2 goals from 3 shots; Romelu Lukaku inspires Everton win over Southampton

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The Belgian was in fine form as he left St Mary's with a number of impressive stats.

After Everton put in a scintillating display to beat Southampton 3-0 on Saturday afternoon, there was no question about who was the star man of the afternoon.

With two goals to his name to get his season tally up and running, Romelu Lukaku was in wonderful form at St Mary’s, as he terrorised the Saints defence throughout the game with a series of powerful, bullying runs.

There is no denying that if Lukaku is on his game, Roberto Martinez’s side tend to play better - and that was certainly the case on Saturday afternoon. Indeed, it looked an inspired decision by the Catalan to partner the Belgian with Arouna Kone, certainly something that should be employed again in future.

Aside from his two goals, though, this was a truly brilliant performance from Lukaku, as he racked up some impressive stats in his performance.

 V Southampton MatchGoalsShotsShots on TargetTouchesUnsuccessful TouchesPassesAccurate PassesPass Success (%)
Romelu Lukaku Southampton vs Everton 2 3 2 48 2 32 22 68%

Starting with the obvious, he managed to bag himself two goals from the game, despite having only had three scoring attempts throughout the game, a conversion rate of 66%.

The big Belgian was used as an outlet for the Toffees to great success in this game but it was his perfect control that made that possible, with him enjoying 48 touches in the game and only two of them being unsuccessful. That’s a success rate of 96%.

He was also important in most of Everton's build-up play when they attacked - and his passing was also okay but could have been better as he enjoyed 32 passes throughout and 22 of them proving successful, a success rate of 68%.

A superb performance overall from Lukaku, then, who led his side to a memorable away win at Southampton. Everton fans will certainly be hoping he can put in this kind of display on a regular basis in future.

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