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Lukaku can't spark Belgium fightback

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Romelu Lukaku had to be content with a place on the bench for his country's Euro2016 qualifier in Cardiff this evening but he was brought on at half time in the Red Devils' defeat to Wales.

The Welsh, seeking a place in the finals pf a major tournament for the first time since 1958, took the lead when Gareth Bale capitalised on an awful error by Nainggolan.

Hal Robson-Kanu almost made it 2-0 but he could only smack a first-time shot just past the post after a good save by Thibault Courtois but a poor clearance by Toby Alderweireld.

Lukaku came off the bench partner Aston Villa's Christian Benteke as Marc Wilmots went for a two-pronged attack in the second half but neither forward got a sniff of an equaliser.

Lukaku's Everton teammate Kevin Mirallas was also named as a substitute but did not see any action as Belgium were knocked off the top of the qualifying group B after this result.

Meanwhile, Muhamed Besic played the full 90 minutes as Bosnia and Herzegovina registered a 3-1 win over Israel in Zenica.  


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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 12/06/2015 at 21:09:50
Wales's defence has had Lukaku and Benteke in their arse pocket!

Rom has been introduced but so far he just trots about on the pitch, nothing new there I suppose. Just shows that passion does a hell of a lot for you in football, Wales have it in abundance, as for Belgium?? IÂ’m still not convinced by their attitude or application to work as a team, too many inflated egos and not prepared to role up their sleeves, much like the Dutch.

CanÂ’t get my head around how two big physical specimens in Benteke and Lukaku can be so half-hearted in everything they do. I have said it before about Rom: he just doesnÂ’t have that hunger or fire in his belly to make it to the very very top, IÂ’m not bothered about Benteke he doesnÂ’t play for us, but Lukaku?? ...the lad's lack of effort seriously needs looking at.

Ian McDowell
2 Posted 12/06/2015 at 21:28:14
Watching Lukaku is joke tonight. He canÂ’t even control the ball or pass it 5 yards. Get rid off this joker ASAP.
Ian McDowell
4 Posted 12/06/2015 at 21:32:31
Jim, both are hugely overrated and are only worth the money in England because of the massive TV deals.
Mike Oates
5 Posted 12/06/2015 at 21:39:05
Lukaku once again looked as though he has lost his fitness, even though only 2-3 weeks since he last played. Belgium flatter to deceive, really are not No 2 in the world; lifeless, no pace, no structure to the team. It makes Lukaku look even worse than he is...
Colin Glassar
6 Posted 12/06/2015 at 21:40:49
Oh Lukaku, with that kind of effort, you ainÂ’t going to get far, lad.
Patrick Murphy
7 Posted 12/06/2015 at 21:42:59
That was a pitiful performance by the whole Belgium team... and as for Rom – well, if that is how he performs for his national team and how he may perform for us next season, we need another striker pretty damn quick.

The Welsh forward who hasnÂ’t got a great deal in his locker ran his socks off for his team as did the whole of the Welsh team. Deserved win for the Welsh and as usual the Belgians bottled it. What does it say about Mirallas if he canÂ’t even get onto the pitch?

Oliver Molloy
8 Posted 12/06/2015 at 21:49:34
Big congratulations to Wales and to any Welsh ToffeeWeb heads out there. As for Lukaku and his strike partner, the less said the better!
Jim Bennings
9 Posted 12/06/2015 at 21:45:02
ItÂ’s becoming more and more apparent now though that Lukaku shares the same annoying traits as former blue Victor Anichebe, built like a bodybuilder but plays with the heart and strength of a ballet dancer.

Mourinho knew something was just not there with Lukaku, something just not right for a player that everyone keeps harping on about as "potential".

Tony Abrahams
10 Posted 12/06/2015 at 21:50:11
I watched the game from the hour mark and thought Lukaku looked poor, then I read he only played the second half.

Talk all you want Rom, but if you're not prepared to put the effort in, you will never get anywhere near where you think you should be.

Patrick Murphy
11 Posted 12/06/2015 at 21:56:04
Tony – He only came on to the pitch at half-time; when Barry Horne openly criticises any Everton player in any game, you know that the lad has had a 'mare. I think he completed one maybe two passes and spent most of the half walking about in a two-yard circle.

He wasnÂ’t the only one but, when you consider that he and Benteke have a combined value of circa 㿨M, there is something very wrong with their attitudes and / or with the game itself.

Colin Metcalfe
12 Posted 12/06/2015 at 21:55:07
I have seen enough of "Big Rom" to know he is vastly overrated and it would be a wise move to get rid now and cut our losses.

I read today that Spurs are interested in bringing Llorente to the Premier League... maybe we could throw our hat in the ring?

Kelvin Thomas
13 Posted 12/06/2015 at 22:13:54
Thanks Oliver.
Colin Glassar
14 Posted 12/06/2015 at 22:25:36
The Belgians have a team of superstars but lack a leader (Kompany wasn’t playing) and a bit of grit. Like Jim said, they’re like the Dutch – all flair, no grit.
Kase Chow
15 Posted 13/06/2015 at 00:05:29
Lukaku looked terrible tonight.

I really donÂ’t know why he keeps running his mouth.

Paul Kossoff
17 Posted 13/06/2015 at 01:48:17
Jim 9, Rom has the strength and heart of a ballet dancer? If he did he would be a fitter faster player giving 100%; you do ballet dancers an injustice.
Brian Porter
18 Posted 13/06/2015 at 02:08:14
Lukaku was embarrassing tonight. No fire, no spark, and sadly and most importantly, very little ability.

Contrast his performance with that of Mo Besic for Bosnia. The little guy ran his heart out for his country as did most of his teammates. The Belgians seemed to think they only had to turn up to win.

Vastly overrated and no wonder FIFA is in such a mess when this team is ranked in the top two in the world. I wouldnÂ’t even place a team like that in the top ten!

Anthony Jaras
19 Posted 13/06/2015 at 03:13:14
Thomas Surgenor – You can't remember ONE great goal Lukaku scored? How about his screamer in our final Europa League game?

For the record, I'm not really a Lukaku fan, for many of the reasons mentioned above (poor first touch, lazy, doesn't win headers, etc) and I feel that, if a decent offer came in, we should take it.

The lad rates himself too highly and he has no right to.

I'd love to sign a new first-choice striker and give him a challenge to truly be number one.

Charlie Austin would be my first choice as he can head, use both feet, and works his socks off. He'd cost half the price of Lukaku and is more of a team player. Maybe then, Rom would pull his finger out and we could pair them up. Javier Hernandez would also be worth a punt, maybe on loan.

We are certainly short of quality and options up top.

Phil Sammon
20 Posted 13/06/2015 at 03:19:09
The knives are well and truly out for Lukaku!

Understandable, I suppose. HeÂ’s been a big disappointment this season and his utterings to the press have done nothing to endear him to the fans. Next season is looking very likely to begin under a very gloomy cloud. If we donÂ’t get off to a flyer, it could all turn very sour, very quickly.

The only way I could muster any sort of optimism for the upcoming season is to see at least two signings that will improve our starting eleven. I canÂ’t see that happening. Option two is to sack the manager... but thatÂ’s obviously not on the cards either.

So letÂ’s all moan and whinge and accept that the inevitable will drag on for another 4 months at least. Sigh.

Jim Knightley
21 Posted 13/06/2015 at 04:11:53
Brian... how did you manage to watch both BesicÂ’s and LukakuÂ’s performances at the same time?

Lukaku has scored a significant amount of goals given his age. Why don't you guys try supporting, instead of criticising, him? If a Lukaku, who managed 32 Prem goals in 49? starts before he turned 21, scored so effectively without any first touch control etc, what could he achieve when he improves technically?

(And donÂ’t give me bullshit about players donÂ’t improve technically... they do, and they do it all the time). What was the Drogba he is so often compared doing at 22? Actually, do you remember DrogbaÂ’s performances and touch when he first came to this league?

Lukaku has only just turned 22. He is a kid, and his confidence is low. WeÂ’ve utterly failed to play to his strengths this season. When his confidence is up, his touch improves, as does that of any player. He is the best striker weÂ’ve had in a very long time, and one of the most important young players at the club.

I just donÂ’t understand the reasoning of fans who look to criticise their own players at every opportunity. And itÂ’s not just because a player, a 21-year-old at the time, discussed his ambitions. The same things happened with Hibbert and Osman over several years, and they are as loyal as they come.

There is a peculiar and aggressive negativity in these forums at times – I do not see the point of it. If you want to criticise someone, criticise the manager under whom both Barkley and Lukaku have gone backwards because he has refused to play to their strengths.

Phil Sammon
22 Posted 13/06/2015 at 05:05:54
Jim

Though I agree with the general thrust of your argument, you canÂ’t possibly tell people they cannot criticise Â’xÂ’ but may criticise Â’yÂ’. A lot of people, justly, question LukakuÂ’s ability and commitment.

Amit Vithlani
23 Posted 13/06/2015 at 05:54:30
I donÂ’t care how Rom performs for Belgium. The whole team was poor and off field issues may have played a part (Wilmots looking to exit). What matters surely is how he plays for us.

He had some rank performances and a few excellent ones last season, and when fired up is a superb striker. When he is off the boil, he stinks. However, next season he needs to step it up for us on a regular basis, particularly in the league, where we need him to impose his strength.

The comparison with Anichebe is ludicrous. Lukaku is a much better finisher. His record does not compare with AnichebeÂ’s.

Mike Price
24 Posted 13/06/2015 at 07:22:49
Shocking display. He has a weight problem... his arse after a few weeks is massive, which means heÂ’s heavy, clumsy and is a big problem going forward for us.

If we can get close to our money back we should get rid, even if there just may be a great striker in there somewhere.

HeÂ’s not Everton, so hopefully this OTT agent could do us a favour.

David Barks
25 Posted 13/06/2015 at 08:04:30
Jesus Christ. This lot would complain that Ronaldo doesnÂ’t track back enough. Honestly itÂ’s sad.

Most talented striker weÂ’ve had in decades, but stuck in a team forced to play slow possessions football that is full of passing among the back four. But IÂ’m sure that his substitute appearance is totally to blame for BelgiumÂ’s result. Yeah, that makes total sense.

Steve Hogan
26 Posted 13/06/2015 at 08:05:34
People have very short memories of Lukaku, during his loan spell with us, and after a brilliant goal against Arsenal at Goodison, virtually everyone wanted him to sign on permanently.

Now, apparently, heÂ’s lazy, canÂ’t trap a ball, canÂ’t run, yet is still our best goalscorer for ages, but some people on here want shut!

Fickle, yes we really are.

Jim Bennings
27 Posted 13/06/2015 at 08:17:49
Haha – Belgium manager furious with Lukaku and Benteke for "just standing there like two poles". Believe me, mate, we have seen it time and time again with Rom.

The comparison with Anichebe is not goal wise, itÂ’s the same traits in personality: he doesnÂ’t like getting hurt, he doesnÂ’t run or get involved enough... and, for a man of his unique physical strength, he doesnÂ’t bully defenders.

It does not improve with age, just look at Anichebe.

ItÂ’s the lad's personality to be half-interested.

Eugene Kearney
28 Posted 13/06/2015 at 08:27:59
Good post, Steve Hogan (26).

Thomas Surgenor
29 Posted 13/06/2015 at 08:35:20
Ohh... so Benteke was useless and "like a pole"... DidnÂ’t everyone on here think we should've bust the bank for him?

Get off Big Rom's back, for all his downfalls, I still want him to succeed and regain his first season form.

Phil Walling
30 Posted 13/06/2015 at 08:39:49
The most perceptive remark I have heard about the Belgium team this morning is that they possess Â’too many mood playersÂ’.

Certainly that is true of the two in our team. We can never be sure how the will feel Â’on the dayÂ’. But itÂ’s not as though they were on big money last night, so too much to expect they should put in a shift for their country, isnÂ’t it ?

Ray Roche
31 Posted 13/06/2015 at 08:37:28
Jim Knightley @21

Jim, your support for Lukaku has always been admirable, but when you say "what could he achieve when he improves technically", well, heÂ’s been here for two seasons and his technical ability has not improved and his attitude and commitment have got worse. His much criticised first touch is no better or arguably worse than when he joined us on loan. If players DO improve technically "all the time", itÂ’s way past the time when he should have started to look like a 㿈M man.

When we signed him, you and I had a discussion as to his merits in which I said I was pleased that heÂ’d signed but felt that weÂ’d been shafted by Chelsea by having to pay so much for him. I still feel the same. I see little in his game to make me think that heÂ’ll emulate Drogba and agree that he resembles Anichebe more than his hero Didier. And by that I mean by comparing his attitude with that of AnichebeÂ’s, not necessarily his talent.

I would really love Lukaku to be the player we want him to be but itÂ’s up to him to improve his game (if he can!) and up to him to improve his attitude and respect for the club and fans, starting with keeping his mouth shut. He may be "only 22", "a kid" but thatÂ’s old enough to show respect for people.

Unfortunately he seems to believe his own publicity, or, at least, believes the Thin Spanish Waiter who states that heÂ’ll become the worldÂ’s best striker. And when that tubby little upstart of an agent implies that heÂ’s too good for Everton maybe heÂ’s started to believe that too.

His scoring statistics look good but until or unless we have a manager who can get the best out of him and play a system that suits him heÂ’ll carry on looking the lump that he often does. So Martinez must shoulder SOME of the blame and time will tell if Martinez has the technical nous to improve his game.

Interestingly, George Green has been binned at 19, despite being lauded as the next best thing, so maybe attitudes and ability are not always thought to improve sufficiently to hang on to a talent.

Incidentally, the Wales game was shown here in Wales at 22:30 so it was possible for Brian to watch both games...

Dave Abrahams
32 Posted 13/06/2015 at 09:26:57
Ray (28), very well put, the lad has got to improve a great deal before Everton get their money back on him. I was hoping for a decent profit on him, when he eventually goes,which he will, but that looks unlikely now.
Jim Jennings
33 Posted 13/06/2015 at 09:27:22
"The Thin Spanish Waiter?"

A new low, even for these message boards.

Ray Roche
34 Posted 13/06/2015 at 09:39:53
Jim, as opposed to Benitez, The Fat Spanish Waiter. Tongue in cheek. (And IÂ’ve seen much lower than THAT on these boards!)
Joe Foster
35 Posted 13/06/2015 at 09:46:16
Jeez Jim J, easily offended much?
Ben Mackenzie
36 Posted 13/06/2015 at 09:52:16
Lukaku looked good for us up till Xmas 2013; since then, itÂ’s my opinion, heÂ’s been woeful.

He has pace and strength and can finish occasionally. He has very little technical ability and poor positional sense. HeÂ’ll end up being one of those players by virtue of his size at a young age that did well in his teens but faded into obscurity.

Tony Cheek
37 Posted 13/06/2015 at 10:03:12
The most frustrating thing about Lukaku is that in just a couple of games he has looked like a top striker. The FA Cup game against West Ham springs to mind. He looked dangerous everytime he got the ball. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. So why does he look like a clumsy schoolboy in the next ten matches? It must be a mental thing with him.

I couldn't believe it when we agreed on 㿈 mill for him. There will always be more games where he disappoints than satisfies.

And as for learning things like first touch as he gets older, believe me, if you don't have it when you are 22, then you will never have it. I see kids at the school I work at with a better touch every day. You get to be a PL player because you have what it takes. You don't start learning when you get there!

Craig Fletcher
38 Posted 13/06/2015 at 10:40:44
Jim Bennings (27)

"He doesn’t like getting hurt." – I take it you are referring to the same Lukaku who knocked himself out whilst scoring his first goal for our club?

Some of the self-deluded, attention-seeking comments here are unbelievable.
Steve Hogan (26) agreed. In August of last year, it seemed to be all of our dreams came true when we signed Lukaku permanently; now that the lad has had a less than stellar season, and apparently he is half-arsed, canÂ’t trap a ball, canÂ’t get into space, and lacks courage.

Get behind the lad. No he hasnÂ’t looked the same player in the season just gone, IÂ’m sure both him and Martinez know that better than anyone (in spite of what may be said in public). They will be the better judge of what went wrong last season than we will ever be. It amazes me that people who, IÂ’m assuming, have never even met the lad, label his personality as "half-interested".

I wonder if Romelu turned up at some of your workplaces, if he would label you as half-arsed, overweight, and half-interested. Possibly.

Patrick Murphy
39 Posted 13/06/2015 at 11:26:01
IÂ’m not sure that the comments on this site will make Lukaku a better or worse player, when the lad pulls on the Royal Blue Jersey we will all mostly want to see him do well and will get behind him.

However, that doesnÂ’t mean that people canÂ’t describe or react to how they viewed his performance in any particular game either for Everton or for Belgium. ItÂ’s not as if his performance was an isolated blip for him he has produced many more of those type of performances in an Everton shirt and that is what his critics are worried about.

When any team visits Goodison next season and sits back as has been the case many times, Lukaku will be found wanting. For those who say that it is the manager's fault or the tactics employed then have a look at how many crosses were put in last night by the Belgians and how many occasions Lukaku looked like getting on the end of them.

He is a forward that has to be spoon-fed inside the penalty area and few teams are going to give him the space he requires inside or outside of the area. Latchford was similar to Rom in that he didn’t move a great deal but, when he did, it was with purpose and desire and he was always on the alert for the half-chance. Lukaku is more Yakubu than Latchford: moody, self-centred and not a team player. Forget about his age and price-tag – a striker should be an asset to the team, not a liability; at the moment, Rom is the latter.

Unfortunately there is nothing about his attitude and general demeanour that suggests that he will radically alter and therefore we should be prepared to see even more of last night's Romelu rather than the one we had hoped to see when we signed him.

James Stewart
40 Posted 13/06/2015 at 12:02:32
Never been impressed by Wilmots – a really poor manager.
Ray Roche
41 Posted 13/06/2015 at 12:05:20
Craig Fletcher @38

Craig, I donÂ’t see any "self-deluded, attention-seeking comments" on here, only fans who can see, and are prepared to comment on, the shortcomings of our record transfer player.

We all, IÂ’m sure, want Lukaku to do well while heÂ’s here. He always comes across as intelligent and well educated and is no doubt a very nice chap off the field. But itÂ’d be better if he were to put as much effort into his game as he does these days in telling every man and his dog that he deserves a top Champions League club. A club similar to the one that sold him..

Incidentally, if you consider Lukaku up to Premier League standards regarding his "first touch", then one might suggest that itÂ’s you who is deluding himself.

Paul Tran
42 Posted 13/06/2015 at 12:12:10
When I was growing up in the world of work, I was always told that if you want to get promoted, you act and work like you belong at that level and people will see that youÂ’re ready.

Maybe Lukaku could consider that?

Harold Matthews
43 Posted 13/06/2015 at 09:25:59
Yes, he was very poor last night but it didnÂ’t worry me too much. Asked to play an unfamiliar role as supprt to Benteke, he didnÂ’t have a clue where to run or what to do. A young novice completely out of his depth.

WeÂ’ve all got a frightening list of his deficiencies but heÂ’s more comfortable up on his own for us and I expect him to have a decent season. His assets are pace, power, a great left foot and a very strong desire to score goals. Forced to play whilst carrying various injuries, last seasonÂ’s League tally was way below his loan season. Hopefully this was just a temporary blip.

Studying him closely, he still has the same first touch as Naismith but there have been slight improvements to his overall game. His last goal looked a simple header from a McGeady cross but Barry Horne noted how he completely fooled the centre back as he made room for himself. Nothing to get too excited about but someone is telling him things and heÂ’s listening.

We have an awful amount of cash invested in this lad. Like him or not, we need him to succeed and I pray he has the drive and determination to get where he thinks he belongs.

Norman Ludgate
44 Posted 13/06/2015 at 12:57:18
Lukaku: overpriced, overrated, probably overweight... and unfortunately, over here at EFC...

I never rated him, and yes, Charlie Austin would be a great signing.

Craig Fletcher
45 Posted 13/06/2015 at 13:18:00
Ray (41) I never said anything about regarding his first touch as "up to premier league standards". Granted, his first touch is one of many things in his game that can be improved upon.

My point is, some fans have seemingly judged the ladÂ’s footballing credentials on one admittedly poor season.

He needs time, and we have fans need some patience. Proven top quality strikers under the age of 23 in the premier league are a very rare breed. Rom has only had three full seasons in the premier league, and itÂ’s hard to argue that in two of those (WBA loan and first year with us) he was an outstanding success.

Patrick Murphy
46 Posted 13/06/2015 at 13:56:50
Craig - If you are correct that players of his age need time, then he shouldnÂ’t be leading the line at an Â’ambitiousÂ’ Premier League club as itÂ’s obviously asking too much of him, but he canÂ’t play in a two up front either so where does that leave Everton FC? Which after all is the most important thing for most Evertonians, we only want him to at least look as if heÂ’s bothered, rather than the sulky demeanour he often exudes.
Ray Roche
47 Posted 13/06/2015 at 13:59:21
Craig, you Do refer to us "self-deluded, attention-seekers" (;-) for thinking about Rom that "apparently he is half-arsed, can't trap a ball, can't get into space, and lacks courage." To be a Premier League striker, I think you need all of those traits but the one that really grates with me is his poor control.

Tony Cheek nails it for me with his comments re Rom's first touch, something that you should have at the outset, not something you should have to learn at this level.

I repeat, I would love Rom to be the player we want and need but to be that, HE has to want to be that player. And he shows little backbone for that fight at this moment.

I wonder if, if football had a system whereby young players would only receive, say, 25% of their pay with the rest invested or in trust, or even only paid when they have provided us with the performances we have paid for, if then we would see young players give the 100% we expect from them every week, instead of only on the days when their mind is on the job in hand and not on their next gold Bentley...

Tony Abrahams
48 Posted 13/06/2015 at 14:15:08
Even 25% of what they are on is too much money Ray, but why should it only apply to young players?
Ray Roche
49 Posted 13/06/2015 at 14:29:45
True, Tony, but I considered young players to be more in need of guidance until they learn the vale of money. But the more I think about it.......
Jim Bennings
50 Posted 13/06/2015 at 15:11:22
What people need to sometimes get their head around is that not every young player with potential is going to get better.

People say Lukaku is learning the game and he will be one of the world greatest strikers on a few years but it can work the opposite way also, players young with potential can deteriorate and not live up to expectations, remember Jeffers, Rodwell??.

It could be me but I think the Lukaku you see now is the one you are going to roughly remain with.

Tony Abrahams
51 Posted 13/06/2015 at 16:09:53
If thatÂ’s true Jim then IÂ’m sure he would be one of the ones who would only be earning 25% for the rest of his career.
Do you think that would bother him?

I ask the question because as you keep pointing out, what good is it having all the credentials if you havenÂ’t got enough desire?

I know heÂ’s young and I know heÂ’s got a very good goalscoring record for his age, but you only improve with hard work. LetÂ’s hope after playing football for nearly two years without a proper rest, this kid can now have a little break from the game and can analyse for himself where he has got to improve.

Patrick Murphy
52 Posted 13/06/2015 at 16:51:49
Get Paul Gascoigne to have a word with some of these young talents and he can show them the folly of believing the hype – not that Gazza didn’t produce but he said on a TV show last night how he now realised how short his career was and how he hoped that young players of today would give 100% every game because that’s the least they should do for the money that they earn.
Phil Walling
53 Posted 13/06/2015 at 19:13:40
I wouldnÂ’t want Gazza within a million miles of our young players, thank you!
Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
54 Posted 13/06/2015 at 20:47:04
It seems you agree, then, Craig, that his progress is actually going backwards.

Comments on a poor performance are perfectly justified by his poor performance vs Wales, that even his manager lambasted. Labeling them "self-deluded and attention-seeking" is totally unwarranted and frankly insulting.

If you wish to take the long view, do so by all means, thatÂ’s your prerogative... but do not please come here and post blanket condemnations of what are perfectly reasonable assessments of yet another lousy performance by our Champions League wannabe.

Dean Adams
55 Posted 13/06/2015 at 20:57:35
Beaten by a far superior team!! The individuals of Belgium could learn a vital lesson from last night's defeat to Wales. Well done, Gareth Bale and the mighty Wales!! A real team where winning is a team ethic, no passengers.
Craig Fletcher
56 Posted 13/06/2015 at 21:28:41
Michael, yep I would agree his progress went backwards last season.

However, balanced with that, we know injuries played a part for him last season, and I suspect fatigue played a much bigger part than even he would of realised. He had been playing football virtually continuously since he joined us as our number one striker – which meant that, when fit, he was invariably selected – then he went away to the World Cup (initially anyway!) as Belgium’s Number One striker. Coupled with the extra games from our Europa League campaign, and Romelu hasn’t played so much football before in his young career in such a short space of time, all with the pressure of having to provide the goals for club and country.

I think Lukaku is so desperate to prove himself as a top striker (and to an extent, having to live up to his own hype he had created in season 2013-14) he perhaps doesnÂ’t see that he could do with a break. Playing in an under-performing team this season of course doesnÂ’t help either.

Apologies if my comments were misconstrued as a blanket assessment – it certainly wasn’t, just aimed at a few individual posts. What I can’t get past and what makes me angry is some comments attacking his courage on the pitch (when there is obvious evidence otherwise) or the lad’s personality, which go way below the belt.

By all means, comment on what we see of him on the football pitch.

Jim Jennings
57 Posted 14/06/2015 at 00:26:08
"our Champions League wannabe"

And now the fact that he has ambitions of playing in the Champions League is being used as a stick to beat him with.

Oh for a squad of "yeah IÂ’m happy to be perennially mid table" journeymen!

Ray Roche
58 Posted 14/06/2015 at 15:37:48
Jim, I think that the fact that Lukaku goes on about playing CL football for a "bigger club" pisses a lot of fans off. He is nowhere near good enough yet but makes it clear that weÂ’ll do until someone else better makes a bid for him. We can all applaud ambition and I wish EvertonÂ’s board could find some, but a little less conversation and a little more action, as Elvis would say, wouldnÂ’t go amiss.
Look at it this way, when you met your missus, if you said to her, "Yeah, youÂ’ll do until I can pull some bird with bigger tits" I imagine youÂ’d be trying to retrieve your bollocks from a waste bin....
Alex Mullan
59 Posted 14/06/2015 at 23:59:47
I have to admit, he is one of those guys you would love to hate if he didnÂ’t play for your side.

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