Attacking duo have quickly established a natural understanding in the final third
The attacking duo have quickly established a natural understanding in the final third which has helped the Blues forward efforts shine.
And Martinez hopes the Belgium international continues to lift his team-mates, especially as he seeks to get one over international colleague Christian Benteke against Aston Villa tomorrow.
He said: “Romelu can inspire people in the squad and because Ross is such a hungry boy he’s taken advantage of that influence.
“They are both young men with incredible appetites for the game. Scoring 17 goals in this league (for West Brom last term) is not an easy feat and when Romelu walked through the door he lifted everyone and he started working in the way he did it made him even more well respected.
“If you look at the goals he’s scored and chances he’s created so far it shows how his decision making is good. His link-up play is as good as his final touch in the box.”
Lukaku and Benteke are in equally prolific form for their respective clubs, but Martinez believes it is folly to compare them based solely on their similar physical prowess.
“Rom and Benteke are different,” he said.
“They are so different they can play in the same team, even if they can both lead the line. It’s pointless to answer the question of who is better - even if there’s only one winner for me.
“Benteke had an incredible influence for them last season and has started the season in a similar way. For me Romelu is an incredible character and to know the human being inside the footballer makes you realise why he’ll be successful.
“There’s no chance he won’t fulfil his potential.”
Martinez admits Belgium boss Marc Wilmots is in a fortunate position to be able to call upon both strikers.
“I’ve said before that as a squad Belgium have got nothing to fear from Spain and Germany,” he said.
“They might have more experience but Belgium have more options per position.
“They’ve got as good a squad as anyone and have been developing players over the years, so the task is to overcome the winning mentality that Spain and Germany have.
“They have a better squad than Brazil, and a sign of that is having two number nines with the quality of Benteke and Lukaku. The future is healthy for them.”