Everton legend Howard Kendall has urged Roberto Martinez to start using a second striker again.
Everton have suffered back-to-back defeats after a mini-revival in the Premier League and face a difficult game this weekend against a West Ham team searching for form.
Lukaku could be the key for the Toffees during the game at Upton Park, but Kendell has stressed that he needs to be supported by Steven Naismith or he is vulnerable to becoming isolated in Everton’s attack.
“I would like to see Romelu Lukaku supported by Steven Naismith upfront - Without the support of a second striker, Lukaku can easily become isolated and he can often find himself not knowing when, or where, the ball is going to come to,” he said.
West Ham have really suffered since the turn of the year and because of that, their manager Sam Allardyce will be stressing the need for them to win their last home game of the season to give the fans something to shout about.
He could urge West Ham’s defence to try and isolate Lukaku, with the rest of the team flooding the midfield to make it difficult for Everton to play the ball forward quickly.
Naismith is the sort of player who will get his head down and work hard for the cause, drifting down the channels on both sides of the pitch to try and create some extra room for Lukaku to operate in.
It’s a simple change Martinez can make and there is enough energy, talent and grit in midfield for the Toffees to be able to win those battles and make the move look like a masterstroke.