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Romelu Lukaku | Forward

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (20) / 5/13/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220

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In a match with enormous implications, Everton convincingly defeated Arsenal 3-0, thanks in part to a goal and an assist from Romelu Lukaku.
Outside of an injury to Leon Osman that forced the midfielder off within the first ten minutes, it was all positive for Everton today. Crisp passing and disciplined defending is what led to their much deserved win. The opening goal resulted from a rebound of a Lukaku shot that Steven Naismith pounced on and fired home. Twenty minutes later, Lukaku was at it again, this time with a superb individual effort. On a break, he was given the ball out wide, then cut back in, outpacing the defenders around him, and hit a laser beam into the corner of goal. The final goal would be credited as an O.G. to Mikel Arteta, but it was another result of a well-oiled Toffee attack. They have moved to within a point of the Gunners for the final Champions League spot, with a game in hand and all the confidence in the world. Apr 6 - 11:35 AM

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Everton grabbed their first road win of 2014 in convincing fashion, bossing Newcastle United for 90 minutes in a 3-0 final.

It was all Everton today as Ross Barkley set the tone in the first half with a bulldog run 70 yards down the pitch, shifting from right to left and beating Tim Krul in one of the better individual efforts you will see this year. With the advantage, they only attacked more in the second half, as Gerard Deulofeu linked up with Lukaku on the counter attack, and the Belgian finished with his fourth goal in as many games against Newcastle. The Belgian would add to his fantasy day with a an assist on Leon Osman's strike at the end of the game. The clean sheet only adds to a productive fantasy day for those who invested, with the exception of Kevin Mirallas, who spent the entire match on the bench.
Mar 25 - 5:49 PM

Romelu Lukaku returned to action today, scoring the only goal of the contest off the bench as Everton defeat West Ham United 1-0.

Lukaku came on with a half an hour to go in a 0-0 affair, and it could not have worked out better. Gerard Deulofeu was the early aggressor for the Toffees, starting in place of a healthy Kevin Mirallas, and he was unlucky to not score a couple of times. Roberto Martinez then decided on the hour mark that it was time for Lukaku to make his presence felt and the decision paid off. Leighton Baines finally got his first assist of the season after he sent a low bouncing cross to the Belgian, and Lukau finished without an issue, giving him ten goals in total and his first in 2014.
Mar 1 - 12:33 PM

Roberto Martinez indicated in his most recent press conference that Romelu Lukaku "has been working really well and he is looking fresh and ready", all but confirming the Belgian phenom should be fit to start Everton's match with West Ham United.

Normally, a striker returning from injury is difficult to back in fantasy, given the sacredness of the position and the uncertainty of the player's form, but Martinez's words combined with the opponent on tap, home to West Ham, makes Lukaku's stock a bit more attractive, especially in a week where both Manchester clubs are off. Assuming Suarez and Sturridge are locked in as your other two forwards, Lukaku is on the shortlist for the third spot.
Feb 25 - 7:05 PM

Everton's official Twitter feed announced that Everton boss Roberto Martinez is "hopeful" that Romelu Lukaku will be ready to return from injury in time for their week 28 match against West Ham United.

The target for Lukaku's return is in congruence with the original timetable set, and with the Belgian striker ineligible to face his parent club Chelsea, his availability for this weekend was never dependent on his ankle. Given the poor scoring form he was in before the injury, it would probably be best to give him a chance to heat up before investing.
Feb 20 - 7:00 PM

Roberto Martinez revealed in today's press conference that Romelu Lukaku will not only be unavailable for the weekend, but is ruled out for next week's match with Crystal Palace as well.

Following the midweek clash with Palace, Everton will have an additional 10 days until their next league game, but it will be against Lukaku's parent club Chelsea, so he won't be in the fantasy picture until at least March. New striker Lacina Traore is battling fitness to make his Everton debut, and Martinez needs his services more so now than ever. Otherwise, it will be Steven Naismith leading the line, or possibly Kevin Mirallas will shift over from the wing.

Everton manager, Roberto Martinez, has confirmed that Romelu Lukaku's ankle injury will see him miss time, but that it is "a case of weeks rather than months."

There was no ligament damage, as feared, but Lukaku looks likely to miss out on Everton's four February league matches and one FA Cup, at least.
Source: Everton FC
Jan 29 - 10:54 AM

Today's derby defeat went from bad to worse for Everton as Romelu Lukaku injured his ankle in the melee in-front of goal from which Steven Gerrard scored the opener.

Early reports are that there was ligament damage which could keep the big striker out for weeks. Lukaku was replaced by Steven Naismith, but Everton will need loanee Lacina Traore to be available and ready sooner than they perhaps expected.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 28 - 5:06 PM

Everton have secured a work permit for Ivorian striker Lacina Traore as they work toward a loan deal with Monaco FC.

While on paper this looks like a deal to fill the void left by Nikica Jelavic's move to Hull City, because of the recent goal drought for Romelu Lukaku, there may be competition on the horizon for the regular striker role. At 6' 8", Traore is a specimen. Not many footballers have the ability to look Peter Crouch eye to eye. However, Traore is much younger (23) and more athletic so it would be entertaining if nothing else to see what he can do in the Premier League besides win all challenges in the air.
Jan 22 - 12:06 PM

Everton moved into the Premier League's top four with a 2-1 win over Southampton.

Seamus Coleman gave Everton the lead with another wonderful goal before forgotten man Gaston Ramirez equalised for the Saints with a long-range shot that stand-in keeper Joel Robles should've saved. Within minutes, Romelu Lukaku's first goal in six games sealed victory for the Toffees and they move in to the Top 4 of the Premier League.
Source: BBC Sport
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 10:57:00 AM

Everton failed to pick up points at home to Sunderland as they were unable to find the net after going down to 10 men due to a red card issued to Tim Howard in a 0-1 final.

In a stretch of favorable fixtures, investment in the Toffees backfired today as all the major players disappointed in one way or another. Lukaku failed to find the net, Barkley didn't get the start, Mirallas was subbed off at halftime for an unknown illness, Baines didn't start as some anticipated, and of course, the Howard sending off. Look for a bounce back performance this weekend when they face off against Southampton this weekend at Goodison Park.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 12:01:00 PM

After a two game drought without a goal, Romelu Lukaku returned to his scoring ways with a pair of goals to pull Everton from behind and take the lead against rivals Liverpool, but a late equalizer by the Reds ended the affair in a 3-3 draw.

Well, Lukaku is back. After two straight blanks, the second of which was a match with Crystal Palace where returns were expected, many managers probably dropped Lukaku this week with the always unpredictable Merseyside derby on the schedule. Both goals showed a top class level of strength and confidence, one with his foot, the other with his head. After a slight dip in form, it is safe to add Lukaku back to the shortlist of must-have forwards.
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 10:15:00 AM

Looking the clear favorites to take three points today, Everton were disappointed to finish with a 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace.

As Lukaku goes, apparently so do Everton. The Toffees played three league games before Lukaku arrived on loan from Chelsea, two of which were 0-0 scorelines. Lukaku then came in and has been the catalyst for the Toffee's attack. In the past two games though, Lukaku has been quiet and not finding himself in position for scoring chances. The result? Two consecutive 0-0 draws for Everton. With Liverpool up next, it may be time to look elsewhere for one of your forward options.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 01:08:00 PM

Romelu Lukaku, who was an injury doubt after coming off worse in his clash with Hugo Lloris, trained on Tuesday and was passed fully fit.

With Arouna Kone sidelined and Nikica Jelavic woefully out of form, Lukaku is Everton's only real option at striker. His fitness will be key as they travel to strugglers Crystal Palace this weekend.
Source: Everton FC
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 03:29:00 PM

Romelu Lukaku had to be substituted soon after his scary crash into Spurs goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris.

Lloris was knocked unconscious, but stayed in the match. Lukaku, however, suffered a dead leg and was withdrawn for Nikica Jelavic. Manager Roberto Martinez says that it was a dead leg, and expects Lukaku to be fine for the weekend's match against struggling Crystal Palace.
Source: Everton FC
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 10:21:00 AM