the maturer performer he intends to become.
Striker Lukaku revealed a close-cropped trim before Everton's game at West Bromwich Albion on Monday night before helping the Blues record a 1-1 draw against his former club.
Seventeen goals in just 20 Premier League starts for the Baggies helped establish the Belgian as one of the Premier League's most feared frontmen last term, while the 6ft 3ins forward has netted nine in 18 appearances since joining the Toffees on loan in September.
Given such numbers, it's easy to forget Lukaku is still four months short of his 21st birthday.
However, the ambitious youngster says his revised style is evidence he is deadly serious about being the best he can be.
"It's not going to affect my game - I don't believe in that nonsense!" said Lukaku when probed about the loss of his locks. "I had them for seven years and it was time for a change. I'm growing, I'm maturing and I'm 21 in a few months, so it was time for a change.
"I had a great time, enjoyed my football last year and I hope I left some good memories to this club [West Brom]. Now I'm trying to do the same at Everton, but in a better way, because I want to improve and I want to become a better player year after year. That's my main goal."
As for the result itself, Lukaku made no efforts to hide his disappointment as Martinez's men missed the opportunity to leapfrog Liverpool and go fourth in the table.
Kevin Mirallas looked to have put the Toffees on course for a third straight win with an opener late in the first half but Diego Lugano levelled with 15 minutes remaining.
"We lost two points today, we have to be realistic," said Lukaku. "I thought in the first half, we dominated the game and in the second half we didn't control the game like we should have done. We have to learn from it and do better in the upcoming games."
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