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3rd Jan, 2017 | 6:15am

Chris Sutton: This senior player is not being helped by Everton

By Amir Mir

Chris Sutton has stated that Romelu Lukaku is not being helped by his Everton teammates because there is not enough bodies around him.

Ronald Koeman’s side secured a much-needed three points against Southampton on Monday afternoon with the club’s senior player Lukaku getting on the scoresheet.

It was a dull affair until Enner Valencia came on midway through the second half with the game goalless.

The West Ham loanee opened the scoring after 73 minutes when he drilled his shot home after Lukaku’s header was saved.

The Ecuador international was involved once again, this time winning a penalty which was duly converted by left-back Leighton Baines.

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Before Belgian Lukaku made sure of all three points when he found the back of the net one minute from time.

But former Premier League winner Sutton believes this is the way to get the best out of the Toffees star player.

“Romelu Lukaku’s work rate has been questioned in recent weeks but he has not been helped by Everton failing to get enough bodies around him,” Sutton wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.

“When Enner Valencia came on Everton looked far more dangerous as Lukaku benefits from having someone alongside him.

“He was instrumental in the build-up to Valencia’s goal and scored one himself.”

Lukaku has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 11 goals in 19 Premier League games for Koeman’s side.

During his last six league fixtures, he has scored four goals and provided one assist as the Toffees have picked up ten points during that period.

That includes beating Premier League title chasers Arsenal on home soil and defeating Champions Leicester City away from home.

The Merseyside club’s next league game will be against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at Goodison Park on January 15.

In other Everton news, this midfielder has signed after the club settled terms.