Lukaku's latest soundbytes are music to Everton ears

by | 22/08/2015  74 Comments  [Jump to last]
Romelu Lukaku has publicly urged John Stones to ignore any lure from Chelsea and stick with a club that has "massive potential" while also vowing to "dominate" Manchester City's defenders in tomorrow's big match.

The Belgian striker spoke from his own experience at Stamford Bridge when he warned his Everton teammate that the grass isn't always greener at a club like the current Champions and expressed his belief that he is better off where he is at Goodison Park.

Apart from the usual under-handed tabloid gossip, there have been no indications that Stones is even contemplating handing in a transfer request before the transfer window in any case, Roberto Martinez says it would be pointless as it is too late but Lukaku's words are timely and welcome all the same.

John is in a good situation at a good club which believes in him, Lukaku said in The Telegraph. He is playing and is learning from Phil Jagielka. Hes been here two years now but this is the year where he really needs to confirm he is the top player he can be.

"This club has massive potential, with the players we have and ambitious manager. He is in a good place. Hes in a good situation. He needs to keep on doing what hes doing. He has the Euros coming up, so why go?

"When you go to Chelsea at young age its up to you if you want to survive. Do you really want to fight for your place? You get maybe one or two chances, and if you take them you will continue getting them. But sometimes it depends on the situation too. Its really up to you as a player.

I made a decision to leave, because in my mind, I thought: I am 21. Whats going to happen now? I chose to go to a project where there are young players trying to develop into top players and win titles along the way. I could easily have stayed at Chelsea to fight for my place. But you never know.

Here, the plan was clear. Bring young players over, grow them into top players and win titles. I was seeing myself as part of that, so thats why I signed here on a permanent deal.

In terms of his immediate prospects, Lukaku is clearly in bullish mood following a diligent pre-season fitness programme and an impressive brace at Southampton last weekend and though his sights are set on the visit of Manchester City this weekend, he is again talking of his ambition to be as good as the very best strikers in the modern game.

If you want to be one of the best you have to look at the best, Lukaku continues. For me at the moment thats men like Diego Costa and Agüero. Costa because he has that combativity. He terrorises defences just with a look in his opponents eye.

Costa plays on the edge. Im not on the edge but if I get the ball and start running, just get out of the way because youll be on the floor.

"Ill try to dominate [City's defence] as much as I can. Im taller than them, Im bigger than them so Im not scared. If I win the physical battles I know I will have a good game.  


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Keith Monaghan
2 Posted 22/08/2015 at 08:35:48
Great thoughts from Rom – some of the perpetual wingers & conspiracy theorists will be stunned by this, although they'll probably manage to put a negative spin on it.

What a great boost for Roberto – one of the best endorsements of his dealings with players we've seen. I've been a big fan of Rom since we first saw him in a Royal Blue shirt, although there are clearly short-comings to be addressed.

Fitness permitting, I firmly believe if he gets good service, from quick tempo moves with the ball played in front of him, he'll score a good number of goals for us.

Kase Chow
3 Posted 22/08/2015 at 08:36:40
This is the first piece I've read that sounds like he's happy to be here.

Good man and good ambitions for tomorrow.

We need to win a cup this year to start satisfying our young talents.

COYB!

Ste Wallace
5 Posted 22/08/2015 at 08:43:49
Go on, Rom, you tell him lad. No I'm seriously made up, really looks like John Stones will be stay in put.

I also think Martinez needs a big pat on the back, not only has he consistently said Stones is not for sale but he has backed it up with a subtle warning: Don't bother putting in a transfer request. Firmly putting the power of the club before any player, well done.

Get Mori up to scratch, get Yarmolenko signed and a decent striker, keep Rom fired up, and we can make a statement of intent early in the season that we're up for pushing the big boys. COYB.

Eugene Ruane
6 Posted 22/08/2015 at 08:47:04
I think it's genuinely good advice (the right advice) and agree it's good to see (hear) Rom in a bullish positive mood.

I also think it provides a good opportunity for Rom to (in a very subtle way) say "Hey Jose..."

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Neil Monaghan
7 Posted 22/08/2015 at 08:49:03
Are we on the verge of something special?

As long as we keep this group of youngsters together I believe we are.

COYB 1-0 tomorrow.......

Jim Lloyd
8 Posted 22/08/2015 at 08:53:21
Made up with Rom! I think John Stones wants to stay anyway. It's pissing off those hacks from the National Press who can't believe that "a small club like Everton" can possibly turn round and tell the so called big boys (spoilt little rich boys more like) he's not for sale.

Made up with Roberto too, a class performance in contrast to the spoilt brat dahn sarff

Liam Reilly
9 Posted 22/08/2015 at 08:54:12
Very level headed is Lukaku for such a young man. He showed that at Southampton last week when he walked into the stand to hand a t-shirt to a supporter tha he hit with a loose ball in the warm up.

We should enjoy watching him whilst he's with us because I feel he's destined for greatness this boy.

John Crawley
10 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:11:57
Excellent comments from the big man, which couldn't have been better timed. Glad to hear him so positive, it bodes well for him having a good season.
Gordon Crawford
11 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:12:08
Great to hear. Feeling a cup win this year and Champions League qualification. Super Toffee's for the win. :)
Tahir Abdullah
12 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:15:19
Tremendous & reveals a bit about RM's EFC stated value proposition used in attracting and retaining players...hope this young squad stays together and genuinely challenges for silverware. Up the BLUES!
Jay Wood
13 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:16:16
Romelu gets a very bad press from some on here, not just for what they consider as his limited football skills, but also for what they perceive as his arrogance and disrespect to EFC in interviews.

Such critics are wrong on both counts.

Derek Turner
14 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:19:33
Good boy, hopefully he and Ross tear City a new one. It's nice to hear Rom talk about winning with us, rather than his usual 'big club' stuff.
Jim Lloyd
15 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:22:46
Steady on, Gordon! A cup would be nice though.

Well said, Jay. The lad is a genuinely fine young man and I hope he stays a couple of years within what is becoming a decent young squad.

It's good to hear Gerry saying he wanted to come back to us, as well. We're not far away from having a fine young team here.

Simon Bates
16 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:22:52
I seriously think Lukaku is benefitting from Duncan's input on the training pitch. They have obviously worked on his aggressive side this summer. If Rom can bully defenders consistently then, combined with his finishing, he really would be phenomenal. Add a first touch as well of course!!!
Gordon Crawford
17 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:30:43
Lol, Jim I ain't steadying. I am being super positive, as I believe we can do it this year. 1995 is too long ago; so it's time for the Blues Brothers, to show they have what it takes. :-)
Jay Wood
18 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:36:19
Oops! I wanted to add as 'poor' a season as he had last time out he still was our top scorer with 20 goals. It is common knowledge, for his age, he has a better goal return in top league football than the likes of Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo and Aguero had at a similar age.

Last week at Southampton was a timely reminder of what a talent he is.

Similarly, in any interview I've seen with him, he is softly spoken, eloquent, humble and quick to praise others. He is clearly passionate and a keen student of the game, as this link shows.

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The article details he is fluent in 6 languages and records and views the FULL 90 MINUTES of EVERY PL game so he can study and learn the techniques of other strikers, but also to study defenders to know how best to exploit their weaknesses. How many other professional footballers do you think are so thorough?

In the last week we have heard Romelu saying he has jibbed Ross to score more goals and now, giving sound counsel to JS and talking up the 'Everton project.' This is a young man showing leadership and helping to inspire other young players to up their game.

I for one am very pleased we have the eloquent, intelligent, studious, thoughtful and talented Romelu Lukaku at Everton. The hope now is that the club can match his ambitions so we can retain and continue to attract similar young talent.

Pete Bridson
19 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:40:33
@Eugene (4)...Spot on !
Jim Lloyd
20 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:41:06
Heehee, now caarm down, Gordon!
Colin Glassar
21 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:42:39
I've always supported Rom, Ross and the boss despite all three being poor last season. JS needs to listen to him as the 'special one' can be quite brutal and unforgiving towards young players who make mistakes.

I'm not saying Stones is going, quite the contrary, but young players should look at Chelsea's recording bringing through youngsters, it's pathetic.

Ged Simpson
22 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:46:11
Maybe even the manager needs some credit too?
Christy Ring
23 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:47:16
Very honest and mature assessment from Rom, and I hope it rubs off on Stones.

If we play to Lukaku's strengths, like we did against Southampton, he's unplayable, especially with a striker beside him, and not isolated on his own.
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Eric Myles
24 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:54:18
Why does he need to say this to the press? Can't he just tell Stones and if any journo comes asking for a quote tell them to fuck off.
James Marshall
25 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:55:15
Good lad, I'm a big fan.

One thing - he says he watches every game, but where? Isn't that illegal in the UK? Just a thought...where does he get 90 minutes to record of the 3pm Saturday games for example?

Nick Entwistle
26 Posted 22/08/2015 at 09:58:04
Could this be the first ever case of tapping-down?
James Marshall
27 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:02:23
Second - Naismith tapped Stones down a few days before this.
Ray Roche
28 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:04:57
Eric, yes, he could do that, but coming out in the press and letting them know how much better Stones would be staying at EFC rather than going to that odious outfit at Stamford Bridge, and as a player who left there he is in a position to comment with some degree of accurately, is far better than having a quiet word in Stones ear.

In addition, it counter balances the tsunami of shite that has swamped every back page with "advice" from such notable and upstanding members of the footballing community such as er... Cahill and Terry.

James Marshall
29 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:10:56
Of course players will have spoken to Stones. These people are mates and human beings, not just headlines.
Neil Wood
30 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:18:12
It's nice to see that despite over inflated fees/salaries etc... That someone can see the "project" coming together and wanting to achieve something without buying it.

Blackburn, Chelsea, Man City..... All their titles between them actually mean shit and I actually don't want a multi billionaire owner.

Whilst I realise there's the commercial element to the game, it is getting to ridiculous levels of player salaries and fees now. Something needs to change as the whole "stones to Chelsea" saga and the plethora of sky pundits saying that he "has to go to further his career" will continue.

It's a sad sad state of affairs when even the pundits are trying to get someone to move clubs.

"Success bred from money is a hollow and shallow success entwined with the knowing falseness of achievement". Quote: Neil Wood Just now!

Steve Croston
31 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:18:59
I just love this quote: "...but if I get the ball and start running, just get out of the way because you'll be on the floor" &mdash a bit like Neo from the Matrix when he stands and fights agent Smith, I think he is starting to believe in his own ability finally!

We absolutely must play to his strengths and build our style of play around him and Ross, quick and direct play, no fannying around and he could be up there with the league's top scorers this season. Hamstring permitting...

Paul Ellam
32 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:22:11
Nice to see players buying in to what Martinez is trying to do. If we keep this (on the whole) young side together along with our young up and coming players then we have a great chance to win trophies. Selling players year on year is not the way to do it.

I expect Stones to stay. Browning, Galloway, Stones, Garbutt, McCarthy, Dowell, Barkley, Lukaku – just a few names that get the proverbial juices flowing!

Joe Foster
33 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:24:04
Like it!
Eric Myles
34 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:30:43
Ray #25, I appreciate what your saying but I still relive the nightmares when Neville would come out and say things to the press only for it to backfire.

Besides which, why take any notice of a jouno asking Lukaku that he thinks Chelkski should fcukovski, why not ask Stones himself?

Shaun Traynor
35 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:31:11
All the noises have been excellent this week, now let's make the real noise at Goodison tomorrow and walk away with 3 points and a very clear message to the league that we are a team ready to challenge! COYB!
Jay Wood
36 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:32:24
Hang on Eric! #21

The JS comments were 1 part of a wide ranging interview. In addition to the abbreviated version given in the OP, he also spoke of his poor pre-season following the World Cup last year, playing with 4-5 injections in his foot, his father being seriously ill and him frequently returning home to Belgium to be with him, a situation known and understood by the club, the death of his close friend Junior Malanda of Wolfsburg and how this all impacted on a 21 year old living alone in a new city.

Given that Romelu was himself signed as a young player by Chelski and will have very personal and intimate knowledge of their inner workings, it was an obvious question for the Telegraph journalist to ask of RL: what is your counsel to JS and Chelski's pursuit of him?

Plenty on TW bemoan what they see as a concerted campaign by Chelski and the media to persuade JS to move. I for one am delighted that in recent days we have had both Naismith and Romelu publicly declaring why JS doesn't need to go to Chelski, all the more so that RL's counsel is profound, wise and such good counsel, repeating many of the arguments presented on here by many TWer.

Jim Lloyd
37 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:41:53
I think John Stones is best keeping away from any of those creepy press men, as they'll only twist his words anyway. Up to now, dignified silence and class.
Eric Myles
38 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:45:32
Jay# #32, I will admit that I only read the OP and it reminded me of the proclamations of our previous captain which amounted to nothing more than bs as it never amounted to anything.

But the question still remains, why no quote from Stones himself?

Raymond Fox
39 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:53:38
Steady on chaps!

Nice to here what players think about the future and the manager. Let's keep our feet on the ground though, because City have some players that can score for fun; I can't see us nilling them tomorrow.

If we can keep our team together we could have a decent future and who knows maybe win a cup. But please if we get beat tomorrow don't let's read that the players are shit and the manager's shit, it's always famine or feast on here!

Drew Shortis
40 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:54:32
This is music to my ears. I remain convinced Stones is staying despite all the "£40m and he's gone' kind of comments. It's great to hear one of Everton's main men talking about winning titles and dominating opposition players. Martinez may have flaws, but he is clearly doing some fantastic work with these talented youngsters and when it all clicks we're going to surprise a lot of people.
Brian Porter
41 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:56:49
I hope John Stones listens very carefully to Rom's advice. Lukaku knows better than anyone what it's like to be a young player working under Mourinho. Stones would without doubt have limited opportunities to begin with if he did go to Chelsea where he would quite obviously be understudy to Cahill and Terry.

Substituting him last week was simply another of Mourinho's mind games to convince Stones he would be going there as Terry's immediate replacement. Does Mourinho think Stones is that thick, he'd fall for that one?

Rom can give Stones the full lowdown, in private, of life under Mourinho, and after the debacle with the club doctor, I think Stones should be aware that Mourinho's first priority is results as opposed to the health and safety of his players.

Chelsea do nothing to help develop young talent, and Stones is a sensible lad who knows he is still learning his trade. Chelsea just throw millions at the transfer market to buy in ready-made talent, and I think it would a terrible mistake if Stones did go there, as long-term, I even believe his development could stall under Mourinho and affect his future England prospects.

We will soon see if he has heeded Rom's and Naisy's words, as opposed to the crap from Terry, Cahill and the gutter press who are so obviously in Chelsea's pocket.

Jay Wood
42 Posted 22/08/2015 at 10:59:37
"Why no quote from JS himself?" you ask, Eric. Read Jim (#33).

Eric, until this transfer window closes I will remain nervous about JS still being an Everton player on 2 September.

I perfectly comprehend from both the club and the player's perspective why JS has not been trotted out in front of the media throughout all this. But, rather than focus on the negative as you did, I prefer to focus on the positive and the wise counsel offered by Romelu in his interview.

Jason Thomas
43 Posted 22/08/2015 at 11:04:03
Rom is comparing us to Belgium. He sees a team of youngsters growing together and truly believes that something special could happen here.

"You'll never win anything with kids" — we all know that, but if they all stay and we add the odd bit of quality when needed, who knows how good we will be in two years?

Stones is our next captain, so he has to stay if Bobby's youngsters blueprint is to succeed.

Jim Lloyd
44 Posted 22/08/2015 at 11:09:10
I hope all that rain hasn't rusted my old brainbox but I've got a feeling that Everton are quietly seeing what Roberto has been working for. A good young team.

I saw John Stones when he came off last week and his face was beaming when he went over to Roberto at the end of the match. I remember Rom almost flattening Robbie boy after one of his goals.

The fact that Geri wanted to come here, this young lad from Barnsley, now one maybe two young lads from South America...

But most of all, what a statement of his faith in our manager and our other players, if John Stones stays.

Kelvin Leung
45 Posted 22/08/2015 at 11:58:34
If this young man must talk/speak to the media, at least this is the kind of stuff I'd like to hear from him.

Looking forward to a break-through season from him; it's been years since we had a centre forward with a genuine potential to be a 30-goal striker.

Peter Gorman
46 Posted 22/08/2015 at 12:23:23
As nice as it is for us to hear this from Rom, I really don't think Stones needs to hear it as he is just as mature, thoughtful and appreciative an individual. I never believed and still don't that he would request a transfer. We are talking about a player who really bought into the club since his move, went out his way to participate in Everton charitable works and always made time for the fans.

They are both very likeable young men and a credit to the club. I think Stones's understandable silence on the subject of his transfer (concentrating on his football no doubt) has led some to forget this.

Jim Lloyd
47 Posted 22/08/2015 at 12:30:23
Peter,

I think Rom's comments were for public consumption not John's, as I think they will have spoken many times about the future for them and for Everton.

It's great all the same though, for Rom to put in the public domain such an excellent piece. He's put on record, in a very eloquent way, his view that Everton are aiming to challenge the top teams. I think that John feels the same way.

Tom R Owen
48 Posted 22/08/2015 at 12:59:02
I'd like to see some of our sicknotes off the books:

Gibson — possible sacking offence if proven;
Pienaar, Hibbert, McGeady — Sell or pay off; they're costing a lot and not contributing.

Dave Lynch
49 Posted 22/08/2015 at 12:59:47
Now please. Don't go and have a stinker after those comments.
Ed Smith
50 Posted 22/08/2015 at 13:07:38
"I'm not on the edge but if I get the ball and start running, just get out of the way because you'll be on the floor."

That's the spirit Rom!

Steven Higgott
51 Posted 22/08/2015 at 13:10:33
Well said, Rom, sounds like this squad are ready to fight for each other and show the likes of Chelsea we're not just here to make the numbers up.
Dave Ganley
52 Posted 22/08/2015 at 13:14:26
Well done, Rom. I'm sick and tired of the chavs thinking they can get what they want when they want it. Having cash doesn't make you a big club... classless fuckers. I can't wait till we play them in a couple of weeks.
Nicholas Ryan
53 Posted 22/08/2015 at 14:06:32
Kelvin 40 ... 'years since we had a 30-goal striker...'. I think the last, was Bob Latchford. Strangely, I seem to remember people complaining at the time, about his poor first-touch and lack of movement.

He scored a lot of 5-yard 'tap-ins' which led to one of the most ridiculous 'shouts' of all time from Gwladys Street:

'...He's rubbish that Latchford ... all he can do is score goals'!!

Peter Bell
54 Posted 22/08/2015 at 14:50:44
Nicholas, both Lineker and Sharpe netted over 30 in a season, 17 years after Latchford did it.
Ray Roche
55 Posted 22/08/2015 at 15:18:59
Nicholas, Latchford was a very deceptive player. He was slower than he looked.......but I wish we had him now.
John Atkins
56 Posted 22/08/2015 at 16:12:07
Well said, big Rom, lad, thank you for finally talking some sense.

Watch them gutter hacks slag you off now for daring to cross them!

Andy Meighan
57 Posted 22/08/2015 at 16:44:46
He's confident, I'll give him that. He had a bad time last season, only 8 league goals from open play. He looked poor first half against Watford but improved when Kone come on and was unplayable at Southampton last week. He's a different player with a partner alongside him and hopefully the penny has dropped with Martinez.

Although I don't like our players coming out with statements like that; it always backfires. That'll be one tough game tomorrow given the way City have started. As for Lukaku's statement about Stones... absolutely first class — that's what we want to hear. I'll be gutted if he goes, regardless of some ridiculous fee.

Kelvin Leung
58 Posted 22/08/2015 at 17:15:47
Nicholas #51 - and Bob Latchford was certainly before my time..!
Eric Myles
59 Posted 22/08/2015 at 17:49:49
Jay #40, did you mean to refer to Shaun #33 or Jim #35?

Either way I'm with you as being uncertain where Stones will be on 2 Sept. unless he comes out and says otherwise.

So having the same opinion as me, doesn't that make us equally positive/negative??

Darren Hind
60 Posted 22/08/2015 at 17:54:57
Best Everton interview I've heard for some time.

While everyone else is shitting themselves at the prospect of facing City, our boy is talking about dominating them.

Martinez is faced with a no-brainer really. He seemed to be scared of his own shadow last season. He only has to contrast the fun he had in the first season to the misery he endured in his second.

No fear, Robbie lad. It may be irresponsible (it IS irresponsible) but who gives a fuck.

If the boys wanna fight, ya betta let 'em!

Jay Wood
61 Posted 22/08/2015 at 18:03:51
Eric, I correctly referenced (at the time of posting) Jim's post now #35. As sometimes happens on TW the number changed.

As for your 2nd point which you've only commented on now, yes - we share a nervousness about JS staying or not whilst the window stays open.

As I'm sure you will acknowledge, that is a completely different subject from the one we earlier exchanged posts about - the different ways we viewed Romelu's reported comments.

Paul Andrews
62 Posted 22/08/2015 at 18:06:45
Agreed, Darren.

Let them off the leash... ya know it makes sense!

Des Farren
63 Posted 22/08/2015 at 18:29:54
I am delighted at Lukaku's public comments on Stones.
I am amazed at the maturity of some of our younger players.
I enjoyed reading this thread in its positivity, unlike much of the vitriol unleashed at Martinez last season.
Players unhappy with RM? I don't see any evidence of it. Relax and enjoy the football Everton will produce in coming seasons.
Martin Mason
64 Posted 22/08/2015 at 18:30:06
In some ways, I believe that we could now be in a similar position to when we launched our successful period in the 1980s. Absolutely couldn't get worse... we were diabolical and then we put decent players together who gelled around Andy Gray and Peter Reid. I believe that we now have a squad of players that could genuinely take off and become a very good side.

This is also our only likely route to challenge the money boys in the most unbelievable way possible and that is by buying generally cheap and developing our own team. What a turn up for the book that would be.

We don't need to win every week or get despondent if we don't but just start putting together strings of results including good performances against the top sides. Our problem may be home performances and I may also be misjudging Martinez's capacity to produce unadulterated dross. To be fair, I rated Kendall as the worst manager ever seen at Everton until that team gelled.

Tomorrow's game will be really important; a real tonking and I'll be despondent; a good performance and I'll be mega positive; a win could indicate great things to come. I think it's really important though that the fans get behind the team and lift them.

William Cartwright
65 Posted 22/08/2015 at 18:35:50
Martin (60), I agree with every word, especially the last sentence. Let's get behind the team tomorrow. If we put in a performance and get a result, just watch the expressions on the Sky presenters' faces...!
Colin Leary
66 Posted 22/08/2015 at 19:04:23
Football has changed and technology gives the youth the platform to air their views. With our young stars we could be onto a new era for The Toffees. There aren't many Premier League teams with the potential young rising stars we have... COYB!
Martin Mason
67 Posted 22/08/2015 at 20:45:53
William, for me the performance is perhaps more important than the result. We need to see a direction and in this respect I believe that the manager and players are now the key people. The board can only buy the players for them. How can we compete though against a club that can spend 100s of millions of pounds in a transfer window? What is financial fair play in this context?
Harold Matthews
68 Posted 22/08/2015 at 21:50:18
Not sure he can give his international captain a tough time but I like his confident mood.
Thomas Surgenor
69 Posted 22/08/2015 at 21:54:31
John Stones can't come out and burn bridges by saying "no way would I move to Chelsea". He would be very foolish to do that. They could potentially offer him the world in the future of his career.

Perhaps he has had a few words in the ears of his friends to say "look guys... I'm not going yet, I wanna see how this project progresses for another year and then see – can you drop hints to the media please."

This way, the press get the sound bites they require about him staying and he stays in the mega rich clubs good graces as he didn't "embarrass" them with a public rejection.

Apologies to all on TW, It's been a long day – so I hope someone makes sense of the logic I'm trying to make.

Paul Smith
70 Posted 22/08/2015 at 22:23:22
Nice to hear from Rom but he could still have a resentment with the chosen gobshite and couldn't resist a dig as well as dishing out some sound advice to JS.
John Atkins
71 Posted 22/08/2015 at 23:46:49
WTF is this latest statement by those press pigs ?

'Please let me go from John Stones'

Are they just making this up or are they snooping around his mate and family to get a viewpoint?

This is driving me insane on how desperate these hacks are I'm getting really angry and pissed off now...

Come on, Everton, if this is utter bollocks, come out and say something.

Be as bloody ruthless and insulting!!!!

FFS

Petet Henry
72 Posted 22/08/2015 at 23:48:54
The press don't like the idea we might keep him and are doing everything they can, like they did with Rooney... Express, Daily Mail, Mirror... all gutter press.
Anthony Dwyer
73 Posted 23/08/2015 at 00:37:21
John, I feel your pain and agree with a lot of what you say but I don't think we can expect anyone at Everton to send a more clear message. Roberto has made it as clear as possible that Stones will not be sold.

I for one really hope he is backed by the board so as he is not to be undermined, as this will send out a extremely poor message to the whole footballing world.

I've said for a very long time that we have the catalyst for a very good side. One or two positions need filling, but that is the case at most clubs, but for me our back four (with Baines) is as good a back four we have had in a very long time and it is as good as any back four defence.

Add McCarthy, Barkley and Lukaku and, all of a sudden, you're most of your way through a side and Mirallas, Deulofeu, Barry, and Cleverley have not been mentioned.

Throw in the young talent we have already of Garbutt, Galloway, Browning, McAleny, Besic plus Ledson and we look more than decent.

Stones, Lukaku, McCarthy and Barkley are vital to how this team grows and must be kept together for as long as possible.

Christopher Wallace
74 Posted 23/08/2015 at 00:44:58
Compare the personalities of John Stones and Lukaku with those of Sterling, Balotelli, etc.
Colin Gee
75 Posted 23/08/2015 at 00:47:50
Great piece from Lukaku.

We just need John Stones to score the winner tomorrow and take his shirt off to reveal his top underneath which says "Fuck off you 2nd Division bunch of cockney Rent Boys. I wouldn't sign for you if gave me a million pound a week."

Shaun Traynor
77 Posted 23/08/2015 at 08:48:18
I wish Bobby would come out and do a Fergie to the press........call them out on all the lies and give it to them straight!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XPinFCIM3Q&sns=em

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