By Alex Stevens

Gary Lineker paid tribute to Romelu Lukaku after he ended his goal drought with a hat-trick in Everton’s 3-0 win over Sunderland on Monday night.

Lukaku scored his first Everton goal since March, dating back 13 matches, when he broke the deadlock with a header at the hour mark in the Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light.

The Belgium international added a second with another header soon afterwards and completed an 11-minute hat-trick when he coolly slotted in to wrap up the three points for Ronald Koeman’s side.

Former Everton striker and TV host Lineker took to Twitter to urge fantasy football fans to pick Lukaku after his opener.

Shortly afterwards, Lineker posted another message on the social media site as he highlighted Lukaku’s ability at scoring goals in clusters.

Lukaku was a priority summer target for Chelsea after scoring 25 goals in 48 matches for a struggling Everton side last season.

But he pledged his future to the Merseysiders for another season before the summer window closed and has recovered from a heel injury at the start of the campaign to take his place as the spearhead of the attacker.

Lukaku’s return to form will be a huge boost for Everton, who have accumulated an impressive 10 points from their opening four league matches, including three consecutive wins.

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