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15th Oct, 2016 | 6:13pm

Koeman praises Everton ace after display v Manchester City

By Dominic Toner

Ronald Koeman heaped praise on Romelu Lukaku after he scored for Everton against Manchester City.

The Belgian forward put the Toffees in front with a sublime 64th minute goal at the Etihad.

The 23-year-old made a powerful run inside the City half and cooly slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Nolito grabbed an equalising goal for City but Everton continued their impressive start with a credible 1-1 draw.

Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was the club’s hero in the match for saving two penalties, one each from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.

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Everton manager Koeman praised the influence of Lukaku though after the game and believes he is a top striker.

“We know Romelu Lukaku is one of the best strikers because he is wrong, keeps the ball and, normally, if he gets a chance, he scores,” Koeman said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

The Belgian international was tipped to leave Goodison Park in the summer after claiming he was ready to leave in order to challenge himself further.

He has opted to stay with the Merseyside club and has now scored six goals in just eight appearances across all competitions this season.

Koeman has shown his faith in the forward and he appears to be back to his best form.

Lukaku has now made 135 appearances for the Toffees and has scored an impressive 67 goals.

Everton are currently sixth in the table and just four points behind league leaders City, as they continue their pursuit of a European spot.

In the latest Everton team news, Oumar Niasse has shared what Koeman said to him.