Pat Nevin hints that Everton are too reliant on Romelu Lukaku

Pat Nevin suggests that Everton need more goalscoring options other than Romelu Lukaku.

BBC pundit Pat Nevin has intimated that Everton are far too reliant on striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Toffees succumbed to their fourth defeat in five Premier League outings on Sunday after losing 1-0 at Manchester United in a match which saw the 25-goal hitman have very little impact throughout the 90 minutes.

The big Belgian was successfully negated by United centre-back Daley Blind, and Nevin says that Everton boss Roberto Martinez needs more goalscoring avenues in the event that the 22-year-old is unable to influence proceedings.

"If I had to make a decision on man of the match, it would be Daley Blind," he said on BBC Sport. "He has stopped Lukaku and if you stop Lukaku you stop Everton, so he has been the best player."


Martinez's side have scored 10 times from their last seven games in all competitions, with Lukaku - who has 18 Premier League goals this season - netting five of those.


Such a perceived reliance on him does not bode well going forward; especially if the former Chelsea man leaves the club, amid speculation of a return to Stamford Bridge (The Sun).


He has not scored or coming close to scoring in any of his last two, but Martinez will be hoping that he is saving himself for an FA Cup semi-final with either United or West Ham later this month.

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