BBC pundit Garth Crooks lavishes praise on Everton striker Romelu Lukaku

Everton’s Romelu Lukaku was superb as his side defeated Aston Villa 4-0.

Garth Crooks has lavished praise on Romelu Lukaku following the striker’s role in his side’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa, saluting his speed of thought and reaction on BBC Five Live.

The Belgium international has been in fine form this season, scoring seven goals in 12 Premier League matches leading up to the encounter with Aston Villa.

It’s the sort of form which illustrates exactly why the Toffees spent a club record fee on bringing him to Merseyside, while also dispelling the myth he was overpriced due to last season’s struggles.

Against Villa, he was a menace throughout and took his overall season tally to nine goals as he notched a brace, his first coming after a tussle with strong defender Micah Richards.

Commentating on BBC Radio Five Live during the encounter, Crooks relished the battle between Richards and Lukaku, but felt the latter was more determined and sharper off the ball.

"Romelu Lukaku is a big strong player, and he collided with Micah Richards, but Lukaku springs up and puts the ball away. There were claims it might have been a foul but for me that is the most impressive thing about the goal - the quickness of his reaction to get up,” Crooks explained.

Aside from his two goals, Lukaku put in a pretty flawless display as he took six shots, completed two successful take-ons and created one chance via a key pass.

Considering he is still only 22, the potential for Lukaku to become an Everton great is there, though on current form one has to wonder whether a big move could be on the horizon.

His style of play, strength and natural finishing ability means he is pretty much a threat anywhere in the final third – traits which make him a very desirable option for the so-called elite clubs.

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