Romelu Lukaku exploded against Newcastled United on Monday, scoring two goals to aid Everton to a 3-2 victory at Goodison Park.
The 20-year-old Belgian scored early in the fifth minute, then scored again in the 37th minute to give Everton a commanding 3-0 lead at halftime.
For his first goal, Lukaku positioned himself well in the center of the pitch before Kevin Mirallas found him for the sweeping score.
101 Great Goals linked out the footage:
In the 37th minute, he took advantage of poor defensive positioning by Newcastle to beat one man and then smash the ball into the net.
101 Great Goals again posted the impressive highlight:
Beyond that, the youngster also played a nice through ball to teammate Ross Barkley to set up the second goal of the match in the 25th minute.
Needless to say, it was quite the first half for Lukaku.
In just two matches for Everton in the 2013-14 Premier League campaign, Lukaku already has three goals and an assist. He helped the Toffees soar into the top four with his performance on Monday.
Known for his impressive strength, quickness, awareness and focus, he is already paying dividends for the Toffees after they acquired him on loan from Chelsea. It's looking like the move for more playing time is guiding Lukaku's development.
Then again, Chelsea could use Lukaku right about now. The young player's excellence is not going unnoticed throughout Europe.
Oliver Kay of the Times tweeted during the match:
Clearly, Lukaku's performance in this match shows that he is ready for regular playing time. Chelsea wanted to wait a little longer to allow him to develop, but it appears the club may have underestimated how much of an impact he can already have. He looked like a fine player at Goodison Park on Monday, even inspiring the hashtag "#LukakuFacts" during play.
Here's one of my favorites, per The SPORT Bible:
If you knew nothing about football and simply looked at Twitter on Monday, you would be able to grasp the gravity of Lukaku's performance against Newcastle.
This is a young, budding player who is growing quickly into a force to be reckoned with. Don't be surprised if Lukaku continues to make an impact on the pitch for Everton.