Everton have flown out the blocks this season. Under the management of Ronaldo Koeman, it appears the Toffees have already turned their back on the disappointment that typified their 2015-16 campaign.
Defeat at the hands of Bournemouth may have posed a surprise setback, but it proves a minor blot on an otherwise immaculate copybook.
Such a rise in fortunes has also been demonstrated by their first half performance against Crystal Palace. It’s fair to say Romelu Lukaku has left his impression on the game already.
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Up until last weekend, Everton were one of a select group of unbeaten teams in the Premier League. Even with defeat on the south coast, they lie in an impressive fifth place, above Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
Equally, Crystal Palace have enjoyed a solid start to the season. Upon finally getting their first win on the board, Alan Pardew’s men have risen to seventh and usurped Chelsea in the process.
Consequently, the clash between the two sides at Goodison Park was also going to supply an appetising encounter.
It proves a face off between two of the league’s surprise packages and with a fair share of accomplished players. In Everton’s case, Lukaku.
The Toffees’ Belgian striker had a slow start to the campaign, but a ruthless hat trick at the Stadium of Light has seen him settle into 2016-17.
This couldn’t have been better demonstrated than via his superb free-kick against the Eagles that proved an emphatic break through. His powerful left footed strike whipped over the wall and left Steve Mandanda hapless.
The brilliant goal can be seen below:
While some would argue Palace’s French shot stopper could have done better, any dive would likely have seen him in the net also. It won't win awards for accuracy, but the 23-year-old certainly put a lot of power behind the strike.
Lukaku isn’t known for his free-kick ability, but such a finish shows it proves a lethal secret weapon of his. After all, if it does prove the difference between the two sides, it will prove a fitting contributor to any victory.
At the moment, it’s all going Everton’s way.
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