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Friday, Feb. 5
Lukaku Serves as Focal Point of Everton Strike Force
Lukaku plays a vital role as the Toffees' main target in attack. His combination of size, power and finishing ability makes him one of the Premier League's most dangerous forwards, which is why losing him for any period of time represents a major setback for the club.
He's remained durable for the most part since his rise began during a loan stay with West Bromwich Albion in 2012-13. The ailments he's dealt with have been of the minor variety, and that's held true this term. He missed a little bit of action with an ankle issue in early January, though.
If the Belgium international is forced out of the lineup going forward, Arouna Kone figures to get the first crack at the starting role, while forward Oumar Niasse was signed from Lokomotiv Moscow in January.
Of course, the Everton attack couldn't be expected to produce at nearly the same rate without Lukaku. That's worrisome for a side that's endured some defensive woes this season.