Lukaku apparently scored twice in a 4-1 win but it is unclear whether either player will start at Leicester when the new Premier League campaign kicks off on Saturday.
Both players had extended breaks after the World Cup and did not feature in any of the Blues' full pre-season friendlies.
Seamus Coleman did not partake in the match, though, increasing doubts that he will play at the King Power Stadium this weekend. The Irish fullback is still nursing a hamstring strain picked up in pre-season.
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1 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:04:09
2 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:05:11
3 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:10:16
4 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:12:31
5 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:14:52
6 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:18:25
7 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:21:36
8 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:08:06
I have a hunch that we will start with the game without them, and they will be on the bench, depending on whether the starting eleven are swimming, or if sinking, he may decide to bring them to the rescue. I hope, that is not the case, and obviously, likewise that it is not too late in the game, to have any effect.
As for David Henen, I fail to see what further hold-ups there could be, and I agree they seem to have had him long enough, for things like agreements and paperwork, to have been ironed out, behind the scenes.
There again we all, and I include myself in that, are often too quick to assume it is incompetence at our end, but in reality it could well be the parent club, and, or, agents. (spit)
9 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:29:22
Do you think perhaps I am going over the top with this result?
10 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:31:19
I assumed from Sam's comment that I'd missed something.
11 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:29:26
12 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:33:26
13 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:37:01
14 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:45:26
15 Posted 11/08/2014 at 21:58:34
16 Posted 11/08/2014 at 22:05:31
I can't help you there with that one mate, because it WASN'T on Everton TV.:-)
17 Posted 11/08/2014 at 22:10:28
18 Posted 11/08/2014 at 22:22:31
19 Posted 11/08/2014 at 22:23:48
If Anderlecht have changed the terms of the deal drastically, then Everton can't just accept passively. However, a fast resolution without the player being publicly frustrated would be beneficial to the club (we have, after all, two senior Belgian players at the club), not only the player. Moreover, we should do our business more quietly and clinically, as in the old days (as much as that is possible in the modern world, anyway).
It's clear from Henen's tweets that either he's a bit of a loose cannon or that the club just haven't kept him in the loop sufficiently. The latter is unacceptable, if the case.
Having said all that, I hope we get him.
20 Posted 11/08/2014 at 22:26:21
Besic only cost ٢ million and heÂs an established international whoÂs just had a decent World Cup. IÂd much rather use whatever cash weÂve got to improve the senior squad for this coming season and do everything in our power to win a trophy or get in the top four, then spread the cash around.
21 Posted 11/08/2014 at 23:16:51
22 Posted 11/08/2014 at 23:37:27
How could it be amateur defending, when they are getting a handsome purse? :-)
Something has got to be changed for Saturday mate, it'll be hard enough to score goals without the Belgians, and the prolific Kone, but if we start shipping them at the back.
We're doomed! (John Laurie / Phil Walling)
23 Posted 12/08/2014 at 00:30:26
You are spot-on, mate: Lukaku and Mirallas have to start at the weekend an try and bag us the points within the first hour or so.
As for Henen, we need to get this lad sewn up. ThereÂs been so much written about him and all his potential, it would be a crying shame if we were to allow this deal to slip through our hands now.
24 Posted 12/08/2014 at 02:28:49
And thankfully we signed big Rom before this injury to Drogba Â– I wonder if the demented one is now thinking getting rid of Lukaku wasn’t so wise after all now that his golden child (Drogba) is injured. Sounds serious, too Â– it’s being reported he’s out for four months.
25 Posted 12/08/2014 at 03:30:31
"Quibbling over ١M ridiculous. He could be fantastic."
Conversely he could be rubbish, and thatÂs ١M... ThatÂs THREE MILLION POUNDS!!
It is clear that people saying Âjust pay it, no quibbleÂ just shows the total absence of experience of fiscal responsibility and appropriate risk profile assessment for many fans. ThatÂs real money, not a computer simulation, and if any responsible officer of any company I held shares in did not ÂquibbleÂ over sums like that, IÂd be calling for his/her head as that is the road to bankruptcy.
Every player is a commodity, with a value and an upper payment limit determined by the market. If one side suddenly decides that the value is twice our valuation, then I for one am more than happy that my club is prepared to walk away from a deal rather than just pay whatever anyone demands.
I still really canÂt get my head around the concept of a statement like ÂQuibbling over ١m ... ridiculous.Â Â– Jesus!!!
26 Posted 12/08/2014 at 06:20:05
If the deal falls through, we should teach Anderlecht a lesson by charging them for his month's board.
27 Posted 12/08/2014 at 08:48:32
28 Posted 12/08/2014 at 08:59:33
29 Posted 12/08/2014 at 09:18:58
etc. etc., you know the drill fella.
30 Posted 12/08/2014 at 09:19:44
31 Posted 12/08/2014 at 09:19:16
32 Posted 12/08/2014 at 10:09:27
١ million IS still a lot of money for someone who is going to play in our Under-21s! ١ million could get us Seamus, Cahill, Arteta, Gibson, Pienaar (first time round) for our FIRST TEAM!
This kid could be another Scott Sinclair! If itÂs going to be ١ million, IÂd expect pitch time with the first team this season. ١ million means he needs to be a lot better than McAleny, Long etc!
33 Posted 12/08/2014 at 09:59:51
Stones Jagielka Distin Baines
McGeady McCarthy Barry Pienaar
Subs: Robles, Hibbert, Besic, Gibson, Mirallas, Osman, Lukaku
Lukaku on at the 70th minute. Mirallas and Besic in the last 5-10 minutes, if we are leading by a handy margin.
The formation to close out the match could be (4-3-3):
Stones Jagielka Distin Baines
McCarthy Besic Barry
Mirallas Lukaku Naismith
(McGeady, Pienaar, Barkley subbed)
That is one strong looking bench! (And this is without Kone, Atsu, Oviedo, Coleman, Alcaraz, Garbutt, Duffy, Browning, Long, Another Loan Striker).
I would be okay with a 1-1 draw, but would love a 3-0 result (not going to happen!). This season, we are definitely going to smash someone 6-0..:-) COYB!
34 Posted 12/08/2014 at 10:47:28
35 Posted 12/08/2014 at 10:56:10
You've covered most of the bases with your 'strong bench' but failed to discuss tactics if (God forbid) we go behind.
Surely you (and Bobby) won't keep us waiting until 70 mins to see 'the Belgians', will you?
36 Posted 12/08/2014 at 12:36:48
He may have all the potential in the world and go on to score us a sack full of goals but its just as likely that he'll spend a couple of years out on loan before moving to wolves for 𧺬k.
There's no right answer either way but I'm glad we're taking the time to assess this one.
37 Posted 12/08/2014 at 12:48:21
If Martinez is convinced he will be the next Messi, then I'm sure the deal will be completed Â– ١ million or not.
38 Posted 12/08/2014 at 12:40:01
39 Posted 12/08/2014 at 13:01:01
40 Posted 12/08/2014 at 13:34:50
As for those worrying about pre-season in general, Lee Carsley writing in the Echo points out that the Everton players may well have had a training session on the morning of the game.
They certainly didn't prepare for the games in the normal way as they will have been 'over-training' to be fully fit for Leicester on Saturday rather than holding back in order to peak for the match at hand, which after all is said and done, did not matter one tiny little bit.
41 Posted 12/08/2014 at 14:37:29
42 Posted 12/08/2014 at 14:54:16
43 Posted 12/08/2014 at 15:22:08
45 Posted 12/08/2014 at 22:20:25
46 Posted 14/08/2014 at 12:09:44
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