New Delhi: A sensational Romelu Lukaku on Saturday became the leading Belgian scorer in English Premier League, overtaking Christain Benteke's tally of 42 goals.
The 22-year-old striker scored twice in Everton's impressive 3-0 win over Southampton at St Mary's to make his EPL tally 44. The former Chelsea player opened the scoring as early as 22nd minute from a sublime pass from cross from Arouna Kone. Lukaku doubled the lead at the stroke of half-time from a Ross Barkley set-up. Barkley scored the third goal in the 84th minute to complete the rout.
Lukaku, who arrived in England from Anderlecht in 2011, failed to impress during his three season stay at Chelsea, playing only 10 games without scoring. He was loaned to West Bromwich Albion for the 2012-13 season. He scored 17 goals in 35 appearances for the Albions.
He then agreed to play for Everton on loan next season, and scored 15 goals in 31 appearances. On July 30 2014, he signed a five-year contract with Everton, finally ending his loan errands. He scored ten times in 36 games last season.
His Belgian compatriot Benteke had scored 42 goals for Aston Villa in 88 appearances spanning three seasons. However, the Villa legend recently moved to Liverpool for an estimated £32.5 million transfer.
After today's win, Everton are placed second in league table, behind Manchester United. Everton were held to a 2-2 draw by promoted side Watford at Goodison Park last week.
Benteke's Liverpool will play their second game of the season tomorrow against another promoted side, Bournemouth at Anfield. They have won their opening game against Stoke City thanks to a brilliant Philippe Coutinho long ranger.
Even before the kick-off, Lukaku had impressed the Southampton crowd by offering his sincere apologies to a fan, who was hit by off-target ball.
The Belgian scrambled into the stands behind the goal at St Mary's offered his apologies to the Southampton supporter, to the acceptance of home crowd.