Garth Crooks uses Romelu Lukaku’s form to defend Everton chairman Bill Kenwright

Romelu Lukaku was in fine form for Everton against West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday.

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks has defended Everton chairman Bill Kenwright against criticism on BBC Sport.

Some of Kenwright’s decisions have been questioned by the fans, including the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea in the summer of 2014.

The Belgium international played on loan for Everton last season before joining the Merseyside outfit on a permanent contract.

According to BBC Sport, the Toffees had to pay a club-record transfer fee of £28 million for the services of 22-year-old.

Lukaku, though, struggled in the opening months of the season and failed to justify the money that Everton reportedly paid for him.

However, the former Anderlecht star has been playing well for the past few weeks and has been an important player in Everton’s resurgence in the second half of the campaign.

Lukaku produced a fine display for Everton against West Ham United away from home in London in the Premier League on Saturday, scoring the winner in the third minute of injury time.

Crooks included the youngster in his BBC Team of the Week and wrote on BBC Sport: “The striker's confidence has returned along with that of his team.

“So why are some Everton fans picking chairman Bill Kenwright out for criticism? He paid £28m for Lukaku, who helped to get them into Europe. What more do they want?”

In 35 Premier League appearances this season, Lukaku has scored 10 goals and created 36 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 74% and a shot accuracy of 56%.

Last season, the Belgian scored 15 goals and created 32 chances in 31 league matches for the Toffees, while having a pass accuracy of 66% and a shot accuracy of 63%.

The 2014-15 campaign has been disappointing overall for Lukaku, but his class and quality means that he is likely to return to his best next season.

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch