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Romelu Lukaku | Forward

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (21) / 5/13/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220

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Roberto Martinez is hoping the dynamic trio of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, and Seamus Coleman will be fit for selection on Saturday when Everton open away to Leicester City.
There have been several questions surrounding the availability of the three leading up to Week 1 for most of the preseason, Coleman because of a hamstring tweak and the Belgian duo of Lukaku and Mirallas because of World Cup fatigue. All three are training now and it sounds like as long as there are no setbacks heading into Week 1, they should make the XI. All three are usually in the conversation for fantasy XI's week in and week out, but managers may want to bypass in the opening round and play it safe by fielding players with no shred of doubt. Mirallas is perhaps the riskiest of the three, as he rarely can go 90 minutes when fit. Aug 12 - 4:16 PM

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Everton have signed Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku for a club record £28m.

This is a massive deal for Everton, who smash their transfer record while securing one of the most sought after forwards in European football. The 21-year-old Belgian, who scored 16 goals on loan for the club last season, has signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 31 - 5:58 AM

Everton have called a press conference for 7pm GMT to, in all likelihood, announce the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea on a permanent move.

Lukaku recently tweeted that it was "time to start a new chapter" as he was on a plane heading for the UK and the press conference announcement connects the dots as Everton appear to have gotten a permanent deal done. Early reports suggest a five year deal is in place.
Source: SkySports
Jul 30 - 12:08 PM

Chelsea assistant coach Steve Holland has said that a decision on Romelu Lukaku is unlikely to come within the next two weeks.

Chelsea have signed striker Diego Costa and reports have surfaced about the return of Didier Drogba, making it unlikely for them to keep the Belgian star. Jose Mourinho wants to evaluate the striker before making a final decision. Lukaku has spend the last two seasons away on loan but there are rumors Chelsea might be trying to secure a permanent move for him away from Stamford Bridge. German side Wolfsburg are reportedly ready to offer a £20 million bid and Everton, where Lukaku spent last season on loan, are also interested in his services. Lukaku will have significantly higher fantasy value at Everton than at Chelsea.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 3:29 PM

Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne each scored as Belgium beat the United States 2-1.

Belgium were the better team, dominating possession and attacking the United States for almost the entire match. Regulation time ended 0-0 due to Tim Howard's historic 16 saves, but Belgium's attack was too potent in extra time. They went ahead 2-0 through Lukaku and de Bruyne's goals before substitute Julian Green brought the USA within one. The US continued to press but couldn't find an equalizer. Belgium face Argentina in the quarter-finals.
Source: FIFA
Jul 1 - 6:57 PM

Romelu Lukaku admitted that he may be forced to leave Chelsea if the rumor that the club is signing Diego Costa is true.

It's well known that Jose Mourinho only likes to employ one striker in a counter-attacking style and Lukaku will probably be behind Costa on the pecking order at Chelsea. The young Belgian striker wants to start and admitted he may have to leave Chelsea to get a starting job. Lukaku is now focusing on doing well in the World Cup and will decide his future after the tournament.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 7 - 11:34 AM

Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard both scored to lead Belgium to a 2-0 victory over Sweden in a warm-up for the World Cup.

Lukaku scored a spectacular goal from long range in the first half and Hazard added another from inside the box in the second half to make it 2-0. If the two youngsters continue playing this well, Belgium will be in prime position to make it out of the group stages in this summer's World Cup. The Belgian team has a great mix of young and experienced players in all parts of the pitch that can help them win games. They also have explosive players like Hazard and Lukaku who can change the game at any moment. Expect them to do well and use them in Fantasy World Cup with confidence.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 1 - 5:29 PM

Romelu Lukaku ended his loan spell at Everton by scoring his 15th goal of the season and the Toffees kept Hull City down all afternoon in a 0-2 win.

While parent club Chelsea struggled to find a reliable striker more often than not, Everton are forever grateful for the Blues' gift of a loan. The Toffees made a push for a Champions League spot and certainly experienced no regrets in the post-David Moyes era as Roberto Martinez did a superb job in securing wins throughout the year. James McCarthy scored the Toffees opener today, fed by Steven Naismith. Then in the opening moments of the 2nd half, Leon Osman found Lukaku who shrugged off a defender and got the ball round the keeper. Where Lukaku will be playing next season is up in the air but if he is still in the PL, he will be a coveted fantasy asset.
May 11 - 12:36 PM

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

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