First of all, I apologize for being away for so long. I have actually been appointed lead editor and manager for soccer as well as fantasy sports at HoundSports. I have been very busy trying to keep the content flowing over there as well as recruiting other writers. However, I have not forgotten about you all and I will do my best to post as much as I can but naturally it will be difficult as I juggle that position along with a full time job and spending time with the family.
Anyway, enough about that. I'm here to talk to you about a certain Belgian striker who has been out injured for a while and is now back and scoring for fun.
Romelu Lukaku has been back for a total of two games and he has scored in both of those games.
His first came in his first game back where he came off the bench in the 59th minute and scored the winning goal in the 81st minute against West Ham to give Everton a 1-0 victory. A vital victory for his side after the heartbreaking loss to Chelsea the week before.
His second game back was last week in an FA Cup quarterfinal match against Arsenal. Unfortunately for him and for his team, Arsenal were in top form and cruised to a 4-1 victory. However, Lukaku provided the equalizer in the 32nd minute after Mesut Ozil put the Gunners ahead in the 7th minute. After that, Arsenal completely took over and scored three goals in the second half to put the game away and advance to the semi finals of the FA Cup.
Next up for Lukaku is Cardiff City. The Bluebirds/Red Dragons/Vincent Tan's have allowed 50 goals on the season - the second most amongst all teams in the Premier League. The only other team with more goals conceded is Fulham (sorry, Brian) with 65. Sixty-five!
After Cardiff, the schedule ahead for Lukaku is actually quite favorable:
The next four games could be absolutely huge for Lukaku and you would be wise to get him in your lineups before you regret it.
Also, I would just like to add Christian Eriksen is awesome. After missing a couple of games, he returned to action in the Europa League and scored Tottenham's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Benfica. He is by far the best purchase Tottenham made all season. If only Tim Sherwood could see that.
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