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Romelu Lukaku | Forward | #20

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/13/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 220

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The speculation is that Romelu Lukaku has unfinished business at Chelsea and will push for a move from Goodison Park to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Mysterious "sources close to the player" have indicated to ESPN FC that Lukaku favors a move to Chelsea despite interest from a number of clubs that will be playing in the Champions League and Europa League next season. Manchester United have been linked in the Premier League as well as other high-profile clubs around Europe. The arrival of Lukaku would present an interesting situation for Antonio Conte as Lukaku's fee would surely mean he'd be hard to keep on the bench in favor of the current number one. Hard to see Costa as a happy camper playing anything other than a full-time starter's role. May 24 - 3:19 PM

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Romelu Lukaku's father has taken to the media to indicate that the Belgium international will soon be on the move from Everton.

It is hardly news that Lukaku will leave Everton for a huge pile of cash this summer but the timing indicated by Lukaku's father is a new wrinkle in the budding transfer saga. With clubs all over Europe, including his former club Chelsea and Champions League semi-finalists Bayern Munich, interested, Lukaku's agent, Mino Raiola is apparently set to have a deal done before Belgium begin play in Euro2016 on June 13th.
May 18 - 9:48 AM

Everton hardly showed up in a 3-0 loss at the Stadium of Light in a match that meant so much Sunderland's race for survival.

The win ensured Sunderland's survival at the expense of Newcastle and Norwich City, who will be relegated at the end of the season. While the focus was mostly on the Black Cats, Everton has only continued to languish during the stretch run. The Toffees have only won one of their last 10 Premier League matches, being outscored 11-3 in the last four league matches. Romelu Lukaku came closest against Sunderland on Wednesday, hitting the crossbar with a wide open chance in stoppage time to lengthen his scoring drought to eight Premier League matches.
Source: NBC Sports
May 11 - 5:39 PM

Everton is sweating the fitness of Romelu Lukaku this weekend after picking up a minor groin pull in Wednesday's 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.

Manager Roberto Martinez said Lukaku still has a chance to be available to face Southampton this weekend despite the quick turnaround: "Romelu has been carrying a bit of a problem and we’ll assess him today to see if he can make the squad. It was against Palace - he stretched for the ball and felt his groin slightly. He didn't train yesterday, but we're hoping he can today." Starting with Wednesday's draw, Everton have to play four games over the course of two weeks, including the FA Cup semifinal next weekend, meaning Lukaku could be given a rest at some point during the double gameweek with Arouna Kone and Oumar Niasse available to fill in.
Apr 15 - 1:25 PM

Everton fans have reason to be worried after Romelu Lukaku said he is ready to make the move to a Champions League-eligible club.

Said Lukaku: "That is the next step for me. I’m 23 next summer and I think it would be nice to play in the Champions League from next season." The 22-year-old has scored 18 Premier League goals this season in his best season to date, starting in all 31 of the club's league matches. However, rumours have been circling for months now that his agent, Mino Raiola, has been lining up teams to make a bid this summer while Lukaku's father recently said he wants the forward to move to Manchester United or Bayern Munich.
Source: The Guardian
Mar 26 - 5:34 PM

Despite missing a penalty kick against West Ham this weekend, Romelu Lukaku will continue as the club's penalty taker in the future.

Manager Roberto Martinez expressed no doubt in Lukaku's abilities at the spot since the club's normal penalty taker, Leighton Baines, has been injured or recovering from injury for most of the season: "It’s not a problem. His miss was a shock. Nobody expected Rom to miss it, he is such a confident footballer...I have no concerns over his confidence at all. He scored a fantastic goal and created another, he was a real threat throughout the game." The penalty came at a crucial time in the 69th minute with the chance to take a 3-0 lead while down a man as West Ham ended up coming back to win 3-2. This season, Lukaku has scored one penalty-kick goal while Ross Barkley has two.
Mar 8 - 6:35 PM

Everton won't look fondly upon Saturday's home defeat to West Ham after blowing a 2-0 lead in the final 12 minutes while down a man for most of the match.

The home side was down to 10 men within 35 minutes after Kevin Mirallas was sent off after picking up his second yellow card on a foolish challenge after losing the ball. But with a 1-0 lead after Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the 13th minute with pinpoint accuracy from a tough angle, Everton doubled its advantage after Lukaku set up Aaron Lennon for his fourth goal in the last five Premier League matches. But the key moment in the match came when West Ham keeper Adrian saved Lukaku's penalty in the 69th minute that would have given the Toffees a 3-0 lead. But starting in the 78th minute, Everton gave up three unanswered goals to miss an opportunity to jump into the top 10.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 5 - 12:26 PM

Everton dominated from beginning to end as they heaped more misery on slumping Stoke City.

Lukaku scored his goal from the penalty spot and had another attempt deflected onto the crossbar and out by Jack Butland. Despite Butland's attempted heroics the Toffees also got goals from Seamus Coleman and Aaron Lennon as they marched to a 3-0 win.
Feb 6 - 1:07 PM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said today that he hopes to have the same squad as Wednesday available to face Stoke City this weekend, including leading goalscorer Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku left the club's win against Newcastle at half-time after taking a knee to the back, which gave the club a scare since the forward had trouble moving afterward. But Martinez said Lukaku has joined the team in training and will be assessed by the medical staff before Saturday's match: "He [Lukaku] looked a lot freer yesterday. I thought he looked back to himself. But there's no further damage and it was then about making sure he could get the feeling back and join in training today. We'll make an assessment depending on how good he is feeling today in training." Martinez said Kevin Mirallas is back and he also hopes to give Oumar Niasse his debut since arriving last week, meaning that even if Lukaku plays against Stoke it might be limited. It's best to avoid Lukaku if you are picking a weekly salary-cap lineup while it is a risky move to play him in other league formats this weekend as well.
Feb 5 - 10:48 AM

Everton could be without its star striker for this weekend's match at Stoke City after Romelu Lukaku picked up a back injury in a 3-0 win on Wednesday against Newcastle.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said the Belgian could not continue past half-time and is now a major doubt for the weekend: "Rom couldn’t really walk - he got a knee in the back and found it painful. He tried to run it off at the end of the first half but couldn’t. We’re playing on Saturday and it’s difficult to tell if he will make it, but it’s not a major problem apart from the impact and the neurological reaction down into his legs." If still on the pitch in the final 10 minutes of the match, Lukaku could have ended his five-match league scoring drought as Ross Barkley took two penalties in the final moments. While the injury is not expected to be long-term, Lukaku would not be a good option for weekly pick leagues like DraftKings and with his goalless streak growing, it may be time to cut ties with the striker in salary-cap leagues like
Feb 4 - 6:26 AM

The fantasy football world can breathe a collective sigh of relief after Roberto Martinez confirmed that Romelu Lukaku will be fit to face Man City at The Etihad on Wednesday.

"Romelu trained well yesterday. He is available, his ankle feels well and he is clear to play tomorrow. It's great news," said the Toffees boss. Lukaku had been struggling since limping off during last weeks’ Capital One cup win over their Premier League counterparts but the big Belgium looks set to lead the Everton attack. Tom Cleverley (Achilles) is struggling and will face a late fitness test while Seamus Coleman may miss up-to two weeks. Steven Naismith is managing an ongoing ankle complaint amid speculation that the forward will move during the January window. A mere ten stitches in an open head wound won't keep Funes Mori out.
Jan 12 - 8:02 AM

Everton fans suffered a scare when golden goose Romelu Lukaku left the club's 2-1 win against Manchester City in the League Cup due to injury.

However, manager Roberto Martinez did his best to allay any fears of a long-term layoff after saying the top scorer didn't suffer a serious injury: "Romelu took a knock to his ankle and he will need assessing. I don’t know if he will be available at the weekend [against Dagenham] but I don’t expect anything too serious." Lukaku started in the semifinal at Goodison Park, scoring the match-winner before being taken off before completing the full 90 minutes. But with the FA Cup this weekend, Lukaku should be able to return for the club's Week 21 match against Manchester City on January 13.
Jan 6 - 8:42 PM

Everton fought back from two deficits only to lose in heartbreaking fashion following a 93rd-minute penalty in a 4-3 home loss to Stoke City despite two goals from Romelu Lukaku.

The in-form striker went level with Jamie Vardy for the league lead with 15 goals this season as he scored two straight equalizers after trailing 1-0 and 2-1 in the first 65 minutes. Then it was Gerard Deulofeu who lifted the Toffees with a 71st-minute goal to take the lead at an electrified Goodison Park, taking an inch-perfect pass from Ross Barkley across the box and putting it away for his second goal of the season. Meanwhile, James McCarthy picked up an assist in his return from a four-week injury layoff that lasted only 26 minutes after suffering another injury. His replacement, Tom Cleverley, also recorded an assist but seemed to go off with a knock as well. The loss leaves Everton with only one win in its past six despite 10 goals in that span.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 12:45:00 PM

Romelu Lukaku scored for the sixth straight league game but Everton would allow Norwich to level the score as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road.

All things run through Romelu Lukaku for Everton these days. On the quarter hour mark, Gerard Deulofeu delivered a sublime cross to find the Belgian at the back post and Lukaku was able to head it home with ease. He had an opportunity to make it two or three goals on the day, but one attempt was muffed right in front of goal while another was a low drive that drifted just wide. The defense would let them down early in the second half though, allowing the Canaries to score from a corner. Everton have now kept only one clean sheet in their last ten and desperately miss the influence of Phil Jagielka. Deulofeu owners will be delighted to see a credited assist, after he had two in recent weeks go unrewarded when it was his play that set up the goals.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 09:43:00 AM

Romelu Lukaku scored in the 81st minute to earn Everton a draw at home against Crystal Palace to close out Week 15.

Lukaku scored his 11th goal of the Premier League campaign but he was unlucky not to have a hat trick as Everton dropped two points at home that they'll feel they should have had. Lukaku hit the post twice in addition to his goal and that was the difference between a win and a draw for the Toffees. A draw against Palace this season isn't a bad result but Everton had the far better of the chances and will be disappointed that they didn't do more with them.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 05:10:00 PM