Everton's Romelu Lukaku grateful to Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry

Romelu Lukaku has told SFR Sport that "demanding" Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry has helped him make an excellent start to the Premier League season.

Lukaku, 23, has netted seven goals and provided three assists in 10 top-flight matches for Everton so far, putting him third in the Premier League goal-scoring charts behind only Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero.

Henry, 39, joined the coaching staff of newly appointed Belgium coach Roberto Martinez last summer, and Lukaku, who is in the Belgium squad for Wednesday's friendly with the Netherlands and Sunday's 2018 World Cup qualifier with Estonia, praised the Arsenal and France legend.

"It's not easy with him, he's very demanding. I hadn't experienced that before. Even when I make a good pass, if the ball bobbles a little bit, he pulls me up on it," Lukaku said.

"I think he sees in me characteristics he also had when he was younger. That's why he's so intransigent with me. Thanks to him, I'm more intelligent in my movement, and so I'm caught offside less.

"He's also teaching me things about finishing, controlling the ball and how I see the game. Back in the day, he made 10 assists a season, I'd like to emulate him."