By Harvey Byrne

Danny Mills has hailed Everton star Romelu Lukaku as a “phenomenal striker” ahead of the Toffees clash with Southampton.

The Sky Sports pundit was discussing who he would prefer between Lukaku and the Saints’ in form striker Charlie Austin.

The duo have played 11 Premier League games this season, with Austin scoring five goals and Lukaku trumping him with seven.

Former Premier League and England full-back Mills favoured the stats and went the side of the Toffees 23-year-old.

“I think you’d have to go with Lukaku,” started Mills speaking on Sky Sports News. “At the moment, he’s younger and more energetic.

“Charlie Austin has done fabulous, a real good goal scorer. Can he last the whole season? Not quite so sure, but I think Lukaku has done it season in season out at several different clubs. You play to his strengths he’s a phenomenal striker. So much power, so much ability as well and again youth on his side.”

Lukaku is considered one of the best strikers in England following his exploits since his club record £28million move to Everton from Chelsea in 2014.

He has scored an impressive 68 goals in 140 appearances for the Toffees in all competitions, including his loan spell.

This has led to the striker being continuously linked with a move away from Goodison Park.

However, after staying in the summer he has helped the club into to a seventh place position in the current league table and is expected to feature at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon.

The match will have added relevance for manager Ronald Koeman, who returns to his old home after leaving Southampton for the Toffees in the summer.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are lining up a January bid for this 19-year-old starlet.