Everton boss Roberto Martinez has come out and stated Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is an ‘irreplaceable footballer’.
Lukaku has scored 10 goals in 20 league appearances for Everton and has helped the Merseysiders in their push for Champions League qualification.
And Martinez feels the Belgium striker has a similar influence for the club as Lionel Messi has for Barcelona.
The Everton boss was quoted on the Sky Sports website: “Lukaku is an irreplaceable footballer and that is a reality.
“Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world but when they have not got Messi, the team suffers.”