Everton striker Romelu Lukaku continued his scoring form for the Toffees with the second goal in a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough on Tuesday night. The Belgian international steered in a Gerard Deulofeu cross to double Everton’s lead in the Capital One Cup quarter-final, and now finds himself among European most prolific strikers based on his recent run in front of goal.
Proving Mourinho wrong
Axed by boyhood-supporters club Chelsea without scoring a single Premier League goal, Lukaku has put his past heartache behind him to prove his former employers wrong. The 22-year-old has surpassed 50 goals in the English top-flight, and finds himself second in the scoring charts this season with 10 goals in 14 games. His 23rd birthday isn’t until May either.
Lukaku has hit double figures for Premier League goals in each of his last four seasons. He scored 17 on loan for West Bromwich Albion (2012/13), 15 on loan for Everton (2013/14), 10 after signing for Everton (2014/15), and now has 10 for the Blues this campaign. There’s still many games to go which suggests he should deliver his best return for goals in his career, and he’s brilliantly sticking it to Chelsea.
Attracting the attention of top European sides
The Belgian striker looks more polished for Everton in 2015/16, having improved his heading ability and finishing from close range. His superior strength and pace sees him as a defender’s nightmare, and now he’s full of confidence he’s tucking away every chance coming his way. It’s frightening to think how young he is and how many goals he already has under his belt.
Everton supporters will be worrying about his long-term future, as Lukaku will attract the attentions of a host of clubs following his brilliant form this season, but he’s tied down with the Toffees for a number of years at least. Manager Roberto Martinez has transformed the striker and sees him as crucial to their pursuit for silverware and European football, but Lukaku isn’t putting a ceiling on his ambitions.
He hired an aggressive and renowned agent in Mino Raiola to boost his cache in the game, and it’s clear the young forward wants to play for a top European side in the future. His scoring record in the Premier League sees him as one of the best young strikers in the continent, so it’s hard to see many sides overlooking his services if they catch wind of any availability.
Everton should enjoy Romelu Lukaku while he lasts, as one of Europe’s top young strikers is surely destined to join one of Europe’s top clubs in the future?