Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley were on top of their game on Saturday as Everton traveled to Southampton and grabbed a convincing 3-0 win over the Saints. Lukaku scored a brace and Barkley had a goal and an assist.
Everton had a disappointing campaign last season, as they finished in 11th place, 13 points off of Southampton who finished in 7th and took the final Europa League spot. But on Saturday the Toffees sent a clear message that they intend to be in the fight for a European cup spot as they defeated Southampton on the road 3-0.
Lukaku and Barkley were in fine form, and they will need to keep producing if Everton is to finish higher up the table this season. Lukaku scored twice against the Saints. His first goal came in the 22nd minute after the 22-year-old Belgian international won a duel inside the penalty and connected with a cross from Arouna Kone to head the ball into the back of the net. He added his second goal right before halftime and a nice give and go with Barkley, right outside the penalty area and slotted the ball in with his left foot.
Barkley, 21, who scored an absolute screamer in the opening game against Watford, scored the final goal of the game in the 84th minute. Barkley got the ball from Seamus Coleman inside the left area of the penalty box, put the ball on his right foot and curled in behind Maarten Stekelenburg in the Southampton net.
Tim Howard recorded his 127th Premier League shutout, and the 36-year-old American international is 10th on the all-time list. Howard is just two shutouts behind Peter Schmeichel in 9th.
Everton has four points in two games and sits in third after Saturday’s action.