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30th Dec, 2016 | 2:57pm

Michael Owen claims this Everton player will be the difference v Hull

By Dominic Toner

Michael Owen believes that Everton forward Romelu Lukaku will be crucial in the Premier League game against Hull.

The Toffees travel to bottom of the league Hull on Friday night and will be looking to follow up their 2-0 win over Leicester in the last game.

Kevin Mirallas scored the opening goal in the second-half and Lukaku made sure of the points in stoppage time with a composed finish.

The Belgian striker managed to win a physical battle against Leicester centre-back Wes Morgan, before dribbling into the penalty area and slotting past Kasper Schmeichel.

Ronald Koeman’s side have a firm grip on seventh-placed in the Premier League and will move four points behind Manchester United in sixth with another win.

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Ex-Liverpool striker Owen claims that Lukaku’s quality will be the difference against Hull.

“Romelu Lukaku’s brilliant second goal for the Blues at the King Power highlighted the pace and power of the Belgian striker, and he might just be the difference between the teams at the KCOM,” Owen wrote in his BetVictor column.

Lukaku has been one of Everton’s most consistent performers this season and has continued to be clinical in front of goal.

The 23-year-old has now scored 10 goals in 18 appearances across all competitions this season and is the biggest goal threat for the Merseyside club.

He is expected to enjoy great success against a vulnerable Hull defence, who have conceded 39 goals in 18 league games.

In other Everton news, Koeman has issued a warning ahead of the game against Hull.