Everton put up a spirited showing against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday but failed to close the gap on Manchester United, slipping to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Nevertheless, the Toffees appear to be on an upward trajectory under Ronald Koeman and barring any dramatic upheaval in the summer are well placed to mount a serious challenge on the top six positions in the league next year.
Central to those efforts will be Romelu Lukaku, who continues to show he is the talismanic force Everton require to be a successful side in the English top-flight. He was on the scoresheet again at White Hart Lane, sparking the beginnings of a comeback before Spurs killed the game off in the final minutes of the match.
As this stat from Squawka shows, it was a goal that now sets him apart as a modern legend at Goodison Park, becoming the club’s leading goalscorer in the Premier League era.
Romelu Lukaku has now scored more Premier League goals (61) for Everton than any other player in the club's history. ???? pic.twitter.com/zGqHnVAsvh
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 5, 2017
It’s a fantastic achievement and a total that is likely to be stretched further and further should he stay at the club beyond the upcoming transfer window.
Retaining Lukaku is going to be vital to Ronald Koeman’s ambitions but if he can convince the Belgian striker to stay, the good times are just beginning at Goodison.