Lukaku: We need to be more ruthless

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Romelu Lukaku says that Everton can "definitely finish in the top four" if they can discover a more ruthless streak in the second half of the season.

The Belgian striker, who scored his ninth goal for the Blues in the 2-1 win over Southampton on Sunday, says that he and his teammates aren't surprised that they go into the New Year in a Champions League place. Indeed, he says that Everton should be regarded as outsiders for the title given how they have performed so far under Roberto Martinez.

"I don't think we are surprised by the way this season has gone, because we know we have quality," he says in the Daily Mail.

"When we are on the pitch, we work hard and run for each other and try to be ruthless. That last part, becoming more ruthless, is what we have to work on in the second half of the season.

"If we are more ruthless we will end definitely in the top four. Definitely. We have two losses and a lot of wins. In the games we drew we weren't ruthless enough, so if you change that and become more ruthless it becomes more wins, and then we are up there. I am not surprised we are top four contenders.

"In fact, you can say we are outsiders for the title now. You don't need to be shy about that. You have got to when you look at our points."

The on-loan striker believes that he made the right choice in opting to play for Everton this season rather than face an uncertain campaign at parent club, Chelsea.

"I knew from the first day I arrived on the training ground and trained with the team," he continues. "I called my agent and dad and said: 'We did something very good here.' There is not a lot of difference [between Everton and Chelsea] and that is why I think I made a good choice. I knew after that first training session, after seeing the quality in the squad.

"I didn't want to say anything to the players, but then I spoke to Phil Jagielka on the bus after the West Ham game, and said: 'This year we will do something special because you are all special players. And I am not saying this because I want to be friends with you guys, but I have trained with the best players, in my eyes, in the country, and I'm telling you, you are not far from it.'

"Phil just laughed, but I was very serious and now we are showing a lot of great performances. In the New Year we have to be consistent and work and work and change those draws into wins and then we will be up there."

Quotes or other material sourced from Daily Mail

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