The striker gave an insightful interview to evertonTV before departing for his summer holidays earlier in the month, and revealed the differences between being a permanent addition to a first team squad and being a season long loanee, before revealing that he had other issues on his mind during a below-par World Cup on a personal level.
“It’s a different context, to be fair. When you’re a loan player, and you score goals, everyone points the finger at Chelsea saying ‘Why did you let him leave?’ the 22 year old divulged.
“Then when I come here, I didn’t score goals, and people were like ‘Why did you come here?’ so it’s totally different.
“Throughout the World Cup, my dad was in hospital with a serious illness, so when I was at the World Cup in Brazil I wasn’t even focussed on football.
“I spent ten days in hospital (in Belgium) and then home, hospital and home. And then the bid from Everton came in, and my dad just said ‘Go.'”
The Belgian also credits Roberto Martinez for helping him rediscover his form from the turn of the year – form that resulted in him becoming the first Everton player since Yakubu, in the 2007/08 season, to score 20 goals in a season for the Blues.
“He left me out in December for a couple of games and I think that was a wake up call. I had to look at myself in the mirror and say ‘Come on, Rom, you’re not playing well. You have to be serious with yourself, and work harder’,” Lukaku continued.
“I had to give more effort, and push myself… It’s something you have to learn as a young player that when things are not going well, you have to push yourself and work hard, and know that the team is the most important thing.!