Ex-Everton Forward Arouna Kone: “I Taught Inter’s Romelu Lukaku How To Hold Ball Up”

March 18, 2021 11:30
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Romelu Lukaku’s former Everton teammate Arouna Kone claims he was the one who taught the Belgian how to play with his body better.

Kone played with Lukaku for the Premier League side a few years ago and has revealed that while Lukaku was able to use his pace, he did not use his physique to his advantage at first.

The Ivorian now plays for Sivasspor in Turkey but looked back on the pair’s time together on Wednesday.

“For a long time at Everton I played with Lukaku,” Kone explained as part of an interview with Belgian news outlet Voetbal International.

“He was able to run and dribble fast for his stature from the start, but strangely he wasn’t very good at holding up the ball well.

“I regularly showed him how to use his body correctly.

“Lukaku was just a student and wanted to learn from experienced players.”

Kone also recalled another anecdote from his time playing alongside the Belgian national team player, who has been scoring goals for Inter since the summer of 2019.

“We were playing against Leicester City, who had a big bear in Wes Morgan in defence,” he explained.

“I was talking to Lukaku before the game and said to him: ‘This is going to be a tough game for us against Morgan, it’s impossible to get past him.’

“Lukaku looked at me and said: ‘Be careful.’

“He was phenomenal in that match.

“He finally sprinted with Morgan, they collided, Morgan fell to the ground as he took off with the ball and scored and from that point on I understood that Lukaku was a player who would lead the way.”

This season at Inter, Lukaku has made 34 appearances across all competitions to date, in which he has scored 25 goals and provided a total of seven assists for his teammates.

By Cammy Anderson

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