Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku has made a fair impression with the national team after making a move to Inter from Manchester United in August.
Roberto Martinez, currently in charge of Belgium, has admitted that he has never seen the striker so happy and focused before. Martinez also feels Lukaku could be leading the way for his club and country if he continues to impress.
Lukaku, who made a switch from England to Italy in the summer transfer window, has become the Serie A club’s most expensive signing ever.
The 26-year-old made an instant impact for Antonio Conte’s side as he netted two in his first two games for his new club after spending two years at Old Trafford.
Speaking ahead of Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Scotland in Glasgow, Martinez told the reporters:
“This is the first time I have seen him free and happy. Going back to many camps I have not seen Rom so focused, so happy, so refreshed by the new challenge.
“I think he is now ready to face one of the biggest footballing chapters in his career with the Inter Milan move. And he is very driven to be as good as he can for the national team, so I have been very impressed with his happiness and the way he is looking forward to the football ahead.”
Lukaku did not feature and was on the bench in Belgium’s 4-0 win over San Marino in which Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi got the chance and scored twice for the 2018 World Cup semi-finalists. Dries Mertens and Nacer Chadli were the other scorers.
Belgium currently are on top of Group I for Euro 2020 qualifying having won all five of their games to date. Martinez’s side has scored 15 goals in their 5 matches having conceded just one against Russia.