Romelu Lukaku believes Everton will finish in the top four – providing they become more ruthless.

"I think we are showing great consistency in our performances and mentally we are very strong," said the striker. "But becoming more ruthless is what we have to work on in the second half of the season. If we are more ruthless then we will definitely end up in the top four.

"In the games we drew we weren't ruthless enough, so if you change that and become more ruthless then it becomes more wins, less draws and you are up there, definitely."

Lukaku feels confident that more steeliness will be forthcoming under Roberto Martínez. "At the start of the season we were building," he said. "Firstly, on the defence and then the midfield, and now that is all set up very well and we are working on the offensive set up. Sooner or later it will show.

The Chelsea loanee says he is pleased he took the chance to play at Everton. "I knew from the first day that I arrived on the training ground. I called my agent and dad and I said: 'We did something very good.' Because the quality is here. Chelsea were top but Everton are getting there. There is not a lot of difference and that is why I think I made a good choice. I am still at a high level and that is good for my development as a young player."