Quite apart from pouring scorn on suggestions about Everton’s centre-forward possibly losing his domestic scoring touch, the excellence of Lukaku, Yannick Bolasie and Gerard Deulofeu left the Wearsiders with a solitary point from David Moyes’ first four games in charge. Their extraordinary collapse as Ronald Koeman’s team rose to third place does not bode well.
Until they had conceded the first goal, Sunderland were a Moyes outfit. Defiant, gritty and resolute, but they fell apart once Lukaku had headed in, unmarked, a cross from Idrissa Gueye. The way they crumbled after that was alarming. Moyes was furious.
There was a lack of defensive resolve, non-existent marking, as Lukaku headed in his second, this time from a cross by Yannick Bolasie. The third was just as bad, Lukaku holding a simple run, allowing Gareth Barry to play a straight through ball, which he ran on to and slotted confidently past Jordan Pickford.