By Dominic Toner

Ronald Koeman has revealed that Romelu Lukaku will need support from his team-mates.

The Everton forward opened his goal scoring account for the season in a 3-0 win against Sunderland by netting the Premier League’s first hat-trick of the season.

The 23-year-old elected to stay at Goodison Park in the summer, despite speculation linking him with a move back to former club Chelsea, and is set to continue as the club’s first-choice striker.

Everton boss Koeman has explained that the Belgian striker will need support from other players to be successful, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

“It’s always a boost when your strikers score goals,” he said. “We need to support Lukaku and give him the chances.”

The Toffees are blessed with several attacking options who can all provide the ammunition for Lukaku.

Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley and Yannick Bolaise have started the season as the club’s preferred options, with the likes of Gerard Deulofeu, Aaron Lennon and youngster Tom Davies available from the bench.

Lukaku has now notched up a remarkable 122 career goals and is ranked above Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of goals scored at the age of 23.

Koeman, who took charge of Everton in the summer, has enjoyed a successful start and is unbeaten in his first five competitive matches.

Everton currently sit third in the table and have recorded wins against West Brom, Stoke and Sunderland already.

In other Everton team news, Rodney Marsh has claimed that the club’s midfielder should have quite the club two years ago.