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Romelu Lukaku | Forward

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/13/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists that Romelu Lukaku will be fit for the big kick-off next weekend, despite leaving the pitch holding his left leg in a friendly this week…
The one thing that Roberto Martinez doesn’t need at the moment is an injury to Romelu Lukaku. With the futures of center-back John Stones and midfielders Kevin Mirallas and James McCarthy still in the balance, plus no much of adding to his squad before next weekend. You could forgive him for wanting to wrap Lukaku in cotton wool until moments before kick-off against Watford next weekend. Everton need to start well and that means Romelu Lukaku firing on all cylinders, so seeing him leaving the pitch clutching his hamstring after just 30 minutes of the match v Dundee doesn’t bode well. But Martinez insists that it is merely a bit of muscle fatigue and he fit be fit. Although he won’t take part in the Duncan Ferguson testimonial… Aug 2 - 8:04 AM


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Everton won their preseason match against Dundee United 0-2, but the big news is that Romelu Lukaku had to be removed with a hamstring strain.

There is a hamstring virus going around the Toffees right now, as Steven Pienaar and Gerard Deulofeu are both set to start the season in the physio room with hamstring strains of their own. We will need to wait on the scan results to get an idea of the severity for Lukaku but one has to put the young Belgian's Week 1 availability in doubt. Roberto Martinez called his removal a precaution but the scan will tell the story. Should he not be ready, Steven Naismith and Arouna Kone present options for Martinez. On a positive note from today's match, Ross Barkley scored along with Conor McAleny.
Source: Daily Mail
Jul 28 - 7:31 PM

Romelu Lukaku scored a hat trick to account for all of Everton's goals as they defeated Scottish club Hearts 1-3.

Lukaku and Everton both had their struggles last season and much still rests on their young striker this time around. While the three goal day will certainly see spike in interest heading toward Week 1, bear in mind that two came from the spot, one for handball and one for a foul on Kevin Mirallas, so only the 10-yard strike in between pens can be looked at as a result of his doing. What bodes well for him is that he converted both and may have locked up duties for the season which only helps his value. The Toffees would do well to make it clear who is on spot kicks after the Baines-Mirallas fiasco last season.
Jul 26 - 7:29 PM

Louis Van Gaal has targeted Everton striker Romelu Lukaku as the man to lead the Man United attack – if they can’t get Mario Mandzukic…

Belgian hitman Lukaku has had a quiet summer regarding transfer speculation after being the name on most people’s lips for the previous two. He cost Everton £28 million from Chelsea, after a promising season on loan, scoring 15 goals in his 31 matches. That was two goals less than the season before on loan at West Brom and last season was less productive still (just ten in 36 matches). Perhaps that’s why the deal is dependent on United failing to prize Mario Mandzukic away from Atletico Madrid. Everton will not want to see another big hitter exit towards Manchester though. Fellaini and Rooney have previously done it, with the less than spectacular Darron Gibson, Phil Neville and Tom Cleverley making the opposite journey. And with Lukaku Everton’s only established striker – Kone is yet to make an impression and Naismith is not an out-and-out attacker – his absence would leave a gaping hole that could prove tricky to fill.
Source: The Sun
Jun 18 - 5:00 AM

Romelu Lukaku scored a stoppage time winner as Everton came back to win 2-1 against West Ham United.

West Ham took the lead in the 62nd minute but that only lasted for a little as Leon Osman equalized just minutes later. The game was headed towards a 1-1 draw but Romelu Lukaku had other plans as he scored in stoppage time to win it for Everton. The result has no direct impact on any of the important races as neither team is involved in the relegation nor European races. The teams are now tied for 10th with 47 points each.
Source: Sky Sports
May 16 - 12:40 PM

Romelu Lukaku was ineffective in Everton's 0-2 loss to Sunderland this last weekend.

Sunderland stole three points from Everton in what was a summary of Everton's season. Lukaku and company have been one of the most inconsistent squads this season and have flashed brilliance one week and complete incompetence the next. This past week was quite possibly their worst performance of the season and none of their players reached double digit fantasy points. Be weary of all Everton players for the rest of the season.
May 12 - 7:29 PM

Romelu Lukaku converted a penalty to get Everton back into the match but he and the Toffees were outdone by the heroics of Christian Benteke in a 3-2 final at Villa Park.

It was the battle of the Belgian strikers as Lukaku and Benteke squared off but it was the Villan who showed up at the opening whistle. Lukaku looked out of the game in the first half but changed his tune in the second and Everton would eventually break through when Steven Naismith was tripped up by Ron Vlaar in the area, awarding the Toffees a penalty. Lukaku took a deliberate yet accurate shot and found the back of the net. Villa regained a two goal advantage shortly thereafter but Everton made things interesting late when Phil Jagielka headed home a goal by way of a rebound off of a...Phil Jagielka header. It was a blooper reel goal for sure.
Source: NBC Sports
May 2 - 12:09 PM

Everton have been playing much better in recent weeks and have several fantasy weapons with plenty of upside at a very reasonable price.

Romelu Lukaku (£ 8.48M), Kevin Mirallas (£ 7.84M), Aaron Lennon (£ 7.45M) and Ross Barkley (£ 7.27M) have all been fantasy relevant in the past and it stands to reason that at least a couple of them will produce significant value in relation to the price. This weekend may not look too convincing with Manchester United as their opponent, but matches against Aston Villa, Sunderland and West Ham immediately thereafter should entice investment.

Roberto Martinez has stated that Romelu Lukaku should be available for Everton as they host Burnley this weekend, assuming the striker has no setbacks between now and match day.

It would be nice to get a firm green light without the caveat from Martinez but it is positive news nonetheless. A fit Lukaku looks like one of the stronger forward options in this shortened gameweek but proceed at your own risk. If Martinez has any hesitation tomorrow, he can turn to Arouna Kone to lead the line and Steven Naismith can play up top as well. Still, it may be a move worth risking for those looking for a boom or bust play at this stage of the season.
Apr 17 - 10:08 AM

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is in line to return to action this Saturday when the Toffees travel to Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City.

The Belgian has been out of action since injuring a hamstring in the match against QPR. Since, he has missed the international break as well as Saturday's win over Southampton. According to Roberto Martinez, Lukaku has has a couple of positive sessions but has yet to mix in with the rest of the group. Anticipate an update on his status as the week progresses. Getting a positive result at Swansea isn't an easy task but his presence would surely help.
Apr 7 - 11:01 AM

Roberto Martinez is hopeful the muscular problem suffered by Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku is fatigue related pain due to the amount of games played recently rather than something more sinister.

Everton travelled to Loftus Road on the back of a hugely disappointing result on Thursday in the Europa League knowing that only a win would suffice after a disappointing campaign and the Toffees were able to secure another three points but it did come at a cost. Romelu Lukaku limped off midway through the second half – hamstring – while strike partner Arouna Kone was also forced onto the sidelines after jarring his knee in a strong challenge and he is the player which concerns Martinez most "we are a little more worried." The pair will have a scan over the next 24 hours to determine the extent of the injuries but with a break in proceedings Everton have almost two weeks before GW31.
Mar 23 - 10:18 AM

Everton got a much needed win at home against Newcastle United as Romelu Lukaku would played a part in two goals of a 3-0 win.

Several changes to the XI since their last league game, with Leighton Baines returning and Arouna Kone given a rare start, but what may have been the biggest factor in their win was a lifeless opponent. The Toffees took the lead in the 20th minute when Lukaku held the ball up during a counter attack, then laid it off to a surging James McCarthy who fired from outside the box. Tim Krul should have stopped it but it got through as McCarthy grabbed his first goal of the season. Then, in the second half, the wheels really came off for Newcastle. Near the hour mark, Yohan Gouffran tripped Aaron Lennon in the area to give Everton a penalty kick. Lukaku converted easily. Then a few moments later, Fabricio Coloccini was sent off. Everton coasted to the finish line, adding a third goal by Ross Barkley in the final seconds. With QPR next up, Everton investment suddenly looks appealing.

Romelu Lukaku came off early in the second half of Everton's Europa League win on Thursday but should be fine for the weekend according to manager Roberto Martinez.

Martinez, speaking ahead of Everton's match with Arsenal on Sunday, indicated that Lukaku is "fine" and "trained well" on Friday. Everton, the only Premier League side to make it through the mid-week European matches successfully, will look to replicate the success they had against Arsenal earlier in the season. While they still likely regret giving away their two-goal lead late, they played well and managed a point against the Gunners at Goodison Park.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 27 - 1:27 PM

Romelu Lukaku had a goal and an assist in the Toffees' 2-2 draw but it could, and should have been more.

The Belgian hit man had a number of excellent chances on the day and the fact that Everton could only manage a 2-2 home draw with the bottom team in the league underscores their plight this season. Things just aren't quick clicking for the Toffees under Roberto Martinez. Lukaku should have seen them through to three needed points given all of his chances but instead mistakes from Tim Howard and missed opportunities mean that Everton still aren't entirely clear of a relegation battle.
Feb 22 - 11:47 AM

Romelu Lukaku scored the lone goal in Everton's 1-0 over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Lukaku got on the scoresheet in the second minute of play when a cross from Steven Naismith ricocheted of a couple people and into the back of the net. Lukaku didn't know much about it, but they got the win and that's all that matters. The Belgian forward ends an eight game goalless drought, boosting his total to seven on the year. He averaged 16 goals over the last two season so he'll need to stay in form going forward if he hopes to match that by the end of the year.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 12:45 PM