Belgium CT Roberto Martinez said Romelu Lukaku can thank Inter coach Antonio Conte for ‘becoming an entire player’.
The 27-year-old continues to impress with the Nerazzurri, contributing 17 goals in 22 Serie A games this term, taking his total tally to 57 in 81 competitive games since moving to Inter.
And Martinez believes the move from Manchester United to the Beneamata came at ‘the perfect moment’ for the previous Chelsea and Everton striker.
“He scores like few others,” Martinez told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Create and score, create and score, create and score…
“He arrived in Milan at the right moment. He became an entire player, obviously because of Conte.
“Today, at his age, there are not any striker as strong as him.”
Martinez explained the Belgium international ‘always had the potential’ to become a decisive player and said his achievements aren’t a fluke.
“In the past, Romelu always had the potential to be ready to do what he’s demonstrating in Milan,” he continued. “For me it’s not a surprise.
“For the primary time in history, a player scored in five consecutive derbies. It happened to Lukaku, it can’t be a coincidence.”