Featured Striker Of The Week – Romelu Lukaku

The Anderlecht youth rank player had an impressive loan spell with Everton last season, bagging in vital goals consistently. His remarkable form made manager Roberto Martinez wasting no time to advance his deal to permanent basis. The question was will Jose Mourinho trade his star player who has lots of potential to another premier league rival. In addition, the Blues struggled upfront last season with both Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o performing dreadfully. The truth, Lukaku who has scored seven goals in 34 appearances for his nation, could have helped Chelsea clinch the Premier League Crown last season if he was a part of their squad.

Surprisingly Jose Mourinho decided to set free the Belgian and the Toffees immediately splashed out 28 million pounds for the service of the powerhouse striker. Everton fans were very much delighted to witness Lukaku settling on a stable move as his former club went back for Didier Drogba as well as new signing Loic Remy to fill his place on bench. Shockingly, Romelu Lukaku was initially taunted to replace the Ivory Coast legend at Chelsea. Conversely, the former Real Madrid boss mentioned Lukaku isn’t ready to fight for place which got the Belgian hitting back at Mourinho stating he does not trust young kids. Comprising great physical presence, desire to challenge for the ball and towering aerial advantage has rated him as one of the best finishers in the league. Defenders face tough time guarding the post against Lukaku due to his strength and spirit to hold on to the ball, thus he easily wins his side a penalty or a free-kick.

However, things did not turn up smoothly for the big man at the beginning of the season. When high expectations are set on you, it triggers some sort of discomfort with the pressure of delivering results. It was Lukaku’s strike partner Steven Naismith who started finding the back of the net and is currently their joint top scorer. Lukaku was not close to his old beast mode. Roberto Martinez knew the 21-year old only need a matter of time to get his scoring boots on and goals will be flocking in regularly. Gradually, the former Chelsea striker started bagging in goals. He has found the back of the net continuously in his last two matches, moreover the return of gifted midfielder Ross Barkley who provide extra attacking dimension for the Toffees which will directly help Romelu Lukaku.

Last weekend, the 6 feet tall striker added his name to the score sheet alongside new signing Samuel Eto’s brace. The Belgian is now gearing up to retain his previous goal machine form that made Everton a dominant force in the league last season. Slowly yet surely, Lukaku will even surpass last season’s goal tally. Being a sure starter, the energetic forward who comprise great finishing and aerial ability will be contending vigorously in the top scorer chart. A strong nominee for your dream team strike force!

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