Everton midfielder Gareth Barry pays a big compliment to Romelu Lukaku

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has scored 11 goals so far this season.

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has told the Liverpool Echo that Romelu Lukaku is one of the best strikers he has played with in his entire career.

Lukaku scored twice in Everton’s 4-0 victory over Aston Villa, in what was a brilliant performance from the 22-year-old.

And Barry admits that the Belgium international forward is one of the most talented players he has played with during his time in the professional game.

“In terms of Rom’s age, he is going to be right up there at the top of the strikers I’ve played with,” Barry said.

“Because of how long he’s been around and because of how big and strong he is, people forget his age.

“He is still learning and under the manager here, his standards and performances are going to keep going up.”

Barry has represented the likes of Aston Villa and Manchester City during his career, so to be earning such praise from the experienced midfielder is a big compliment to Lukaku.

It is a deserved one though, as the front man has been in such good form so far this season.

Lukaku already has 11 goals for the campaign, and he has now become one of only five strikers to score over 50 times in the Premier League before their 23rd birthday.

It is a remarkable achievement for the powerful attacker, and Everton will be hoping that he continues to hit the back of the net with such regularity until the end of the season.

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