The Toffees front man may not have got on the scoresheet in his side’s 3-1 victory at Craven Cottage, but he did everything but.
Ryan Spence was very obviously impressed:
Lukaku is so good, can't believe Chelsea didn't keep them considering their goal problems— Ryan Spence (@RyanSpence97) March 30, 2014
As was Chelsea supporter Blue Tinted Nick:
Very impressed with Lukaku's all round game, come on a treat. Shame there's practically no chance of seeing him in a Chelsea shirt again— BlueTinted Nick (@BlueTintedNick) March 30, 2014
His assertion that there is no chance the Belgian will be seen in a Chelsea shirt again may or may not be true.
The problem lies in the wealth of attacking talent that Jose Mourinho already has at his disposal.
Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and most recently Mohamed Salah would all potentially be jostling with Lukaku for a starting berth at Stamford Bridge.
But as Squawka Dave noted, the Belgian isn’t just about goals so perhaps the Portuguese needs to invest a little more scouting time on Merseyside:
Lukaku completed 7 take-ons this afternoon, one more than the whole Fulham side managed. pic.twitter.com/b3hdU4Harv— Squawka Dave (@SquawkaDave) March 30, 2014
James Davies couldn’t hide his delight at the player’s performance:
Lukaku has got so much more in his game than goals. Brilliant player:— James Davies (@James_TA_Davies) March 30, 2014
His 12 goals and six assists in 24 appearances (two as sub) per WhoScored.com is a great return for the player, and TX Bill thinks Lukaku is a better player with Steven Naismith alongside, the latter getting his chance on Sunday because of Ross Barkley’s untimely injury:
Is it me or is Lukaku a different player with Naismith next to him.— TX Bill (@GOT_TXBill) March 30, 2014
Luke Holden made a bizarre suggestion that Lukaku’s Everton side didn’t deserve the chance of Champions League football because the Belgian, in his opinion their best player, isn’t even Everton’s player:
As good as Everton have been, they don't deserve champions league simply because their best player isn't even their player! #lukaku— Luke Holden (@LukeHolden5) March 30, 2014
Clearly, Lukaku has made the requisite impression on the Blue half of Merseyside, and after the game against Fulham, Edvin Hernandez no doubt spoke for all Everton fans and gave a fairly simple opinion of what it is he wants:
I'd like to see lukaku stay at Everton— Edvin Hernandez (@TheEH12) March 30, 2014
Should Mourinho decide to let Lukaku leave Stamford Bridge, he won’t come cheap.
Jason Burt of The Telegraph notes that £20 million will be required for any interested purchase to secure the player’s services.
Whilst some may baulk at such a figure, Lukaku’s progression so far indicates he is destined for the very top, and at just 20 years of age, has at least a decade in him at the top level.
£2 million per season?
For someone that guarantees you goals and much more, most would agree that’s money well spent.