Who could replace Lukaku if he goes?

Do Everton have to now become accustomed to the fact that they will probably have to say goodbye to the their stand-out star of the current season and, if so, whom should the club target as his replacement?

Gary McCarty 04/04/2016 90comments  |  Jump to last
Ромелу Лукаку / Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku’s devastating form has been one of the few highlights of Everton’s season and the Belgium forward has proven that those who believed in his potential were right. At a mere 22 years old, he could go on to become one of the top strikers in the world. Unfortunately, it is looking increasingly unlikely that he will continue his progression at Goodison Park.

In recent interviews, Lukaku has stated that he believes the time is right for him to play in the Champions League and there is little doubt that he will be able to find a suitor. With odds of around 11/2 at the time of writing to be the Premier League’s top scorer, it is certainly worth a look for some free bets on oddschecker to back Lukaku to outscore the likes of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy.

Surely if Lukaku does manage to claim the golden boot there will be plenty of elite clubs scrambling for his signature in the summer. Everton fans must now become accustomed to the fact that they will probably have to say goodbye to the player who has been the stand-out star of the current campaign.

One positive to take from this situation is that the prolific striker should pull in some hefty transfer offers, with Roberto Martinez stating in 2015 that he believed the player to be worth at least £55million. This, along with the investment from Farhad Moshiri, would give the club substantial funds to not only replace Lukaku but also strengthen the squad considerably in other areas as well. Signing three or four top-quality players to add to the burgeoning talent already at the club could make a huge difference. So hypothetically, who could Everton look to buy to replace Lukaku in the summer if this mooted transfer does come to pass? Here are three players who have previously been linked with moves to Goodison Park and could be ideal replacements for Lukaku.

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Saido Berahino

With Lukaku being the primary source of goals this season, Everton need to replace him with someone who has a proven goal scoring record. Looking for a striker already playing in the Premier League who is familiar with the English style of play may be the way forward. Saido Berahino could be a shrewd buy, as he has been desperate for a move away from West Brom for some time now. However, he does have a considerably inflated price tag. The youngster has not been given that much of a chance as yet in the Premier League, but has shown, especially in the 2014/15 season, that he has a keen eye for goal. In a smarter outfit like Everton’s, he could thrive. However, for the same kind of money, Everton could look to other European leagues for a striker who can fit with their attacking style.

Islam Slimani

The Toffees have previously shown interest in Islam Slimani, the Sporting Lisbon striker who has scored over 22 goals this season. The Algerian forward is reportedly worth around £23million and has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Leicester City. There are some doubts that the 27-year-old would be an upgrade on Lukaku, with him coming from a weaker league and the possibility of him not being able to continue this form in England. Maybe Everton should look to younger players who they can develop.

Michy Batshuayi

Batshuayi could be an excellent replacement for Lukaku. He has an impressive goalscoring record, averaging in just under a goal every two games throughout his career so far. Everton were linked with a move for the striker in 2014, but it was Marseille who ended up signing him for around £5million. This was an absolute bargain at the time and it is thought that the player is worth a lot more now. He has attracted interest from a number of other clubs including, Tottenham Hotspur, who also recognise his potential. So, Everton will have to move fast if they want to try and sign him in the summer.

Of course, there are plenty of other strikers that fans would love to see at the club. However, it will prove difficult to attract the very best without European football on offer. Everton should take a chance on some of the young players that have shown they may have bright futures.

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Peter McHugh
2 Posted 04/04/2016 at 23:20:04
Bony and Rooney for me. Maybe we could also swap Niasse for Ronaldo.
Colin Glassar
3 Posted 04/04/2016 at 23:32:26
Batsuyahi is the only one who comes close to Lukaku. The lad from Dortmund is another but he'd cost £35m at least. Watch him destroy the rs on Thursday.
Conor Skelly
4 Posted 04/04/2016 at 23:46:19
I'd look to buy a pair of good strikers with the Rom money with the view to forming a partnership as a front two. Two strikers that would compliment each other. Mahrez & Vardy would be nice.
Robert Duncombe
5 Posted 05/04/2016 at 00:09:43
Would the above three want to come and play for us? We cannot offer you Champions League football or Europa League at that matter but if you want to have a sleep over at our new training ground facilities then we have enough room for you to invite all your mates.

Sold. They will all be wanting to play for us now.
Gavin Johnson
6 Posted 05/04/2016 at 00:35:01
Lacazette is my 1st choice but Batsuyahi would be a relatively cheap option at around 16m on current valuations.

Domestically Loic Remy would be cheap and could be bought alongside one of the aforementioned. Bony and Bentake are the only other viable options from the Prem. I quite like the idea of buying Bentake at a loss in the sense we could potentially buy another striker with a 1 in 2 ratio for around a third of the money we'd receive for Rom.

That said, Bentake doesn't score on a regular basis and seems to have long barren spells before he goes on a scoring run where he'll score in more games than he plays.

Derek Thomas
7 Posted 05/04/2016 at 01:00:10
All the potential replacements might look and ask themselves why the player they are replacing is leaving, apply the frying pan / fire theory and make their own conclusions, more likely their agents will make those for them. Result – thanks, but no thanks.

Anthony Dwyer
8 Posted 05/04/2016 at 01:00:56
Go for Carlos Vela and Batsuyahi if Rom leaves, also ask about the valuation of Bony and Benteke if Batsuyahi is taken by a Champions League club, as they both know the league and have a proven track record.

I think Carlos Vela and Batsuyahi would compliment each other superbly, and they both have plenty of years left in the tank.

I like Morata too but he's probably out of our reach.

Ian Jones
9 Posted 05/04/2016 at 06:23:03
Or we could just throw in one or two of our youngsters or not so young ones such as Conor McAleny etc and see how they get on.
Anto Byrne
10 Posted 05/04/2016 at 06:30:48
We can only keep Lukaku, Stones and Barkley if we get a top class manager here to do the business. Having said that, who would want the job?

Well that's up to the club and given they are happy to just stay in the premiership and get their TV money its probably job done for Martinez. We should be able to scrape 3 points from the next 8 games to get above 40.

The players, the manager and the directors earn millions of pounds so have the comfort of their bank balances to let them sleep well at night. The fans get a raw deal with high prices and worn out medieval stadiums.

The only ambition this club has shown in the last 20 odd years is to maintain their position in the league. Look at Villa it could be Everton and I think we have a worse home record than them.

Vijay Nair
11 Posted 05/04/2016 at 06:33:50
Here's another option...

Lukaku has been quoted as saying he wants to play alongside his brother Jordan. Perhaps signing Jordan would convince Lukaku to stay?

Christopher Dover
12 Posted 05/04/2016 at 07:14:19
RM has signed Niasse to replace Rom, so no problem there then.
Iain Davies
13 Posted 05/04/2016 at 07:57:47
Arkadiusz Milik plays at Ajax 18 goals so far this season, big unit, scores all types of goals, Polish international with decent record with the national team.
Jim Bennings
14 Posted 05/04/2016 at 08:08:56
It's got to be someone capable of netting close to or even more than 20-22 league goals. It's got to be someone who won't take half a season settling in and "getting up to speed" with the English league.

For this reason I'm always dubious about delving into a league abroad especially weaker ones like Belgium, Russia etc.

Isn't it about time we found ourselves a little gem like a Mahrez or a Payet? It seems every time we delve into these league's we end up paying over the odds for not really very good footballers in all honesty, we rarely find ourselves a little technical creative genius or a striker that looks like he can move.

Fellaini so far, about the only real success of big money spent on a relatively unknown quantity at that time.

Once we sell Lukaku, we are looking for a man big enough, good enough and willing to take the responsibility of being the spearhead of our attack, he can't be someone who just scores 9 or 10 goals, he has to be someone who scores 19 or 20...

For the money we are likely to spend on a new striker he also can't be a Niasse, waiting for 100% fitness or having six month settling in periods. He must hit the ground running.

It's going to be a crucial summer at Everton Football Club me thinks.

Marc Williams
15 Posted 05/04/2016 at 08:21:56
El maestro ........has signed Niasse to replace Rom. I' m sure he's on the " Wigan wonders " patented..... Special, High, Intensity, Training (SHIT) scheme right now. This should have him 62% fit for a "strong, strong finish" for 8 minutes of the final game of next season.

In the interim we have Kone whose "Intensity is building to a big, big moment for us".

Iain Davies
16 Posted 05/04/2016 at 08:29:20
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww9sFYT2Lfc

And he's only 22

Phil Walling
17 Posted 05/04/2016 at 08:31:52
Martinex bought Niasse off youtube. Nuff said.
Phil Sammon
18 Posted 05/04/2016 at 08:49:49
Have you seen his YouTube reel, Phil?

Hard to believe anyone would buy him based on that showing.

Danny Broderick
19 Posted 05/04/2016 at 08:53:02
Whoever we buy needs to be mobile, like Vardy. We can't have Barkley and a Lukaku type trotting about. It was like having 9 men the other day.
Eric Myles
20 Posted 05/04/2016 at 08:56:43
I'd say we'd need 2 strikers to replace the goals Rom has provided as none of the rest of the team, and especially our other strikers, have chipped in with goals.

If we want to stay with 1 man up top then we'd need a goalscoring midfielder as well.

But what about a new goalie too? De Gea showed on Sunday that a world class goalie can earn you points as much as a striker can.

Brian Williams
21 Posted 05/04/2016 at 09:07:17
Rom's going nowhere and will be with us next season. ;-)
Phil Walling
22 Posted 05/04/2016 at 09:14:05
Just took a glance, Phil. Bloody hell £13.5M for that? His agent must have something on Martinez!
Steavey Buckley
23 Posted 05/04/2016 at 09:25:53
When Everton replaced Fellaini with McCarthy, they never replaced Fellaini's goal scoring efforts of 1 goal in every 3 games. In fact, neither McCarthy, Barry or Cleverley never look like they don't score goals for a living. So if anyone believes there is a ready made Premier League goal scorer as a replacement for Lukaku they should think again.

When Liverpool sold Suarez for £80 million, they never replaced him with another prolific goal scorer, instead led to their recent demise and the manager was eventually sacked, when goals were hard to come by and dried up.

Fran Mitchell
24 Posted 05/04/2016 at 09:30:19
Bony would be a very decent option, him and another (Embolo?) could well make us stronger.

But we must strive to keep Rom.

Craig Walker
25 Posted 05/04/2016 at 09:42:44
Steavey Buckley. Great point about Fellaini! It beats me how a central midfield player can't be getting 7 to 10 goals a season. McCarthy, Besic, Cleverley and Barry won't get 7 goals between them in a season.

I think Besic could be a good player for us and Barry is very underrated. Cleverley brings us nothing and I think McCarthy has an undeserved reputation as being a ball-winner. He isn't.

To answer the original question, we need better scouting. Look at Vardy, Payet, Kane and Mahrez. You don't need to spend a fortune if you know where to look.

Peter Roberts
26 Posted 05/04/2016 at 10:10:25
Liverpool should never have signed Benteke – someone tell me a player who ruptured their Achilles and returned to being the player they were before.

I like Remy – very very good player, very intelligent runner and great finisher. Would replace Rom's goals, but his all round game like Roms requires a second striker.

I liked Origi in the World Cup – like a better version of Welbeck who will one day be a good striker. Those lot have fallen in love with him after an iffy start.

Harry Kane impresses me every time I see him – he doesn't let misses affect him and his work for the team is tremendous – the sign of a player who will always score, be valued by his team mates and go on to win things. Spurs won't sell for less than what we get for Rom.

Bony is a player who will score goals – his goals per minutes player is up there. Strong, athletic and a good finisher, probably get his for under £20m now.

Darren Bailey
27 Posted 05/04/2016 at 10:30:07
There are quite a few strikers being linked with moves this summer & any of the above would be a decent replacement for Rom. Take your pick from any of:- Milik, Embolo, Bony, Benteke, Batshuayi, Slimani, Saido, Vela, Morata, Lacazette, Aubameyang or even Rooney.
Chris James
28 Posted 05/04/2016 at 10:38:39
I think we'd need someone proven, Bony (if we can match wages) plus a prospect (which I guess Niasse is to some degree, but Batshuayi seemed promising when I last looked).

Wouldn't go near Berahino with a barge pole after his attitude and subsequent performances when he didn't get a transfer. Suspect he's nailed for Spurs in CL also.

Allan Barratt
29 Posted 05/04/2016 at 10:59:55
Not a problem, we've got old Oumar already. He might be fit for next season and ready to set the Premier League alight. He's the new secret weapon.
Paul Withe
30 Posted 05/04/2016 at 11:27:50
No chance whatsoever of the likes of Aubamayeng coming, he'll end up somewhere like Real Madrid or United. Lacazette would be great, but would he come (he's previously said he'd only move to Champions League club, although he's fallen away a little since then)?

Don't know anything about the Polish guy at Ajax, but I guess other options would be the guy at Marseilles (though he's not in Lukaku's class yet). Must be other young potential stars out there though...

Arild Andersen
31 Posted 05/04/2016 at 11:39:58
Milik is a good call. I like him. But isn't he owned by Leverkusen or someone?
Erik Dols
32 Posted 05/04/2016 at 12:14:22
Arild, he is owned by Ajax, they had him on loan last season with an option to buy and did so.

I like Milik but he will never be as effective as Lukaku in the Premier League. He will score some amazing goals though.

Robert Duncombe
33 Posted 05/04/2016 at 13:01:08
I've just read an article in the Telegraph about how Rom can go to a Champions League club without a fight. Even the broadsheets are mixing up past interviews and interpreting how they want to.

In order for him to stay, we have to buy quality around him which means buying early in the summer. No deadline day panic buys if we want him to trust us and buy into our vision of making the club great again.

Furthermore, Stuart McCall was on 5 live this morning, he was being interviewed about Rangers heading back into the top flight of Scottish football. Then, totally off subject, the interviewer asked him about Everton and whether he thought Roberto will be there next season. Needless to say, he didn't really answer the question and skirted around the issues but this rolling stone is gathering moss within the media.

Dan Davies
34 Posted 05/04/2016 at 13:04:50
How's about we tell Rom he's not going anywhere for another season whether he likes it or not? Then sign Bony and Slimani.

Rom can either then sulk or work his backside off to engineer his big move. That way we find his replacement(s) before he goes? Makes sense to me.

Liam Reilly
35 Posted 05/04/2016 at 13:22:59
People talk about Berahino's attitude but he wanted to leave West Brom for Tottenham. Only true Baggie supporters wouldn't want the same.

Still – if Rom has to go (and that's no certainty given the new guys money); its got to be the Bat Man for me every time. This guy is going to be the real deal.

Loko Sanchez
36 Posted 05/04/2016 at 14:23:16
Trade Lukaku for Rooney. At least we know he (once a blue.... yadeyada) plays for the badge. The problem is Everton players play to get out of Everton (eg, "I'm ready to play in the Champions League" ...my arse!).

We need players like Cahill, Osman, Hibbert, that bald guy who plays with Gravesen... you know, players who know that EFC is probably the best they can get out from their careers – and I mean this in the best possible way.

Iain Davies
37 Posted 05/04/2016 at 14:30:01
Erik 32,

Milik is only 22, I think he's the real deal after watching the Eredivisie on Sky, not only amazing goals, great positional awareness, and a good assist rate too.

I'm amazed if the Premier League scouts aren't sniffing around his agent. Height, speed, strength... he's going places.

Frank Crewe
38 Posted 05/04/2016 at 14:49:43
Someone who will no doubt be available should the barcodes go down. Mitrovic. He's a big strong bruiser of a forward. He scored 8 goals in 27 appearances in a side that makes us look like Barcelona.

I doubt the transfer fee would be particularly exorbitant and his wages would be reasonable.

He would be a realistic target instead of chasing after forwards who are already at bigger, richer, and more successful clubs than us.

I certainly wouldn't waste any time on the likes of Bony. Like every Citeh player he would have to take a serious pay cut to join Everton so I just can't see that happening.

Arild Andersen
39 Posted 05/04/2016 at 15:17:33
I haven't paid enough attention, Erik (32), but let's hope our new owner goes all in for the three man package of Milik (striker), Viktor Fischer (LW) and Frank de Boer (you know where). Oh, and we're already sniffing around their GK, aren't we?
Neil Steele
40 Posted 05/04/2016 at 15:26:51
After his performance at Old Trafford – another in a long, long line of pathetic nonentity displays against the big clubs – I don't think we should have any huge fears about losing Lukaku.

His goalscoring record is great, but his performances are hit and miss to say the least – he is absolutely world and light years away from being a world-class footballer.

Some interesting names suggested... I'd be happy to take a punt on any of them with the vast funds we will have available.

Get this arrogant overrated clown out of the club and get someone in who wants to play and apply himself in every game, not just when he fancies it.

Jay Harris
41 Posted 05/04/2016 at 15:39:42
How can we attract top strikers without a new top drawer manager who can sell the dream.

This guy's bullshit no longer has credibility.

Ian Jones
42 Posted 05/04/2016 at 15:41:24
I wrote on a different thread that as Lukaku was used to being loaned out we could perhaps loan him out next season to a team playing Champions League.

Then bring him back. He will still have 2 years on his contract and will no doubt increase his value whilst not playing for Everton!

Then if we are in Champions League for 2017-18, he can play for us, if we think he's good enough.

I am sure we could get a team to pay a 'loan fee' and his wage for a season whilst we decided whether we want to keep him.

Neil Steele
43 Posted 05/04/2016 at 16:37:09
Jay Harris... what gives you the idea that players play for managers instead of money??

Player power got Mourinho fired from Chelsea... if that can happen then there is a precarious situation in football given his standing and track-record.

Players will join EFC for pound notes and the promise of ambition... whether Martinez is manager or A N Other is of little consequence given our current club status (i.e, non UCL qualifying, non trophy winning).

Niall McIlhone
44 Posted 05/04/2016 at 16:48:08
Had Carlos Tevez not returned to Argentina (and out of European footy for good?), I would move heaven and earth to get a player like him to Goodison.

Don't want to lose Rom, but I don't see any way he will be with us at the start of next season, I just hope he goes to PSG or somewhere.
Peter Cummings
45 Posted 05/04/2016 at 16:58:10
Neill (#40),

You must have read my take on Lukaku on the TW thread after the Man Utd debacle, I said exactly the same about him being a world class scorer but lazy, terrible ball control, easily dispossessed with a poor work rate and constantly caught in offside positions, so in my opinion we should cash in asap because he obviously wants out anyway.

As for Niasse, I also watched his goalscoring video and while he's good at putting chances away most of them were due to abysmal defending, nothing like what he'll be up against in the Premier League. But giving him the benefit of hindsight, I'm prepared to 'wait and see' given that he's only had a couple of last minute cameos so far.

Jay Harris
46 Posted 05/04/2016 at 17:01:35
Neil,
So that's why Lukaku wants to stay is it. Because of the money and playing for a 12th place team in the Premier League!!!

Right now players would be more attracted by West Ham, Spurs and Southampton even ignoring the usual suspects (Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal).

It is my view that only a top manager will attract the top players who can then see more chance of success with Everton.

The lifelong supporters cannot envisage success under this clown never mind top calibre players.

Top players want trophies and success. They know they can get money anywhere these days.

Baz Daly
47 Posted 05/04/2016 at 17:14:58
#40

WTF?

Amit Vithlani
48 Posted 05/04/2016 at 17:19:25
On the basis that the Chinese league has started to make some noticeable signings, I do think a large war chest should enable us to make a reasonable fist of replacing Lukaku.

As for Lukaku being lazy and useless at Old Trafford, here was me thinking that the bloke was consistently isolated and feeding off poor crosses, as we were set up to sit deep and play direct counter attacking football.

A ploy used many times away from home by David Moyes.

Which would suggest Martinez may be abandoning his highly touted possession based philosophy?

And whilst we are at it, I watched El Classico, supposedly the future of football.

Apart from the diving and cheating, I noted Barca's goal came from a set piece and Madrid's goals from the old fashioned way of get it to the wide man to put in a dangerous cross.

Goes to show, set pieces, direct play and crosses, hitherto anathema to the Martinez way of Modern Football still have a place. Who knew!

Neil Steele
50 Posted 05/04/2016 at 17:36:17
Jay Harris (#46)... is Lukaku not on the record as saying that he wants to play in the Champions League "next season"?? Yes, I think he is.

No Everton manager has delivered that, ergo it has nothing to do with the manager other than as a matter of individual (unsupported, unsubstantiated) opinion.

There are a finite number of clubs in the Champions League – not all of them as financially attractive as our own. The fact that one player, one who's reputation is far greater than his footballing ability, currently wants out... I don't take that as any relevant marker on our ability to attract top talent.

Lukaku can get lost as far as I'm concerned, players with his attitude should never be pandered to at this club. Good riddance to him... it's no wonder that team spirit/ 'cohesion' is low with such poor characters poisoning the dressing room.

Neil Steele
51 Posted 05/04/2016 at 17:44:18
Amit (48)..nobody has ever suggested that these things do not 'have a place' in football - merely that they are not the foundation/core approach of europes most successful teams.

To have watched the Classico, as poor as this one was (arguably the worst in a decade), and not see that the fundamental approach of both sides (probably 2 of the best 3 sides in europe with Bayern) is possession based, would lead me to question a person's judgement.

Hard tackling, running, competing for header..they are all vital to winning football games, always will be. There is a vast difference between offering these things as part and parcel of any performance though, and putting 'physical' attributes at the core of your philosophy.

Bill Gall
52 Posted 05/04/2016 at 18:01:10
Players of the caliber of Lukaku want to showcase their talents at the highest level and with the statements from Lukaku proving this.

We will be unable to replace Lukaku with a player of his abilities with the promises of money as clubs in the Championship will offer him the same with exposure in a more lucrative market of the Championship League.

Players are ambitious and want to play for ambitious clubs that will provide them with lucrative contracts and realistic promises of silverware. Everton even with promises of more income are not going to be able to provide this if they loose players like Lukaku. Stones or Barkley and keep having to rebuild.

We need an experienced manager with a experienced backroom staff to try to encourage these players to stay. Our problem is we don't have one and it may be to late to hold onto these players if we don't get one.

Players do not want to go to 12th position clubs they will be looking at the top 6 or even stay at their present clubs if it offers championship football.

Remember a lot of the names being thrown around, their clubs may not want to part with them, and as some supporters are saying on here "Why don't we refuse Lukaku a transfer request"? – What is to stop them doing the same?

Bill Gall
53 Posted 05/04/2016 at 18:08:34
Neil (#50),

I don't think that Lukaku stated that he wants to play in the Championship League next season; I believe he stated he believed he was ready for the Championship League. All of the other quotes seem to be coming from his agent.

Amit Vithlani
54 Posted 05/04/2016 at 18:44:34
Neil... (#51), if the person whose judgement you are questioning in your post is mine, you are right to do so.

Watching El Classico, I really did miss the "core/fundamental approach" of possession football in this game.

The game I watched had Madrid sitting deep and looking to hit Barca on the break with quick passes out to the flanks, from where crosses were sent in. A tactic so successful that they scored twice and had a third wrongly disallowed.

Gareth Bale even spent most of the game hurling in Rory Delap style long throws. Not exactly the formula for retaining possession from a throw.

Barca played the Barca way but created few chances and scored from a set piece.

Goals win games, as someone famously said, and if this fixture was the supposed epitome of Modern Football, it showed great teams will adapt and change their style to find a way to score.

The "core/fundamental approach" I saw was tactical flexibility and an exploitation of opposition weaknesses, not a dogmatic adherence to 1 style of play.

As for your admission that set pieces do have a place in the modern game, its a shame that Martinez, who has publicly denounced their virtue, does not feel the same way as you. Curiously, Everton's two best chances on Sunday came from set pieces so perhaps he has changed his views. No problem there, except I wish he had not waited until 106 games into his Everton tenure to realise how cretinous his previous stance was.

Paul Olsen
55 Posted 05/04/2016 at 19:03:56
Seeing some of the names suggested on here makes me laugh.

Oh, and while we´re at it. Let´s have a pop at that Messi guy, and Ronaldo. And perhaps we could get Benzema, Bale, Pogba and Lewandowski.

I mean seriously, just a possible as some of these suggestions.

Dan Davies
56 Posted 05/04/2016 at 19:12:08
Have to agree with Jay #41. For us to have any chance of attracting top players at this point in time we have to sell an idea of the future of the club, the best way to achieve this is with a big name manager.

If that happens then we have a better chance of keeping our best players while also attracting better talent than we have at the moment.

Most of the strikers mentioned on here would most likely not want to come with the present status quo unless they were offered stupid money. Can't wait for the summer myself, it's going to be interesting!

Darren Hind
57 Posted 05/04/2016 at 19:34:21
I once stayed in the same hotel as Dario Grady. Interesting man.

He was convinced that there was at least one superstar waiting to be unearthed in the lower divisions every season, he reckoned that more often than not, they didn't get their chance.

Sometimes it's just as important to recognise a good player as it is to have the money to splash out on one. He spoke about a guy who was at Bristol (I think) at the time, His name was Andy Cole.

Things have moved on since then, talent can be found all over the world – you just need somebody who recognises it

James Stewart
58 Posted 05/04/2016 at 20:03:21
Lacazette, Batshuayi, Embolo are all good options. I'm not sure there will be quite the rush for Lukaku his agent is predicting though, the likes of Madrid are looking at Kane not Lukaku!
Paul Hewitt
59 Posted 05/04/2016 at 20:13:59
Troy Deeney would be worth a go.
Neil Lawson
60 Posted 05/04/2016 at 20:30:39
A friend of mine saw Bob Latchford and Andy Gray having a kick about with Inchy Heath running between their legs. Apparently they were showing real intensity and some of their interchanges were quite phenomenal.

Problem sorted and no money spent.

Now, where is Dave Thomas and is Kevin Sheedy wiling to give up coaching?

Colin Glassar
61 Posted 05/04/2016 at 20:36:36
Troy Deeney, Paul?

If I had been eating cornflakes, I would have spitten them out!!

Frank Crewe
62 Posted 05/04/2016 at 20:43:04
I think our main problem here is that we are currently in a limbo between the fizzling out of the Kenwright era and the beginning of the Moshiri era. I've no doubt Kenwright had high hopes for RM, especially after his first season. Unfortunately those hopes have been shown to be forlorn.

I have no doubt that Moshiri will take over full control in the summer. Why Kenwright has allowed his time to drag on like this is beyond me. Maybe he just wanted to still be chairman on the off chance that we win the cup.

Hopefully once we have or haven't won the cup Kenwright will finally hand over the reins to Moshiri and he can start rebuilding this club from top to bottom. Which is what we all want whether Lukaku stays or not.

Andy Crooks
65 Posted 05/04/2016 at 00:00:31
There's a guy at Norwich, puts in a shift by all accounts, gets some goals. Naismith? Sorry, we have Niasse.

Not a criticism of this young striker, just making a point that the way he has been managed by Martinez is an indictment of the worst coach in our history.


Andrew Presly
66 Posted 06/04/2016 at 00:26:58
He's scored 25 goals in the midst of this shit storm season already and is under contract for the next 3 years. No need to sell.

Even talking about selling him is depressing. Stop being small time. We're 12th and have enough to worry about.

Alex Parr
68 Posted 06/04/2016 at 08:22:44
I am liking the look of that Milik lad, although I agree I had never really heard much of him before this thread, so I'm basing most of my opinion on the YouTube video. Looks miles better than Niasse anyway...
Ian Burns
70 Posted 06/04/2016 at 10:06:28
Get Koeman in and ask him to go back to Ajax for Milik - and one or two others I might add.
Rick Tarleton
71 Posted 06/04/2016 at 10:12:05
Paul Olsen's absolutely right, the names suggested here are off fantasy football. We've missed out the Barcelona three, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Roy from Melchester.

Rooney might come, but he's a shadow of a once very good player. Bony looks nowadays like a lazy and very introverted player. Vardy's nearly 30and is excellent for a team that's set up to play to his style. Would he be the same player under the great Martinez?

Nicky Styles
72 Posted 06/04/2016 at 11:36:16
In a word: Rooney.
Peter Roberts
73 Posted 06/04/2016 at 11:40:41
I haven't got the latest football manager, but here is my search criteria for a player with attributes that could replace Lukaku:–

Finishing: 18/20
Pace: 17/20
Acceleration: 14/20
Aggression: 5/20
Work rate: 4/20
Teamwork: 5/20
Aerial ability: 12/20
First touch: 10/20
Heading: 14/20
Long shots: 13/20
Passing: 12/20
Technique: 12/20
Dribbling ability: 14/20
Bravery: 5/20
Composure: 19/20
Concentration: 10/20
Determination: 5/20

I think a few players costing far less than £60m who would like to earn £75k a week would pop up...

Nick Entwistle
74 Posted 06/04/2016 at 11:40:54
Rooney? How long are we going to be Man Utd's retirement home? Just wheel him in with Carrick, why don't you.
Tony Abrahams
75 Posted 06/04/2016 at 11:50:43
I agree with that, Darren, look where Vardy was four years ago. Look at Delle Alli, John Stones, look at a few at Leicester. That's my second biggest disappointment with Martinez, because it was the road I thought he was going to go down.
Paul Tran
76 Posted 06/04/2016 at 11:53:22
Can we please stop all this sentimental get any old Blue back nonsense? Rooney? Past his prime, dubious fitness, high wages. Are we a club looking forwards? When Naismith was with us, he wasn't good enough. Now he's left, he's turned into the answer. Really?

If we really are a big club, if this new investment is really significant, why don't we target a quality manager and decent players with a present and future?

Whatever we think of Martinez, let's look for progress rather than the comfort of previous mediocrity.

Kieran Fitzgerald
77 Posted 06/04/2016 at 12:17:43
Rooney's heart has not been in it for a couple of seasons. He's not going to get a superstar move to a PSG or a Barca that would give him a fresh start and some impetus. Coming back to Everton just might.

Out of sheer curiosity, I wonder how long he has left on his current contract?

Dave Abrahams
78 Posted 06/04/2016 at 13:01:45
I have got to agree with Rick (71), Rooney was a fantastic player and is still capable of turning it on, now and again, his best days are behind him, even people close to him in Liverpool will acknowledge that.

The main reason he will not come is his agent will make sure he has two or three options away from England that will pay wages we couldn't afford and that will add to the Millions he will never spend if he lives to be a hundred and fifty years of age.

Ian Riley
79 Posted 06/04/2016 at 13:10:54
Give Lukaku £150k a week 5-year contract! Staying in the Premier League with Martinez in charge, keeping Lukaku is a must. Having £50 to 60 million in the bank is pointless without goals. We can't keep them out so scoring is a must.

Why Rooney or Bony? If Everton are are going to be a force again, Martinez must go and keeping our star players is a must. I feel the club has gone back 10 years during the past 18 months. Fans need to be realistic on whom will come to Everton at present.

John Wilson
80 Posted 06/04/2016 at 13:20:24
Paul (76)

Since my first visit to Goodison, when Brentford beat us 4-0 in August 1946, I have believed that Everton are big club. Martinez is trying so hard to make it a smaller club, and if Moshiri backs him with more money for players he will be aiding and abetting the downgrade.

Moshiri might somehow influence Vicente Del Bosque's suggestion that Martinez might succeed him as new manager then this failure to lead becomes Spain's problem and Everton will spared until we get a world class manager in the summer.

Paul Conway
81 Posted 06/04/2016 at 14:44:46
Alexandre Lacazette. Check out YouTube, his goals skills, assists. He has everything: pace, power, vision, can tackle agressively and scores loads of goals from outside the box. His first touch is excellent.

I would simply love to see this player playing for us. Alas, so would a few other big teams.
Nicholas Ryan
82 Posted 06/04/2016 at 19:13:04
1. Even though he has not said it in terms, I think it is clearly implied, that Lukaku doesn't just want to play for a team that is IN the Champions League; but for a team that is capable of WINNING the Champions League... that is a pretty short list.

2. There are lots of strikers we can dream about, and hope for; but realistically, who is out there, who (a) has a decent record in this league; (b) is broadly similar to Rom; (c) is likely to be available; (d) at a sensible price; and (e) would want to come? Step forward Wilfried Bony!!

Paul Ellam
83 Posted 06/04/2016 at 20:58:23
Milik, Slimani, Ighalo or Lacazette would be my main choices to replace Lukaku – all of them!

He is gonna be that hard to replace I reckon, so hopefully the new chairman, ahem, majority investor will do something special to keep Lukaku and sign some top notch players to accompany him.

Philip Yensen
84 Posted 06/04/2016 at 21:50:44
No need to replace Lukaku. Get Bilic, Payet, Berahino, Smalling, and Butland and finally Noble of West Ham too. Why Noble.... because he gets into referees' faces and argues every decision, he gets other players booked, sent off and wound up. Just what we need – a horrible nagging bastard, like Keane, Scholes, Gerrard and Terry.

Most of all... get Martinez out.

Iain Davies
85 Posted 06/04/2016 at 22:16:30
#70 – yeah there is 3 or 4 Ajax lads all about to hit there best years that we should go for...

Milik
Fischer
El Ghazi
Klaassen

And yes, I'd go for Koeman all day long as the new gaffer.

Laurie Hartley
86 Posted 07/04/2016 at 10:49:28
I appreciate the goals Lukaku has scored for us but have always felt he was "just passing through". If he wasn't he wouldn't have made the comments he did during the international break and would tell his agent to be quiet.

So If we are having a wish list here is mine. Apart from having premier league experience, I think all these centre forwards can hold the play up, shoot, and for me perhaps the most important of all can head the ball.

Olivier Giroud
Eden Dzeko
Grazianno Pelle

Mark Andrews
87 Posted 07/04/2016 at 11:39:25
More to the point, how can a mid-table club, with a poor manager like Martinez attract top-level strikers?
Mark Stone
88 Posted 07/04/2016 at 13:42:54
Conor McAleny – if he keeps on scoring worldies every other week!
Tim Spring
89 Posted 07/04/2016 at 22:26:33
Where's Magaye Gueye knocking about these days?
Patrick Carty
90 Posted 07/04/2016 at 22:45:23
Ideally I would love to keep Lukaku but I do not see this happening. £50 million is the least I would take for him.

I think as someone said already Batshuayi would be a good shout.

Gary Ashworth
91 Posted 08/04/2016 at 21:20:02
I like the look of Batshuayi's goal ratio and I watched YouTube videos of Embolo... that's kid is a talent. I'm also in favour of Rooney making a return to Goodison and be part of this new era.

I just want a player who won't be moaning about wanting Champions League football the following season.
Barry Johnson
93 Posted 09/04/2016 at 20:21:31
It doesn't matter how much we get for Lukaku, Roberto will just waste it and we will be playing in the Championship in 2017-18. His current target is to finish 16th.
Tom Plant
94 Posted 10/04/2016 at 10:03:33
With a new manager in charge (obviously) we would be looking at any of the following:
Jansen from AZ
Callum Wilson
Troy Deeney
Milik from Ajax

I would like to take a leaf out of Leicester's book and get back to a 4-4-2. Too much on the way of playing German / Spanish systems these days that don't work. Just look at the system used by Man Utd and even the best Arsenal sides over the last 20 years – 4-4-2; our glory days in the 80s – 4-4-2; dare I say on the RedShite – 4-4-2; Cloughie's Forest...

Two proper strikers, please. (And a new manager.)

David Milner
95 Posted 10/04/2016 at 11:55:18
Has to be Arkadiusz Milik of Ajax to replace Rom. He is quick, scores with both feet & is good in the air. Takes a good penalty & provides assists as well. Of course Frank de Boer first, to replace Bobby brown shoes, Watford away was the last straw surely.

£65 million would go a long way with signings as we don't now have a debt to pay off, or do we!!!!

Dan San
96 Posted 10/04/2016 at 19:12:16
Agree with whoever said he overrates himself, he should be way ahead in the scoring charts the service Deulofeu was giving him prior to the Man City Semi, generally if he has a good game, we win, if he doesn't we're stuffed,.

Andre Gray or Ross McCormack would be worth a look in my opinion, working on the basis that most Championship strikers (like Deeney) come up and do alright. Rooney back if he wants to take the paycut would be good, as would Fellaini to replace Barry.

I actually thought Niasse's YouTube video looked good but then couldn't find the one I'd seen again once we had signed him, looks like he's taking time to adjust, might be something to do with his terrible choice of headwear, he looks a bit of a tit.

As for the manager it's not good enough to still be in with a chance of relegation at this time of the season, but if we don't win again that is a clear danger, sounds like Wigan all over again. I said he talked a lot of shite before we'd even kicked a ball so glad people have finally caught up.

Not too bothered about who the replacement should be but one that hasn't been relegated the season before would be a good start... Moyes, Howe, De Boer, Bielsa or Mourinho I'd be happy with.

NSNO

Mike Allen
97 Posted 11/04/2016 at 11:34:34
Well, it ain't Niasse. Martinez keeps telling us he is not yet fit. Well, he has had him for longer than he has the players for pre-season training!

He sells Naismith and sends McAleny out on loan then spends £13.5M on the most exciting unfit player in Russia... Now that's a plan!!!


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