Everton star backs 'vital' Lukaku to hit top form soon

Leighton Baines

Everton captain Leighton Baines has praised Romelu Lukaku's performance against Aston Villa at the weekend.

Everton defender Leighton Baines has praised Romelu Lukaku, after the striker scored his third goal of the season against Aston Villa at the weekend.

The Belgian forward played his part in Everton's win on Saturday, scoring the second goal in a 3-0 triumph over Villa. 

It was a performance which pleased his teammates and Baines admits that it was important that Lukaku got back to his best, after a slow start to the season. 

“Rom was great for us last season and has a really impressive goalscoring record in his time over here so we know goals aren’t a problem, we just have to keep giving him opportunities," he said to the Liverpool Echo.

“He is a goalscorer and he can score all different types of goals, left foot, right foot, in the air, and he puts fear into defenders and him scoring goals is good for us, because you need your strikers to score."

“I personally didn’t feel any lag (after the World Cup), but Rom came back later than myself, Jags (Jagielka) and Ross (Barkley), so he started the season probably having only been with us a week."

“Bear in mind some of the other lads had been back training seven weeks, so in that respect it is only just starting to level out really and we hope we will get him scoring goals because he is vital for us.”

Everton have started the campaign in dire form, but they will be hoping that this victory can put them back on track to climb the table.

Roberto Martinez's side are still in the bottom half of the league, but they are now only four points off a top-four spot and it gives them something to build on. 

There had been concerns that the side could be in for a long season, after poor form and a host of injuries threatened to derail the campaign, but this display was their best so far.

And, despite the three goals which the side scored, Baines believes that the clean-sheet was equally as important due to the defensive problems they have suffered with previously.

“We have conceded some strange goals this season and I am not sure, if you look at it, we have given up many more chances than we would usually, but for some reason we have been conceding,” he said.

“You go away and look at all the stats and analyse things and it is just fine margins in football."

“It was nice to get back to normal and keeping a clean sheet is something we will look to replicate in the next few games.”

Everton's next game comes in the Europa League, when they face French side Lille. 

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