Romelu Lukaku struck his 50th goal in 100 games for Everton against Crystal Palace on Monday – on another night he might have had a hat-trick – a milestone that neatly illustrates his record of a goal every other game for the Blues.
Such is his ambition and self-confidence that he seemed almost casual when talking about reaching the half-centiry of goals in an Everton jersey and he says that he intends to keep getting better.
“To be honest that [scoring ratio] is the standard I’ve set myself since I was 16,” Lukaku said after the game. “I always had one out of two so you always put your standard there but if you can do better you have to do better.
“I am privileged to be in this position but I need to keep working, working, keeping my head down and staying focused on the next game.”
Though he was twice denied spectacular goals by the woodwork against Palace, Lukaku's equaliser rescued a point for Everton when it looked as though they might succumb to the problematic Londoners for a third season running.
The Belgian was noticeably disappointed not to get the three points but he expressed his belief that Roberto Martinez's side is becoming a force to be reckoned with.
“I think if we had won the game we would have made a big step and sent out a big statement in the league because we would have gotten closer to the top six," Lukaku continued.
"We have mixed emotions because I think we played one of our best games offensively and defensively but it is just that one action - you have to be focused for 90 minutes and that is something we all have to learn.
“I think we can score from open play whenever we want and that means something, we are a top side in the making but it is a process you have to go through as a young player, you know you have to improve and learn. We have a young team but everyone put in a great shift and we need to keep going.”
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1 Posted 09/12/2015 at 07:43:42
Fast becoming a leader, the way he was screaming at Howard the other night, when he never kicked it quickly out of his hands in the last minute, was just epitomising the crowds frustration as well.
The harder you work, the better you will become. Keep it going please, Big Man!
2 Posted 09/12/2015 at 08:09:08
3 Posted 09/12/2015 at 08:20:21
There will always be room for improvement but he seems to be getting better and is growing on me. Very much a confidence player. Last season he started with an injury and the team was poor but 50 goals in 100 is excellent. Can't argue with that stat.
Worrying thing is that, including his loan spell, this is his third season with us so if he is ambitious he will probably want to move on. At the end of last season I would have gladly watched him go for a nice price. And then seen him score plenty elsewhere. This season, I wouldn't be so keen to see him leave.
4 Posted 09/12/2015 at 08:38:09
He scored 72 league goals. The remainder were in cup competitions 4 FA Cup, 11 League Cup and 12 in the Simod and ZDS cups.
5 Posted 09/12/2015 at 08:50:28
I think this lad is coming of age as a footballer and as Tony # 1 said is starting to show leadership qualities.
Big strong leader at centre forward, big strong leader at centre half, and big strong leader in goal, and you have a time tested recipe for success.
I wonder if Robles has it in him - he is certainly big enough.
One thing I do know is that this group of youngsters like playing together and that could be the key to keeping them next season.
If we can I think we are on the verge of something special based on last night and our more recent performances.
I would happily eat a serve of the humble pie served by our present manager if he pulls it off.
6 Posted 09/12/2015 at 09:02:41
It will be interesting in January if El Bob dips his toe in, as the january rumours have died due to our recent improved form
7 Posted 09/12/2015 at 09:05:53
8 Posted 09/12/2015 at 09:06:15
But let's not forget the little Spaniard on the wing, equally as important to this team, we're so much better as a team with him in it and he's bringing the best out of the big man up top IMO, just hope we can keep 'em all.
9 Posted 09/12/2015 at 09:17:50
It was also good to see how disappointed he was at the team not winning the match.
Really can't see him being here next season if he keeps making progress. A profit to be made I just hope Martinez has someone lined up to replace him, Stones and Del
10 Posted 09/12/2015 at 09:31:00
The sad thing is how long will he and the rest of the fab four stay? Not that long if we chug along in mid table.
Pretty clear that we now have the most exciting team that we have had in a long time and one with tremendous potential. Although the Sky money and some hefty contracts means we have a bit more power than we did say 5 years ago nonetheless few of the players will be here in 2 seasons time if we do not win trophies and/or get into Europe.
Fair to say that the next 5 months is a golden opportunity to break the glass ceiling and secure the stability of this team for the near future. Much rests on us moving to this next level but league results like our last 2 are harming us and dare I say that, just as the likes of Barkley and Lukaku have stepped up a level this season, so must our manager in showing the tactical nous and decisiveness to turn these draws into wins.
11 Posted 09/12/2015 at 09:51:35
We had money in the summer and he should have sorted it out. Until that happens, I don't believe we will get top 4, which will be a waste because the team is most probably playing the best attacking football in the league.
12 Posted 09/12/2015 at 10:02:01
Giving stick by our own supporters seems par for the course doesn't it?
Thinking back a short while ago Naismith was in that category and then went on to near 'legend' status in a very short time.
Nil satis is taken very literally at Goodison and Zero to Hero something we have become accustomed to.
13 Posted 09/12/2015 at 10:16:13
14 Posted 09/12/2015 at 10:27:49
Funes Mori has done pretty well so far in the short space of time he's been here but we're still far too easily out muscled defensively. Jags will improve us but I'd love to see a defensive monster alongside the majestic Stones.
Oh, and of course, a new keeper.
15 Posted 09/12/2015 at 10:42:37
Undoubtedly he will have dips in form, but how foolish and destructive it is to criticise him when that happens.
Instead, always encourage a player with his huge ability to score goals, and the rewards will always come.
16 Posted 09/12/2015 at 10:44:58
For all the acclamation of his ball playing skills, Stones is well short of being a dominating centre back and his positioning and heading skills leave much to be desired. (I love the lad's style; the sooner he is moved forward to occupy the Barry role, the better.)
Funes Mori, on the other hand, is no better or worse than BBC's South American observer warned us and I would now like to see Galloway utilised in his natural centre-back position.
Reverting to the topic of Romelu, I suspect he will soon get fed up of trying to score enough goals to redeem our defenders and will be irritating for a move to a glamour club.
17 Posted 09/12/2015 at 11:52:54
How many goals against top sides? None. Does he compliment balls coming into the penalty area? No.
When Geri has the ball Rom and Ross who is far too deep when attacking in the penalty box should know where the ball is going so they can drag defenders one way then attack the incoming cross, whether it be a low or high cross. In my opinion, Rom is a Number 10 alongside a good strong centre-forward.
18 Posted 09/12/2015 at 14:52:49
19 Posted 09/12/2015 at 15:34:16
He's starting to show strength, leadership, and consistency.
20 Posted 09/12/2015 at 16:56:02
Is this his idea or is he following orders? The biggest man in the squad standing on the halfway line while his smaller mates try to defend a corner against giant opposition players. What's that all about? Don't give me the counter-attack theory. It won't wash.
When he did attempt to defend set-pieces, he didn't show much enthusiasm for the job but I won't state my whys or wherefores because I'm not interested in debating the issue. If I was an Everton defender I might want to question his continual remarks about staying focussed because they will know he's not referring to himself. Not surprised certain experienced players are always reluctant to pat him on the back. 22-year-olds should be seen and not heard.
22 Posted 09/12/2015 at 17:15:02
Looking at the prices top goal scorers are sold for, £28 million was a steal.
23 Posted 09/12/2015 at 18:18:42
That being said, the strides he has made especially in his hold-up and link-up play have been phenomenal. He has quickly become a complete striker, and, dare I say it, one of the best in the game at that.
As others have said, I'm very happy to eat some humble pie. Now let's just hope we can keep hold of him in the summer because there will be large bids coming in.
24 Posted 09/12/2015 at 18:36:24
Can I ask do you expect a centre-forward who is 6'-3" tall and 15 stone in weight to continue scoring at his present rate while simultaneously tracking back to defend every corner for a period of 90/95 mins?
He also does put himself about for those 90 mins despite claims on here about his perceived laziness. It is, as you know a very fast game nowadays, so I'm not sure if it is fair to expect this from a man of his size.
25 Posted 09/12/2015 at 18:43:52
Drogba at 22: 59 games, 11 goals.
Lukaku at 22: 251 games, 108 goals.
Best striker in the league this season by far and I think it will be a real struggle to keep him. I do agree with Harold, though: Why doesn't he help out defending set plays?! Drogba was absolute class in both boxes.
26 Posted 09/12/2015 at 19:02:21
27 Posted 09/12/2015 at 19:25:40
When you consider that Man U paid £36,000,000 for Martial he certainly was a steal. Not to mention a much better striker.
It should be remembered of course that the form of Barkley, Kone ans especially Deulofeu hasn't done him any harm either. I hope he'll keep that in mind when the bids start coming in.
28 Posted 09/12/2015 at 21:41:43
Given we paid £4 million, he is another steal.
29 Posted 09/12/2015 at 22:03:00
He does deserves full credit for his turn around since last year. Seems all around improved player, particularly his touch, is still a fair way off fulfilling his potential.
30 Posted 09/12/2015 at 23:58:29
"Not surprised certain experienced players are always reluctant to pat him on the back. 22-year-olds should be seen and not heard."
Two of the most bizarre statements I've read on these pages, to which I would ask:
Why bother making such a cryptic affirmation and then refuse to back it up because you don't want to debate it?
At what age should a footballer be allowed to speak up and not simply be "seen and not heard"?
31 Posted 10/12/2015 at 00:42:33
32 Posted 10/12/2015 at 06:22:38
Good shout mate. As in all walks of life, a young man learning his trade will always improve with experience.
His touch is vastly improved. I have watched him closely in that aspect; you notice the improvement in touch, aggression and pace even more after he scores a goal.
33 Posted 10/12/2015 at 07:47:18
Only one scored this year against (hmm) top side Liverpool. None last year as far as I can see. However, 6 the year before in his loan spell. Top sides included Man City and Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea.
Whilst at West Brom he bagged a few as well.
My short survey doesn't include matching when he was out injured so perhaps not a fair analysis and possibly renders my analysis pointless.
However, it could be that this year, Roberto has asked Rom not to score goals against these top teams to make them think he is not that good and not worth buying!
34 Posted 11/12/2015 at 11:30:47
35 Posted 11/12/2015 at 13:45:57
"It could be that this year, Roberto has asked Rom not to score goals against these top teams to make them think he is not that good and not worth buying!"
I'm a huge admirer of Rom's ability and potential. As others have said, though, I hope he's smart enough to realise that his brilliant form right now is partly down to 3-4 other players in the team playing their best football ever / in ages. What Kone's resurgence has done for the team shouldn't be overlooked.
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