Everton striker Romelu Lukaku among best in Europe, says Slaven Bilic
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 20/04/17 2:00pm
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has described Everton striker Romelu Lukaku as one of the best in Europe ahead of their Premier League meeting on Saturday.
The 23-year-old has scored in each of his last nine games against the Hammers and has been linked with a move to a number of top clubs over the summer.
The Belgium international has 25 goals in 34 appearances for Everton this season, as well as six goals in his last five games for his country.
"I rate him really highly and for me, he is one of the best striker not only in the Premier League, but in Europe," said Bilic.
"He is good, really good. He is consistent for his age, people forget how young he is.
"He has been on the radar for a long time, every season for Everton he has scored goals but he is getting better and better.
"Everton have done a great job to keep him and that shows how ambitious they are."
Bilic also denied suggestions he has had a bust-up with Diafra Sakho, who was missing from the squad which drew 2-2 at Sunderland last weekend.
There was speculation Sakho did not travel after refusing to be a substitute at the Stadium of Light but Bilic played down suggestions they had fallen out.
"There was no row, I should know about that because it was me who spoke with him, he was injured," added Bilic.