Last season, Romelu Lukaku enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with Everton, scoring 16 goals in 33 games for the Toffees having fallen out of favour with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. With the Blues then adding Diego Costa and Didier Drogba, Lukaku decided that his future was away from Stamford Bridge, and Everton forked out a whopping £28m to land him permanently.
The deal was seen as proof that Everton were making considerable strides under Roberto Martinez, but fast forward to his season, and it hasn't quite gone to plan. Lukaku has scored just two Premier League goals in seven games, and has looked lethargic throughout the Toffees campaign.
Everton as a whole are struggling in their second season under Martinez, and currently lie in 17th place in the Premier League table. Lukaku's recent woes are a big factor in that, and he hasn't fared much better on international duty either.
Already under pressure after a poor World Cup campaign for Belgium, Lukaku watched as Liverpool striker Divock Origi got on the scoresheet against Andorra on Friday night as Marc Wilmots' side ran out 6-0 winners. Lukaku was only introduced in the 66th minute in place of Origi, and Belgian media now speculate that Lukaku could end up being third choice for Wilmots.
Origi, currently on loan at Lille, continues to impress for club and country whilst Aston Villa's Christian Benteke is on the verge of a return to football after a lengthy injury battle, which ruled him out of the World Cup. It's a tough time for Lukaku, but Wilmots says that he won't be drawn on the pecking order in attack, citing that Lukaku isn't fully fit yet.
"Me? I'm not complaining that we have so many good strikers," said Wilmots. "It's pointless now to rule on the hierarchy in a rush. Due to a foot injury Lukaku had a difficult preparation at Everton. He is not one hundred percent, and admits it.
"Do you know what is important? He walks around with a smile. I had advised him to continue to work and stay positive. Remember he made the difference against Croatia and the United States," Wilmots added.