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Lukaku what were you doing at 21?

20/02/2015  Comments (20)  jump
Romelu Lukaku has been subject to recent criticism from those who feel he isn't producing his best for Everton. Daniel Storey asks for patience with young players...

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Steve Higginson
1 Posted 20/02/2015 at 06:15:49
Interesting stats... and it may make a few rethink his value to us now and in the future.
Richard Harris
2 Posted 20/02/2015 at 16:54:48
Alan Ball was a World Cup winner at 21. This defence of Lukaku has no merit on the basis of his age.....
Derek Mullen
3 Posted 20/02/2015 at 17:13:03
Alan Ball was world class at 21 or any age, not just potential.

If we had eleven of him we would win everything forever. Possibly.

Colin Glassar
4 Posted 20/02/2015 at 17:20:58
And how many great players never won a World Cup, or a league title? Loads. That argument doesn't hold water.

Facts are facts and stats are stats and Lukaku is up there with the best of them... at 21.

Jackie Barry
5 Posted 20/02/2015 at 17:37:21
He is a good player, in my opinion, and will only get better. He can be frustrating as can many of our players; however, some people's criticism of him is bordering on pathetic in all honesty.
Peter Gorman
6 Posted 20/02/2015 at 17:59:42
I had better control of the football at 12 than he has at 21 so, meh.
Phil Walling
7 Posted 20/02/2015 at 18:18:07
I think most of us can say we have never seen a player with such poor ball control score so many goals.

Just how does he do it ?

James Hughes
8 Posted 20/02/2015 at 18:21:31
Peter Gorman, shame your control never turned into a career.
Wayne Smyth
9 Posted 20/02/2015 at 18:30:11
I like this quote. Quite nicely describes the general attitude of many posters:

"For now, Lukaku suffers from an ugly modern trend where people want to find reasons to criticise rather than compliment. It's never a case of congratulating a player for what they've done, but chastising them for what they haven't. "

Lukaku hasn't done a lot wrong this season. We know he agreed to play the first weeks still partly injured. Some of the sub par performances were probably down to that.

He hasn't had the service either. The team has been performing badly all season, yet people often focus on individuals. Especially if they've come in for big money; again something completely out of his hands.

We've seen his shit control, but we've also seen occasions when he's played superbly and his control and passing has been excellent. I think this shows it's down to form, confidence and concentration. Things he can improve on as he gets older.

I think he'll prove to be a shrewd signing.

Chris Leyland
10 Posted 20/02/2015 at 18:43:23
Yep, he is finally shite that Lukaku. Afterall, as the article states: "Since the beginning of 2012-13, only Luis Suarez, Robin van Persie and Sergio Aguero have scored more Premier League goals. The likes of Rooney, Olivier Giroud, Daniel Sturridge are all trailing behind."

And we all know that he has managed all this despite being 'lazy' oh and 'he can't control the ball' either apparently.

Stephen Brown
11 Posted 20/02/2015 at 19:30:10
Could be first Everton player since Graeme Sharp to score 100 goals for the club? I believe Tony Cottee got 99? Big Dunc 70 odd? Tim Cahill 60 odd? – from memory maybe should have googled. I know Hibbert has 0!
John Raftery
12 Posted 20/02/2015 at 20:42:42
Romelu is the best striker we have had in the past 25 years. He will become the complete centre forward in the years ahead. Let's enjoy his performances and his goals.
Guy Hastings
13 Posted 20/02/2015 at 20:53:07
There are lies, damnable lies and 'attempts on goal'.
Ian Bennett
14 Posted 20/02/2015 at 21:06:00
To be fair, he should have got 6 or 7 goals. English teams with bigger budgets should be smashing some of these European sides without Champions League bounties.
Paul Wharton
15 Posted 20/02/2015 at 21:38:51
Dixie Dean, 21 years of age just scoring 60 goals in a season that's all.
Peter Gorman
16 Posted 20/02/2015 at 22:14:20
James @8

Don't mistake my comment for a boast; my touch was nothing special, his is just wretched.

Jackie Barry
17 Posted 21/02/2015 at 01:54:01
Wretched and scores goals.
David Barks
18 Posted 21/02/2015 at 02:08:22
People just throw around words like "wretched". It obviously is in fact not wretched, otherwise he'd be useless. It could improve, could be more consistent. But "wretched" it is, in fact, not.
Peter Gorman
19 Posted 21/02/2015 at 11:39:09
I'll throw another word around; pedant.

How many times have we seen him cack up an opportunity due to his heavy (if I may throw that out) touch? Chelsea, Liverpool and even against Young Boys – without having to think beyond our last run of games.

For the record, I love the boy, at least I did until his moronic (.....yeah, that fits) comments about 'top clubs'. I also love how so many are prepared to leap to his defense following this hat-trick despite the general underwhelming return we've had from him all season.

Phil Walling
20 Posted 21/02/2015 at 12:04:26
One of the oldest adages in football is "You are only as good as your last game," and I suspect that holds true for most fans' memories!

Win well and all sins are forgiven and saintly status restored. And that applies to managers as well as multi-million pound strikers. But next time you lose, watch out as normal service will be resumed.....

Never been any different, really!

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