Hot Shot To Hot Foot Out Of Merseyside For Romelu Lukaku?
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 20, 2017
For an ever so brief moment, Everton had the chance to leapfrog Manchester United into sixth place in the Premier League. A fantastic run of results from Ronald Koeman’s men had culminated in a slow and steady closing of the gap on United and the other top five teams. Saturdays win over relegation candidates, Hull City, was enough to put the Toffees level on points with Arsenal in fifth.
Everton have only lost one League game since the turn of the year, away at Spurs two weeks ago. Koeman’s organised side have been helped massively by the goals of Belgian, Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku is currently leading the Premier League scoring charts, finding the net on 21 occasions. Thats two clear of now injured Tottenham and England star, Harry Kane. Lukaku is the first Everton player to score over 20 league goals in a season since the mid-80’s.
The last Blue to hit such heights, a certain Mr. Gary Lineker. 30 goals in a season in which Everton were competing for League and Cup doubles. With nine games to go, you certainly wouldn’t back against the Belgian forward breaking Lineker’s record for modern times goalscoring. Of course legendary forward, Dixie Dean would take some catching! Dean netting 60 times during the 1927-28 season.
Lukaku is still only 23, and with news of him refusing to sign a new contract, agents and clubs will no doubt be doing their due diligence on the Everton star. Chelsea signed him from Belgian club Anderlecht, and although Josè Mourinho didn’t fancy Lukaku, the forward never let it get him down and went about working hard to get back to the top. A loan spell at West Brom yielded seventeen goals in 41 appearances.
Newly appointed Blues boss, Roberto Martinez nipped in to take Lukaku on loan for the following season. A successful loan spell prompted the now Belgian manager to pay a club-record fee of £28 million in 2014.
Goals seem to come easy to Lukaku. He is one of only five players to have scored 50 Premier League goals before his 23rd birthday. A career total of 114 goals from only 249 appearances underlines how good this forward is. Questions have been raised of his attitude. Critics say that he has to be in the mood to play. His languid style makes him look to the untrained eye that he isn’t trying, but once he gets running, he’s like a train. Strong, physical attributes which mean that he really is the modern day striker.
With quotes and comments in the media stating that Romelu is looking for Champions League football, its clear for all to see that Lukaku has out-grown Everton. With the top four or five a shoe in for the next season or two, Everton have really hit their glass ceiling in sixth or seventh place.
Will Chelsea look to bring him back to the Bridge? Rumours circulating that Diego Costa is eyeing a return to Atletico, sooner rather than later. Lukaku would be an ideal replacement. Arsenal could be looking to strengthen in that area although they need to sort the managerial situation out first. Spurs play a similar system with only one forward, no doubt Lukaku would not want to be playing second fiddle to Kane. United and Jose, an interesting fit. Zlatan
Tottenham play a similar system with only one forward, no doubt Lukaku would not want to be playing second fiddle to Kane. Manchester United and Jose, an interesting fit. Zlatan can’t go on forever, no matter how super-human he thinks he is. Liverpool under Klopp would be a no no. Romelu is certainly not the high tempo pressing forward that Liverpool have in their systems.
So the question is will Everton cash in on their prized asset in the summer? or will Lukaku honour his deal and give the Merseyside’s another two years impeccable service? One things for sure, this story has legs and will run and run like a Lukaku inspired scoring streak. Destination unknown.