LONDON (AP) — Romelu Lukaku scored the winning goal on his debut after Everton twice came from behind to beat West Ham 3-2 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The Belgium striker headed in a cross from Kevin Mirallas at Upton Park in the 85th minute but needed treatment after clashing heads with Joey O'Brien in the act of scoring.
Lukaku was able to continue as the dominant figure on the pitch and strengthen the suspicion that Chelsea was unwise to send him to Goodison Park on a season-long loan.
"Romelu is the type of striker that influences everyone around him because of the gaps he creates. Other players around him become a threat," Everton manager Roberto Martinez said. "The goal is everything that typifies him — the character and desire to want to be successful. That's why he will be such a big asset.
"He's a very intelligent footballer and I want him to continue enjoying his football because his potential is incredible."
Leighton Baines scored Everton's other goals with two brilliant free kicks.
"We are well aware of the quality Leighton has. The first free kick shows that," Martinez said. "Where he takes his quality to the next level is by scoring with a completely different type of free kick. That's what makes him special.
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