Ronald Koeman praises professional Romelu Lukaku after Everton rout Hull

Ronald Koeman praises professional Romelu Lukaku after Everton rout Hull

Ronald Koeman praises professional Romelu Lukaku after Everton rout Hull

The Toffees enjoyed another superb home win this afternoon, as they hammered lowly Hull City 4-0 at Goodison Park, with Romelu Lukaku adding a late brace after earlier goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Enner Valencia.

BBC reports that Lukaku started the week by turning down the most lucrative contract offer in Everton's history before ending it at the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts.

Koeman switched formation to match Hull's three at the back as the visitors began to gain the upper hand, only for Huddlestone's dismissal for a shin-high challenge on Idrissa Gana Gueye to halt their momentum in the 73rd-minute.

The hosts were leading 2-0 when Lukaku struck twice in added time to seal his side's sixth successive home league win.

Ronald Koeman had gone public with his frustration at Lukaku's comments, but pragmatism won the day as the manager named his rebellious forward in the starting line-up.

Romelu Lukaku has cast doubt on his future at Everton but he's continuing to score the goals that could secure his team a place in Europe.

Europa League-chasing Everton moved level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal but behind on goal difference having played two games more than the London club.

Everton are sixth in the table on 50 points with nine games remaining.

If he does go, Everton will need to make big-name signings, especially with Romelu Lukaku now also seemingly destined to depart the Merseyside club.

Meanwhile, Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is facing "several weeks" out after suffering a calf injury against Hull.

Returning the favour, Valencia set up Lukaku for Everton's third in the 90th minute and there was still time for the Belgian to strike again after woeful Hull defending gifted him a tap-in.

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