Romelu Lukaku can fire Everton to Europe

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A few eyebrows were raised on transfer deadline day when Belgium international Romelu Lukaku completed his season-long loan deal to Everton from Chelsea.

This was a deal that looked impossible a few hours before. It seemed that Demba Ba was all set to leave Stamford Bridge to join Arsenal or maybe Tottenham on a season-long loan deal.

Chelsea pulled the plug on that deal and then Roberto Martinez swooped for the young powerhouse. It was a very good bit of business as it happens by Martinez, who has settled to life very quickly as David Moyes's replacement and is already proving the doubters wrong. 

Lukaku already has plenty of Premier League experience whilst on loan last season at West Bromwich Albion. He notched an impressive 17 goals in 35 appearances for the Baggies, including a brilliant "perfect" hat-trick against Manchester United on the final day which saw the game end 5-5.

You can see why he is likened to Didier Drogba; he has all the attributes that Drogba had when he was in his prime. He is quick, powerful and bullish - a nightmare for any defender he has the in his locker.

He has already won many plaudits from managers and players alike and is only 20 years of age; there is a lot of longterm potential with Lukaku.

Lukaku has started with Everton where he left off with West Brom last season. He has already scored three goals in two appearances for the Toffees and there is no doubt more to come from the Belgian powerhouse, who would have been a good signing for any of the big sides in the Premier League.

The capture of Lukaku could well be some of the best bit of business Everton have done for a very long time. If he can stay fit it would be no surprise to see Everton challenging for honours this season and even making a push for a Champions League qualification place.

That would really silence the Martinez critics.

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