Bilic describes Everton's Romelu Lukaku as 'a monster' after performance against West Ham

Slaven Bilic has raved about Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has told the club's official website that he thinks Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is 'unbelievable' and 'a monster' after his display on Saturday.

Everton and West Ham played out one of the games of the season, as after the Toffees went into a 2-0 lead, West Ham hit back with three goals in just over 12 minutes, with Dimitri Payet hitting an injury-time winner to turn the game completely on its head.

Much of the post-match discussion has been about how Everton crumbled under the pressure and West Ham continue to thrive under Bilic, but the Croatian has actually praised one of Everton's players.

Striker Romelu Lukaku has a sensational record against West Ham in recent years, and he added another goal to his tally by smashing into the net in the first half, rolling teenage defender Reece Oxford too easily and putting Everton in front.

Lukaku did miss a second half penalty which seemed to swing the game in West Ham's favour, but the Belgian's role was to lead the line on his own and spark counter-attacks, given that his fellow Belgian Kevin Mirallas was sent off in the first half.

The 22-year-old is an athletic freak and he showed that by racing away from the West Ham defence only to see goalkeeper Adrian deny him again in a fine performance, with Hammers defenders struggling to contain him.

After the final whistle, West Ham boss Bilic told the club's official website that Everton were able to be dangerous going forward even with ten men thanks to the impact of the 'unbelievable' Lukaku, stating that the giant, pacey striker is 'a monster' after terrorising West Ham's defence on Saturday.

"Everton used the ball well and without it they didn’t really feel the loss of a man because they had Lukaku and he’s unbelievable," said Bilic. "He’s a monster, he’s Lukaku and that’s why he cost that kind of money," he added.

What did you think of Lukaku's performance against West Ham?

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch