Trevor Steven: It's unfair of fans to blame Romelu Lukaku for Everton struggles

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Former Everton midfielder Trevor Steven has suggested Romelu Lukaku is not solely to blame for the side's difficulties this season.

Former Everton midfielder Trevor Steven told Extra Time for talkSPORT that he feels it’s wrong for the side’s critics to blame Romelu Lukaku for their Premier League struggles.

Everton have been struggling domestically but have performed well in Europe, but Steven doesn’t feel the Belgian should be made a scapegoat for the disappointing league form.

“I think it’s unfair to blame Lukaku for the Premier League form – he relies on the service given to him – it’s a collective effort,” said Steven.

“He’s shown in Europe what he can do where the team’s performances have been better.”

Lukaku has all of the attributes needed to become the dominant player at the top of Everton’s team in the Premier League.

He’s well suited in a physical sense to get at the opposition defence and put them onto the back foot, creating space for the side’s talented midfield to flock forward.

The pressure has been eased a little bit in Europe and that is perhaps the main reason the midfield has been a bit more free flowing and creative.

It’s arguable that the problem domestically hasn’t been with the midfield or the attack, but rests more with the side’s defence.

Everton have conceded more goals than the three sides directly below them in the table, which has heaped the pressure on the other areas of the team to respond and get the side out of trouble.

Regardless of which area of the team is responsible for the current struggles, it’s a collective effort which will drive the team up the table and further away from the bottom three.

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