Lukaku: I've made my decision

by | 21/05/2016  321 Comments  [Jump to last]

Romelu Lukaku has suggested his mind is made up about his future, hinting in quotes attributed to him by Belgian media outlets that he probably won't be playing for Everton next season.

Looking ahead to the European Championships, the striker's lips were typically loose when talking with the Belgian media who quote him as saying that he has already made a decision regarding his future.

With three years left on his contract, Everton will obviously have a big say in whether the 23-year-old stays or goes this summer but with his latest comments coming in the wake of reports of contact from Chelsea, it seems as though he might not be interested in waiting around to see who replaces Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park.

“There are plenty of clubs are interested," Lukaku is quoted as saying by Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium at a press conference. "In my head, I have already made ​​a decision."

He was asked about the speculation linking him with a return to Chelsea to which he laughed: “We'll see. It's true that the English competition suits me perfectly, but there are plenty of other beautiful clubs.”

Lukaku acknowledged his poor form at the end of the season in which he failed to register a goal in the final 10 games but he defended his record and put some of the blame on Everton's dysfunctional team during the season run-in.

“In all competitions, I scored 25 times,” he said. “The last few weeks at Everton were quite difficult. As a striker, I also depend on the supply of my teammates, but I continue to work hard.

"A transfer has no influence on my European Championships, though. I'm mentally quite ready to start these Euros.”  


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Marty MacDonald
1 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:29:53
He's definity leaving. No surprise there. Everton must achieve the highest sale price possible by encouraging a bidding war.
Minik Hansen
2 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:31:04
I'm excited for Lukaku. I thank him for everything! New top striker is gonna be nice. COYB.
Michael Polley
3 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:32:01
Think Everton will have some say if he goes or not. Remember the Stones saga last summer?
Paul Andrews
4 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:32:28
You made your decision 3 months ago Romelu.
Cheerio.
Kevin Rowlands
5 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:36:26
Great news, take your huge ego, your obnoxious father and agent, your massively over rated talent, and hurry the fuck off out of our beloved club.
Mark Siddons
6 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:36:42
Good Bye Rom ...you're not as good as to you or your Dad think
Gareth Clark
7 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:38:08
Thank you and goodbye!

I wish I could tell Lukaku how disappointed I am in him! I guess, the hype gets to some people. Whereas others are willing to work hard to prove themselves. With the right attitude and work ethic, he will be magic!

Vincent Janssen - 21years old from AZ. He is in the Netherlands national team already. He is ambidextrous like Ross, with his left foot slightly the preferred one.

Good in the air, strong, can hold up the ball, run, dribble & he can put a ball in the back of the net!

What I like most about him, which Lukaku lacks - is his attitude! He works hard, not only on attack, but puts a shift in on defense.

Infact, I'd choose him over Lukaku!

Oscar Huglin
8 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:38:39
Stop treating Everton like dirt.
Dick Brady
9 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:38:41
Never shown any sense of loyalty to Everton. From the moment he signed it felt as though Everton were a stepping stone for him.

He's been awful for all of 2016 and I for one am quite happy he is leaving. I want players who love the club.
Robert Elliott
10 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:39:23
Not like Rom to be indiscreet about his future whilst on international duty! Bottom line, he's got three years left on his contract so him, his agent and his dad can say whatever they want, if a club doesn't make Everton an acceptable offer, he's going nowhere. Personally I hope a transfer does happen. I used to love Rom. Sick of hearing about him now.
Alexander O'Brien
11 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:40:00
It'll be a blow to lose him as we'd all admit that he's a class act but for all parties it's probably best be moves on. Just a shame that when we really needed him he never delivered. All the best Rom now piss off....
Mark Siddons
12 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:41:30
Cheers, Rom... Good luck on the other side... £60 mil will do.
Soren Moyer
13 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:44:22
I hope it's true and the lump is leaving.
Tony Rutherford
14 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:47:35
Tara and we'll get the French lad at Sevilla to replace you and still have 40m in the bank!
David Milner
15 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:49:55
Good for us but enough is enough.

Lets say thank you for the supposed £37m profit we will make & buy Jansssen, Milik & Yarmolenko.

Buy Elis as well & loan him out.

Taxi for Kone & Niasse as well.

Frank Crewe
16 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:50:14
Mind made up or not he's signed a contract. He isn't going anywhere until the next manager says he is. I would also say billionaires don't take shit off overrated football players. Stick him on the bench for the next three years. See how him and his too much to say dad like that.

Although if I were him I'd hope to move sharpish before Origi upstages him in the summer.

Alexander O'Brien
17 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:50:52
Kevin gameiro
Jeff Hough
18 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:55:11
Boring! How many times is the lazy bastard going to blab to the Belgian media about moving on to 'bigger and better' things? Obviously he still hasn't realised that there isn't anything bigger and better. Well at least it will be some other poor saps paying his wages soon; meanwhile we will have a new striker banging them in.

Let's hope it's someone with a little more respect for the people, many of whom are on minimum wage, paying for his and his agents Guccis and Ferraris.

Steve Davies
19 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:55:42
A legend in his own lunchtime. Just take the money and give it to the new manager.

I am sick of hearing him moaning. As long as we get the right money and invest it wisely (ie. no more Niasse buys) I cannot see the problem.

Paddy Howlin
20 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:55:48
He can make his mind up all he wants and his Dad can tout him to any club in the world, but the fact is, Everton hold all the Aces here. He's under contract for 3 years and we can demand whatever we want for him as we don't need to sell. Ultimately it will be up to the new Manager if he stays or we cash in. Nothing less than 㿨m should be considered. When all is said and done, without his goals, we would have been fighting relegation and that shouldn't be underestimated, even if he's a big headed tit and his Dad is a ponce living off his sons talent.
Iain Thomson
21 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:57:32
Hes such a bellend... there are only half a dozen clubs who can afford him. I hope he has an amazing Euros to boost his value then goes.. attitude is appauling and must be toxic for team morale
Brent Stephens
22 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:59:16
Frank, I share your annoyance at Rom. But I don't think a billionaire or anybody would sit an asset on the bench for 3 years and let it depreciate, for no financial return. If he wants off, take a reasonable amount of dosh if we can get it (though people saying he's crap anywhere AND we should take £40m or whatever can't have it both ways, surely).
Jim Potter
23 Posted 21/05/2016 at 17:59:33
Yep, the performance of team mates was poor. Yours was worse. No effort post the Chelsea cup game. You single handedly screwed our semi final up with that penalty and all those misses.

At Palace away you had the gumption to have a go at the fans - when you were truly abysmal.

Go to your greener grass and take your awful first touch with you.

James Stewart
24 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:00:59
Win win for us, lukaku is an effective battering ram when at his best but he simply doesn't have the technique or skill to be an elite player so anything like 65m for him is utter madness.

Take the money and run better off without him and his entourage. Far better players out there to replace him.

Mike Moore
25 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:02:43
Never got a kick against Ashley Williams or Jonas Olsson (steady put hardly top notch centre halves) in matches v Swansea and WBA, best of luck in the Champions League then , overated gobshite.
James Watts
26 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:05:39
And the giant ego gobshite continues treating us like dirt. Surprised he ever lowered himself to play for us. Be glad when he's gone to a 'CL' team so we don't have to listen to him anymore.
Gavin Johnson
27 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:06:04
If we get £56-65m for him and buy a couple of strikers like Janssen and Milik for £30-35m I'll be made up.

I've got no problem with Lukaku leaving.

Stephen Brown
28 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:09:05
He can't really blame his teammates for missing those 4 stunning chances in an FA CUP SEMI FINAL can he ? Including a missed penalty! That's when the really great players turn up when it matters!!

Good riddance! Happy to take anything over 50m for him!

Stephen Brown
29 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:13:23
35m and Rooney from Man Utd would be a good deal!!!
Nick Armitage
30 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:14:12
He is not half as good as he thinks and he bottles big games. He won't go anywhere near Italy where his shit first touch and Catenaccio defending will leave him struggling to get to double figures, neither of the Spanish clubs would want him, the Bundeslegia can't afford him so his options are limited. Hope someone is stupid enough to buy though coz he is really pissing me off. Good riddance.
Doug Harris
31 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:14:50
Why would we want a lazy, uninterested egoist (it's all about me) not Our Club that he is bothered with. Piss off now.

Heard enough from him and his dad; do one, Rom.

You are not worthy of the shirt.

Kev Hand
32 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:17:18

My God, who does he think he is treating Everton like this? It's disrespectful. Someone at the club needs to get a grip of him and tell him we decide not you. Show some balls, Everton.
Kevin Rowlands
33 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:18:17
Btw, do us a favor whilst your at it Rom, take golden Bentley balls with you. Message to new manager, NO MORE Belgian gobshites please!!
Eugene Kearney
34 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:22:25
Have read the first 15 or 16 posts here and they are brilliant: witty, angry, pissed off...... but most agree - let him go wherever he wants and we'll have the £60M or so.

Loads of us loved him at the start but he's never committed himself even when we were all dreaming of wonderful things two years ago........

Bill Gall
35 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:29:28
Question . How many of you if you were a manager of a premier team would offer 60+ mill for Lukaku.? We will be lucky to get 35 mill.
Tom Edwards
36 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:30:37
I made my decision about this guy a while ago..... clearly a bigger deal in his own mind than in reality. When he can be arsed, he can be lethal. Sadly, he generally can't be arsed. Nowhere near good enough with his first touch and at times (many), bone fucking idle. If anyone is mug enough to offer us in excess of £60m, bite their bloody hand off! Goodbye lad, we can replace you.
Gary Willock
37 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:30:42
This is where we need a very strong manager and a board room with balls of steel. I'd love the club to come out and say "Romelu needs to accept that he is under contract to our club, and ensure he comes back from the euros focused and fitter than he did from the World Cup two years ago. We considered that a breach of contract at the time, but accept he was young and stupid. Now he is 'mature', any repeat will result in suspension of wages and/or a prolonged period in a special fitness training program led by our new ex military fitness trainers."

May sound over the top, but we paid a lot of money for this guy. It's unacceptable the way he is disrespecting the club, and it would be fantastic if we took a stand and made a point that we will NEVER allow a contracted employee to treat us like shit. Make it hard and make a point to stop it happening again. There will still be some idiots prepared to pay crazy money at the end, so it's not the gamble it seems.

Len Hawkins
38 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:32:24
Thank you four your well paid efforts over the last couple of seasons, now let's see how you go in a "proper" team ( grass hill isn't greener the other side on ) are all words you can rearrange in your future fabulously successful career.
Geoff Williams
39 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:33:11
What a shame he's not as good as he thinks he is. If he wants out sell him to the highest bidder.
Brian Williams
40 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:33:38
"It also depends on the performance of my team mates".
"Like my piss poor penalty in the F A Cup semi final, and my one on one against De Gea in the same game. Where were they then?"
Cheeky fucker.
Dont think we'll get £65m for him mind. If we got an offer of £40m I would say thankyou very much and order his taxi.
Richard Reeves
41 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:33:53
He's got a high opinion of himself hasn't he.This latest statement could mean he wants to stay for all I know (I doubt it) but there's always a toach of the 'your lucky to have me' about him,this need to be appreciated and expectation for us all to be hoping and praying he commits which was how he behaved before originally signing for us permanently with the tweets he was sending out.Here he puts a little blame on his team mates for his goals drying up towards the end of the season which even if true he would be best not mentioning,it shows a bit of arrogance.

I've said this a while back and still think the same....what we see of him now is what anyone will see in five years time in my opinion,his goal ratio will be the same and he won't improve much (if at all) in other areas.

He won't be one of the best strikers in the world as he thinks and he won't be afforded the luxury of playing every game for another side when not on form.I would prefer him to stay but could do without the Hollywood stuff but if he did want to go I wouldn't mind seeing the new manager (hopefully de Boer) insist he stays,bring in a couple of top quality young strikers,rotate them all with one or two of our own academy players if they're ready,qualify for the Champions League and then sell him for big money,with a bit of luck to a team full of big ego's who don't like each other.
Brian Williams
42 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:37:06
....and another thing. He only wants away coz he knows Mourinho doesn't rate him ;-)
Gavin Johnson
43 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:38:32
Bill.

If you were a football manager of a premier league side would you have paid 㿙m for Raheem Sterling?! City did. Rom's much better and gives a 20+ goals a season return.

Don't run our players down so much. People on here talking of 㿊-40m are talking rubbish. We won't sell for that kind of money. The newspapers by and largely get the fees right. We're not going to sell a player for half the estimated value just because they've spat their dummy out.

Karl Meighan
44 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:39:48
Just watching the cup final and Rashfords touch make Lukaku look amateurish. Ye he can finish but great player he will never be, he will score goals but vastly overpriced like most strikers.
The problem remains who do you spend the money on and who replaces him?
David Barks
45 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:42:11
Yeah!! Let's kick his 25 goals out of the club. Let's get rid of the best striker we've had in decades!! Yeah!! That's makes us feel better!! We broke up with you first!! Like a bunch of teenagers I swear.
Brian Williams
46 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:44:40
David. He doesn't want to play for us.
Kev Johnson
47 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:44:58
Rom,

We made up our minds with you a lot longer. Most Blues fans had accepted that you only turn up when you feel like it. The semis was the final nail for me. You had three or four clear chances and bluffed the lot of them. Martial gets one and it's game over.

I wish you good luck and have sent to Goodison a pair of tweezers to remove the splinters from your fat arse. You're deluded, Rom, to think you'll grace Real Madrid's frontline or even Bayern Munich. We'll see you back in the Premier League in a couple of years, playing for Hull City or Crystal Palace.

Neil Gribbin
48 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:47:13
㿙 million and above I would take. With add ons in the contract.

Don't let the door bang you on your oversized arse, you balloon.
Barry Kay
49 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:48:36
Just fuck off. I can't stand players like this. Over-paid, over-rated and over-hyped, crying fuck.
David Barks
50 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:50:42
No Brian, he's sick to death of playing in a shit side with a shit manager. He knows other clubs with top managers and top class players do want him. It's a business, just as so many on here love to speak about when they want to sell players at the end of their careers. Well he's at the start of his, and is looking to see how he can progress. We have no manager. And the one we did have, we persisted with despite it being apparent he was clueless.

He played Cleverly at LW and Lennon st RW, with 2 defensive midfielders!! What decent striker would want to deal with that? He's under contract. We should get a top class manager and the word should come from the top that he is not being sold and we aim to win the league. But of course, our Board are silent.

David Barks
51 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:52:41
In other words, don't blame the player, blame the club. Direct your anger where it should be, at the damn Board, for not giving us what we deserve.
Kieran Kinsella
52 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:54:31
It's good that he has decided since obviously he's the only party involved. Curious to see which team he has decided to join and how much he's decided they'll pay.
Paul Conway
53 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:58:52
Can't say I wish him well given the effort he put in.... or lack of it in the last part of the season. Another dreamer, who is trying to fart higher than his arse!

With a bit o' luck he'll end up like Lescott... looking up at the PL table!
Soren Moyer
54 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:59:42
He will be loaned out to WBA again!
Gavin Johnson
55 Posted 21/05/2016 at 18:59:47
I think David's got a good point. Even the sceptics, one of which, who I won't mention said Rom was inferior to Benteke and he wouldn't even get into a top side 6 side at the start of the season. But started to sing his praises as the season went on, but surprise, surprise Rom's shit again...Why?! Because he wants to leave.

He will leave and we'll get the £56m-65m he's worth. Everyone's a winner. There's no need to start getting bitter just because he has the audacity to ask to leave a club that has had 2 consecutive bottom half finishes. The cheek of the boy.

Bob Skelton
56 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:05:49
Needs to be playing for a team like Leicester where he can use his pace on the counter. Arsenal or Utd would get pissed off with his poor control. He's a flat track bully so he needs to go to a league where there is only one team that can win anything, so either PSG or Bayern Munich are the only clubs in Europe. He thinks he's too big for Everton so let him go, along with his club foot ball control, and leave us with a nice profit to invest.
Michael Neely
57 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:06:44
Only Aguero has scored more goals at 23yrs of age than Lukaku so to suggest that he is anything less than a top striker is silly. There are other clubs willing to pay a huge fee for him which surely is a measure of his worth.

If as reported fees in the region of 㿭m are being bandied around then we should take on the mentality that we have a 㿭m striker that we paid 㿈m for. We should be doing everything we can to persuade him his future lies with Everton, that is unless a new manager doesn't fancy him, then we should instigate an auction.
Rob Brady
58 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:06:44
It will take something or someone special to beat his goal scoring record but I think with these comments we see now what Mourinho couldn't stomach a few years back. (Maybe that's why he want to leave now because Jose is inbound?!)

Everton put you on the map Lukaku; apart from Rooney no one else has managed anything better since they moved on from our fantastic club.

We appreciate what you have done because we are not just Everton fans – we are true, genuine football fans.

You need to be like the true sports pros of this world, ie, shut de fuck up when it comes to media statements and be known only for your sporting talent and not your utter shameful lack of respect for the fans and clubs that pay you fortune for putting your hands over your mouth for missing yet another chance. Slagging off your team mates is a stoop too low. If you are with us for preseason I hope Funes Mori splits you in half with a crap but intentional slide tackle.

Like you tweeted when you joined our famous club – time for a new era.

Good luck with yours, you ungrateful twat. How dare you slag off our great club despite all they have done for you.

Brian Williams
59 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:07:55
I can understand David and Gavins points but the fact remains he has three years left on his contract and his behaviour is, without doubt, somewhat unprofessional.
He may well have decided he's leaving but, if they choose it to be, the power is in the hands of the board.
I know it's a business but it's a business that carries with it more emotion than almost any other hence the anger at Lukaku's apparent lack of respect and his decision to, apparently, ignore his contract situation.
Kevin Judge
60 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:09:39
You made your decision sometime ago, Lukaku!

So bye bye. By the way, neither Chelsea nor Man Utd are in the Champions League next season.

And hopefully we can get 50million plus.

Keith Harrison
61 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:10:28
His decision will mirror that of our next manager, because, like it or not, this arsehole and his obnoxious followers seem to keep forgetting that he has over 3 years of a contract remaining.

He scuffs far more shots than he hits cleanly, and is not the natural scorer he believes. Compare his actual finishing to that of the RS's Sturridge, and they are not in the same league.

Get in, Jason Puncheon, by the way!
Kevin Rowlands
62 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:12:24
True Brian, if you do some simple research on why he was moved on from Chelsea, Mourinho is quoted saying that he did not want to fight for a 1st team place, tells you all you need to know about his character. I want him gone from our club more than I wanted Martinez gone, with his attitude he is probably poison in the dressing room, goodbye and good riddance.
Colin Metcalfe
63 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:12:34
He is such a gobshite ! Every time he goes on international duty he spouts his mouth off !
He has played a lot of football at Everton not warming the bench , made him our star player even let him take the pens FFS although he is pants at taking them .

If he was such an " incredible " talent I would be watching my beloved blues in the cup final I watching now but the fact is he not good enough to make a top top striker because his flaws are all there to see .
After we sell him for £50m + watch a replay of the semi final we will all sleep better !

Stu Barnes
64 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:14:58
"I continue to work hard"

Must be a different Lukaku

David Barks
65 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:16:07
Ok, let's get something straight. Every damn striker misses more than they make. EVERY STRIKER IN THE WORLD! I'm so sick of hearing that stupid line that he misses more chances that he converts. Why the elk do you people think that games have 10-20 shots and only end up with 1-2 goals. Christ people. He scores goals, more than most in the league, and he's extremely young and can grow.

But we're Everton, take the money and hope right? We like our strikers to just run hard all the time for hopeless balls toward the corner flag. God forbid he stay in the middle of the pitch and wait for some damn service into the box. I see Zlatan chasing balls down in the corner all the time, oh wait, no I don't.
Peter Morris
66 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:21:09
If the lad and his 'advisors' try to engineer a move to another English club, in particular Chelsea or Man United, neither of whom are in the Champions League next season, I will lose all respect for him. I have no particular gripe with his wish to try his hand in that competition, and let's face it, that's unlikely to be with us any time soon, so a handsome profit on the sale is adequate recompense. Off to Germany, Italy or France and it will be fine by me.

The money will need to be carefully invested in a quality goal scorer, because without his goals contribution last season, we would be joining Aston Villa in the league below, let's not lose sight of that.
Gavin Johnson
67 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:23:10
Brian #59

I'm not a fan of keeping an unhappy player. I say sell him, and let Frank De Boar buy 3-4 quality players from the Dutch league. Milik, Jannsen and Hakim Ziyech will all cost anything between £40-50m. And all 3 are quality.

I just don't like what seems like denigrating our best striker in decades because he wants to leave.

Mike Moore
68 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:24:26
He hasn't asked to leave though Gavin, HE has decided he wants to fuck us off, subtle difference, contracts aren't worth the paper they're written on.
Paul Ellam
69 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:24:39
If he wants to go, and we get the right money for him, then the sooner the better.

Gives us time to replace him then and despite how good Lukaku thinks he is, there are plenty out there who can replace him.
Shane Kelly
70 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:24:50
Enough of this shite. Stick him in the under 21s for a season and then see how he feels. He is under contract. Time to send a message to these overpaid overhyped egotistical mercenaries, "shut up you ungrateful prick."

I can't stand by that argument that we need to treat these "special talents" any different than we would those who don't have animals for agents, the ball is in our court on this one. Fuck the money, let him rot until he comes crawling back and shows us all what he is undoubtedly capable of. Until then, go learn what it means to play for this great club with a bunch of kids who would give their collective right arms for your talent, your opportunity, and your platform.
David Hallwood
71 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:25:46
I'll give him the benefit of the doubt in that he hasn't said "I want to leave" but if he does want to leave for an intelligent man, he's acting like a dope. Firstly, he's still contracted for 3 years. Secondly he knows that if Everton don't want to sell they won't-a la Stones.

So coming out with a statement that 'I' have made my decision, unless the decision is to stay. it's out of his hands.

Lee Heath
72 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:30:48
I'd sell him for 20 million let alone 60. He is gash and he will be found out at a big club massively.
Rob Brady
73 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:30:50
David @ post 65 your point is valid but when a player openly slags off his team mates and his club, this blatant lack of respect means our hopes for him are wasted breath.

This is true in all walks of life not just football. Root out the disruptive elements early as possible.

He needs to go and all the promise you see in him will mean we get new and significant funds to invest in equally worthy prospects.

We should not fret when players move on and I agree with you completely that our club needs to be more ambitious.

The signs right now are that they will be. Let's hope that's a reality.

Sean Roberts
74 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:41:35
If he doesn't want to stay then I see no point in forcing him to. He is a goal scorer and unplayable when he is on his game so by all means take the money for him but please please make sure we get a quality replacement.
Minik Hansen
75 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:42:30
Gareth #7 Remember we've also got Tarashaj, look for him in the Euro Cup!
Kevin Rowlands
76 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:43:04
David Barks, how many goals did he score the last 11 games? How many goals against the top 5? Is Mourinho a good manager and was Chelsea from 3 years ago a good team? Why did they fuck him off? Is Wilmots a good manager and were the Belgian side in the last WC a good team? Why did he hardly get a look in. When he left Chelsea why weren't their any top European teams interested in him? Any one reading your posts would believe that's it's Everton and most of the fans that want him gone like we did Martinez, I'm afraid it's the other way around, he wants out, and some of us are more than happy about that.
Mark Frere
77 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:43:17
Shame he couldn't be bothered turning up for the last 10 games of the season because he's shaved £10 million off his market value. Furthermore, are the top clubs going to be interested in a player that picks and chooses the when to perform? He does himself no favours. His own worst enemy.
David Barks
78 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:49:05
Kevin,

I don't know, why did Mourinho fuck De Bruyne off, only for him to go to Wolfsburg and then City and dominate? Not to mention Lukaku was a teenager when Chelsea let him go, as Chelsea continues to do with all their youth players. Have you not been paying attention to their failures? You don't think they might have wanted his goals?

Belgium were a waste at the last tournament and it was actually Hazard that was very poor, playing selfishly and hurting his team. Do you not recall that? You're more than happy to see our top goal scorer in decades leave with no guarantee of what type of player we will get. Money doesn't guarantee success. Just look at Niasse, and the millions spent by Newcastle. Christ, Benteke cost an arm and a leg and is garbage. But yeah, let's get rid of 25 goals a year for a player just in his 20's. That's how top clubs operate.

Darren Hind
79 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:51:38
Brian @40

Couldn't agree more. Sixty five million is pure pie in the sky. Clubs want players who can control a ball for that sort of money.
I cringe when I see people putting 20m on the value of our players, then taking a similar amount of the the value of a player they think we should get . . then telling us how much money we will have left to buy some more superstars.

David Barks
80 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:53:20
Picks and chooses when to play. Give me strength. Was it his choice to leave Mirallas and Del out of he team and instead start with Lennon and Cleverly? Cleverly, who United said no thanks to. And Lennon, who Spurs said good bye to do to his poor service. Oh but I forgot, Lennon runs a lot so plucky old Everton should worship him.

And what exactly was Lukaku to do while the team played with no shape? What was he supposed to be doing while the back four just passed it side to side, up to McCarthy and back to the keeper?

Kevin Rowlands
81 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:53:27
David, why didn't you answer my 1st 2 questions? and yes, I'm happy to see him go, with this arrogant twat it's always all about him, never about the team. Everton will be better off when him and Mirallas are shown the door.
Brian Williams
82 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:54:07
Gavin #67. He' not, I believe, being denigrated because he wants to leave. He's getting stick because he's going about it in a totally unprofessional and disrespectful way.
I happen to think his 25 goals were hugely important for us and I think he'd score even more with a better manager and a better system.
But when someone behaves like an arsehole then he deserves to get stick.
James Stewart
83 Posted 21/05/2016 at 19:55:44
@65 So what is your point David are you saying Lukaku is world class or at zlatan's level? I suppose they are both egotists but that is where any similarities end.

Look at Vardy and Kane's work ethic, neither are constantly sounding off about bigger clubs either. Lukaku has done nothing since the Chelsea game hardly the mark of a 65m player.

Mat McConville
84 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:00:55
On his day, unplayable. Unfortunately note the reference to 'day' and not 'days.' In the modern game where the emphasis is the counter punch, a you need a willing striker who is prepared to run the channels tirelessly and can hold up the 'out ball' bringing others into play. I would perceive those two qualities to be his biggest flaws.

His goal-scoring contribution cannot be disputed, but his inconsistency will leave him short in a top four side in the likes of Spain, Germany, Italy and England. I'm hearing rumours that a deal for 50+ million with Dortmund and if we can get that kind of cash we should be wearing masks.

David Barks
85 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:01:42
Kevin,

How many goals do poor teams score against the top 5? Do you not think that the top 5 are generally in the top 5 because they are good defensively?

And how many goals in the last 11? Do you mean when the club was in free fall and the manager had lost the team, and the entire 11 man squad had no shape or system? Do you not know that football is a team game and a striker is to some degree reliant on the support and play of the other players on the pitch?

And Mirallas getting blamed, for what? For Martinez refusing to play him despite him getting 2 goals in the only 2 games he was allowed to take part in at the end of the season?

Maybe this is all Everton deserve, since so many supporters just seem to want hard working English players to huff and puff. No, we don't want talented players with ambition. We'll take players happy to see out season after season of failure, but they'll run a lot.

If that's what you want then go support a track and field team. I want talented players who want to win and compete against and with the best. We should be demanding the same of the club. But we accepted a relegated manager for 3 seasons. We've expected decades of no silverware.

David Barks
86 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:03:04
Matt some of his biggest games came with counter attacking play but our manager said that's not the way to win games! He refused to play that way. How in the hell is it Lukaku's fault that the team was forced to play slow and predictable football?
Brian Williams
87 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:06:24
David #85.
We want players who are happy to play for the club...not too much to ask.
David Barks
88 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:08:06
Brian,

And the best players will only be happy to play for a club that shows they are trying to win titles. Is that to much to ask? Why the hell aren't we demanding that from the club?

Do you think Real or Barcelona would be filled with those players if they just set out every season to finish in the top half of the table and hope for a cup run?

Ian Hollingworth
89 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:08:17
So Lukaku is off to bigger and better things.
We need to realise that the football world does not see us as a big club.
Let's hope the board show real ambition with the next manager appointment and we need to be showing that ambition soon.
Gavin Johnson
90 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:08:24
Darren

I know you're always a glass half empty kind of chap but that's the transfer market.

Raheem Sterling is only worth 㿀m tops but he went for 㿙m and if you use that deal as a benchmark you think a striker who has just turned 23, who has scored consistently over 3 seasons and has a better goalscoring record than some of the biggest names in world football at that age. Who also has 3 years left on his contract so we don't need to sell. You really think we'll only get the 㿔m you're inferring?!

Don't be so negative man. Trust me. He won't be going anywhere for that kind of money.

Peter McCann
91 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:08:29
Well, Lukaku, if you think you continue to work hard, God help your team mates when they think you are just going through the motions.

You are a lazy greedy self-centred and, by the way, you are useless at penalties, you big dope.

James Watts
92 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:11:00
If Lukaku worked as hard on the pitch as he does when talking he'll be worth a 'CL' club. I personally hopes he goes back to Chelsea as in a few months he'll probably be sitting on the bench again. Gobshite.
James Watts
93 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:11:00
If Lukaku worked as hard on the pitch as he does when talking he'll be worth a 'CL' club. I personally hopes he goes back to Chelsea as in a few months he'll probably be sitting on the bench again. Gobshite.
Mat McConville
94 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:12:24
David 86, it's a game of opinions. Never doubted his ability, just his ability to produce it consistently. IMO his first touch was more often then not a ricochet. The out ball is so important to give the team a start. To give players the opportunity to get past the ball.
Bill Watson
95 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:13:12
Ermm! No, Rom: Everton decide if you stay or go.
Armando Canaj
96 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:17:49
Good luck at your next club.

Take note, you'll need to improve your attitude to work for the team and massive improvement required in your first touch.

Also, gamble on runs into the box and give pens a miss in cup semi-finals...

All the best, Rom. Cheers for goals...

Chris Corn
97 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:19:02
My heart wants to agree with those slagging him off and saying he's shit, but my head says his goal ratio between us and WBA says very different. He will be a big loss. Unfortunately ,he doesn't see Everton like we do ,probably like most good foreign players who will just pass through until we manage to establish ourselves.
Sell for the best price, but don't let him dictate.
Laura Round
98 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:22:58
Sat here watching Manchester United lifting the FA Cup. Cheered palace all the way. What a fix! As others have mentioned, turns my attentions to Rom at Wembley.

What a disappointment. Robbed us of our success so he'd be able to trigger his probable clause... He can fuck right off. Fat sulky bastard.

Tony Doran
99 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:24:50
Get rid asap, before he has a stinker in Euros.
Laura Round
100 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:25:16
Oh yeah! On the plus side, though, hopefully Man Utd will be stuck with LVG now and we can snap up JM.
Dennis Stevens
101 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:32:00
Has the club accepted an offer for him, or accepted a transfer request from him? If not, I'm not too sure what decision he thinks he needs to be making.
John Daley
102 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:32:32
David @45,

"The best striker we've had in decades" isn't that much of an accolade when you consider most of the others were either bought on the cheap, injury prone, other clubs cast off's, players way past their prime, untried youngsters, limited workhorses willing to sacrifice their own goal return for running the channels, or a head butting prick packing back neck bulge like five jumbo hotdogs jammed in a plastic bag and a pair of chesticles like John Candy before he went on a crash-corpse diet. For £28m it should be a shoo-in that he's the best striker we've had for some time (although I'd still take a pre-injury Yakubu one on one with the goalkeeper over Romelu any day of the week).

Lukaku is, by some distance, the most expensive player in the clubs history. Everton put their faith in, and a massive fucking wedge down, for him when other clubs were only prepared to whisper passing words of flattery on their way to signing someone who wasn't quite so expensive or raw. They made him a regular Premier League starter and their first choice striker, when other clubs weren't convinced he could cut it just yet. At West Brom he was often considered a better option from the bench, whilst Chelsea weren't even curious enough to give him a proper chance to show his worth. Not one other team, in the Premier League or elsewhere, were willing to match the fee Everton were prepared to pay for him.

Martinez, for all his faults, backed him to the hilt, bigged him up at every opportunity and played him in almost every game for which he was eligible even when he was off form, putting in half-hearted performances lacking in effort or showing all the lethal shooting ability of one of The A-Team breaking out of a bog cubicle that isn't even bloody locked.

No one at the club has ever chastised him for constantly chatting shit to the press about wanting, needing....nay, deserving....a bigger stage, or those close to him publically pimping him out, naming other clubs who are supposedly desperate to secure his services and suggesting it was a mistake for him to ever move to Everton in the first place.

People aren't saying we should get rid simply to make themselves 'feel better'. They're just saying enough is enough. We've heard this talk ever since he walked through the door and if a move is what he wants then it's probably for the best and we're ready to help him pack. That's not the sulking, smarting, reaction of "a bunch of teenagers". It's the reaction of experienced (perhaps world weary) people who have witnessed similar situations unfurl way too many times before.

Everton have seen far better players than Romelu Lukaku leave for pastures new and managed to roll with the punches, no problem. It's certainly not the end of the world. It never is.

Why fight tooth and nail to try and keep hold of someone who has always thought he's the one doing the club a huge favour, despite them going out on a financial limb for him? Someone who is under contract, earning a fucking fortune, has received nothing but unswerving support, yet still spends half his time telling anyone who will listen that he's slumming it and yearns to be somewhere 'bigger and better'?

Bollocks to that.

Darren Hind
103 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:32:42
Trust you Gavin ?

I had enough trouble trying to convince you we wouldn't get half of what we paid for Niasse.

You seem to think there is some sort of going rate in the transfer market right across football. Let me tell you there isn't, never has been. Your repeated references to Sterling show you haven't quite grasped that yet.

Dream on if you think we will get 65m for a guy who can pass or control a ball

Sean Randles
104 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:34:15
We have had 3 years out of him and will probably double our money thanks to Roberto's excellent decision to buy him. He has been very good this season for the most part- and will only get better. Time for a change for both parties- wish him well and move on.....
Dennis Ng
105 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:35:16
Chris 97, it's not slating if you back it up with facts. Fact is, he gave up since his game with Belgium. He's not good enough for UCL. Have you seen any of those title teams allow a player to give up like that? Take as much money as there is to offer and boot this mercenary out.
Kevin Rowlands
106 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:43:44
David, you can harp on all you like about how great he is, whoa is us how are we going to cope, blame Everton, blame us ungrateful unknowledgable fans but it doesn't change anything mate, he himself wants OUT, get used to it. Personally I prefer Ranieri's phylosiphy, no big time Charlies, just team players who want to be at and play for the club, I wonder of you can be successful with that thinking David?
Paul Tran
107 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:44:28
As ever, If he wants to go and we get a good offer, let him go.

I'd like the new manager to come in and play to our only striker's strengths. If he can get goals in that team playing that way, what will he do with manager who picks a team that gives a striker some service?

I have a feeling he'll be with us at the start of the season.

John Daley's right. I'd take a fit Yakubu any day.

Peter Cummings
108 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:49:09
''Iv'e made my mind up'', means he wants out. problem is he has a 3 yr contract to deal with and if he does go it has to be for a record EFC fee so unless he does a Sterling 'sulk fest' I can't see anyone lining up for his signature anytime soon.

He single handedly cost us todays final missing at least 3 sitters in the semi so, while he knows where the back of the net is I suspect most Evertonians won't mourn his departure.

Paul Andrews
109 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:49:45
The fee depends on the buyer. If it's PSG we will get more. Look at the 㿞 million they paid for a defender who can't defend.

Come to think of it, they wouldn't want to spend a further 㿞 million on another defender who can't defend... would they?

Keith Monaghan
110 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:49:59
Do we really know what Rom has said? Do you all believe all you read in the papers, especially re POSSIBLE football transfers?

Can those who say Rom was so lazy for the last 10 or so games honestly tell me that Ross Barkley wasn't?

In my opinion a lot of what David Barks says above is true. I fail to believe that anyone will pay 㿭M for Rom although I do believe he is replaceable. He has shortcomings, but has been our best striker for years and we'll miss him if he goes.

In spite of his limitations, he's a proven successful striker in the Premier League for the last four seasons, playing in average teams. I hope he stays – with better service and stronger management, his performance will improve.

Brent Stephens
111 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:52:52
Lukaku was in a poor team in the 2015/16 season (an especially poor team in the latter stages of the season) and still bagged 18 in the league - the sort of return we want. If we can get a team together that gives him much more quality service where he thrives, he'll be gold. Keep him if we can.
Gavin Johnson
112 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:53:14
Niasse, Darren?!

I don't believe we've ever had any kind of discussion on that subject. If we had, it would have been before he started a game and I would have said that we don't know either way until he'd had a run of games. Now he has had a few games and looks a dud we'll be lucky to get half the money from a Russian or Turkish club this summer.

I don't see what Niasse has to do with Lukaku though. I think you've shoehorned that one in to try and fit your argument, Darren. It's apples and oranges. Lukaku is wanted by some of the biggest clubs in the world. He has a world class goalscoring record. It doesn't matter if you don't like his style of play, or whether you think he's a gobshite for getting his dad to manipulate a move.

㿭m is the fee the papers are hawking him at. Tbh I don't think we will get that much. But we get more than 㿔m Darren. I think double bubble at 㿤m is a fair price and in the region of what we'll get in today's inflated market.

I've missed you Darren. You went MIA when everyone was on the same page about Roberto. I guess you didn't have anyone to debate with ;)

Soren Moyer
113 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:53:59
He'll be loaned out to WBA again!!
Brin Williams
114 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:55:59
Is good sometimes, was good sometimes but never good enough for a top Everton side. Our future is without him but with the money he produces .
£65M and he's your's!!
Colin Glassar
115 Posted 21/05/2016 at 20:58:17
I got half way through the posts and had to give up. Every time this lad links up with the Belgian squad he says the same thing over and over again and everyone gets pissed off and goes mental.

Let the new manager get his feet under the table before we start selling anyone. FDB speaks the same lingo as Rom so I'm sure they'll be able to come to some understanding to benefit all concerned.

If at the end of the day the manager agrees to let him go, we get a shit load of cash and funds to replace him (difficult as that may be). If he stays, we get a potentially 30 goal a season forward. What's to lose? It's a win-win situation in my opinion. And, as others have said, we hold all the cards and they're marked!!! So calm down ffs.

Ian Riley
116 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:00:18
Lukaku is forgetting something. He has three years left on a contract he signed. £60 million or see you next season, Rom!

Darren Dennett
117 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:05:23
I am sick to death of hearing Lukaku and his dad doing everything they possibly can to undermine Everton FC. Who on god's given earth do they think they are?

Both of them should be so grateful to Everton for offering stability, respecting and promoting a player that was passed from pillar to post. We all know Rom wants to move on, and we understand the reasons why. But why are both of them bleating on like traders on the stock market floor? So disrespectful... So taking the piss. Just let scumbag agents deal with things football.

Don't know what happens in the dressing room week-in & week-out, and I'm only guessing, but I can only imagine Rom must be one of the most miserable, negative individuals around that camp; if things are not going his way, it rubs off. You only have to look at Stones... I mean what makes this boy smile for fuck's sake.

I think he's a fantastic striker, first touch shit, but he's only going to get better. I think Everton will be a much better place to be once he's gone. A lot of the squad looked up to him as some sort of leader in a way, but when his head's down and not at the races, it definitely affects all around him.

Everton will be a new animal moving forward, I think the days of always looking at, what IF should be back packed off and sent south. For me, it's a full rebuild, top to bottom. Moshiri seems to be fully on board. I'm convinced he will appoint the right man to take our great club onwards and upwards.

I'm still undecided on new manager. Mancini has a winning mentality, passionate, educated in the Premier League...


Grant Rorrison
118 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:06:42
Good goal scorer. World class player? Nope, sorry but you're having a laugh. As long as we get a decent price for him if he wants to leave. Good luck to him.
Pete Ellingham
119 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:13:28
He isn't going to united then!!!!!!! Not with the new manager!!
Grant Rorrison
120 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:13:43
Brent 111. We played some exciting, attacking football for a good chunk of the season. We were far from poor in many aspects. Sadly, in terms of results, due to a variety of reasons, some self inflicted, we were shite and got worse as the season progressed. Lukaku had plenty of chances created for him though. The game against Norwich springs to mind, where he had at least half a dozen decent chances and scored one. :(
Pete Ellingham
121 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:14:41
Mourhino in charge of United next season confirmed!
Pete Ellingham
122 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:18:33
Sorry I meant Mourinho!
John Salmon
123 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:19:19
Three years left on his contract, stick him in the u21s, make a stand, and whilst he is there, he may learn how to win a header, prick.
Kevin Hughes
124 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:22:01
Every player looking for greener grass away from Goodison has generally found that anonymity follows.

I think Rom will regret any decision to leave, but hey, we'll be fine.

Gavin Johnson
125 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:22:17
Didn't want Mourinho anyway.

I hope this doesn't mean we'll have calls for breeze block head to be our next boss now.

Darren Hind
126 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:28:19
Gavin you are like a starry eyed kid, I don't think I've ever come across anyone as easily pleased.

You spent two years defending Martinez because you were convinced he was a top class manager who was destined for greatness. . .now your doing the same with Lukaku.

World class ? you could have dragged anyone of a hundred people from the crowd and none of them would have offered less than he has these past few months.

World class goal scorer ? where does that leave Kane, Vardy and Aguero . .they all pissed all over him this season. Two of them cost nothing

Given what we paid for him and how much we pay him, the club need to get 40m just to break even . .a lot of money for very little return in big matches.

We finished bottom half again, We couldnt have done much worse if we left him at Chelsea and played Mirallas up top

Alan Bodell
127 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:30:26
Someone said on an earlier thread quite correctly most of his goals are scuffed or miss hits, his free kicks and penalties are woeful and thanks Rom for fucking us out of the semi but heh, it aint about us is it ? so carry on Mr. Lukaku bluffing your heavyweight frame like a ballet dancer just so long as we can recoup at least £28m before you fuck it all up at the Euros.
Colin Malone
128 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:31:40
I've made my decision. I'm not going to be a lazy bastard next season.
Chris Owens
129 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:32:28
"In my head, I have already made ​​a decision".

Never mind what's in your head, Romelu. You made a decision to play for Everton for the next 3 years. We have that in writing. It's called a contract.

Sandra Williams
130 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:32:38
So, 'The Circus' moves on to Old Trafford......quite strange timing tho. (and I give it 6 months before he upsets or offends someone).
Alan Humphreys
131 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:32:41
Surely the club decides what happens with the lazy prick, what with him having signed a lucrative contract.

Here's hoping Moshiri has brought some better back office staff with him.

Jackie Barry
132 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:33:59
If he wants out let him go, who cares. We will get a new manager and rebuild. I am actually quite liking the idea of De Boer, think he will make use of the youngsters and build something special.
David Hallwood
133 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:38:48
Interesting times ahead as last season could've been a temporary blip but for a couple of seasons there's been a changing of the guard feel to the EPL, with the Sky4/5 not being automatic shoe-ins for the title.

Man U has lost Fergie and like a lot of teams that have been successful for a number of years is going through managers like a rock star goes through groupies.

Chelsea have lost that great spine they had and look decidedly average.


But both teams and Citteh are rebuilding and as such the future's uncertain. Bringing it back to Lukaku it's only Chelsea that seems the probable destination for Lukaku in England. Can't see him Being ahead of Martial and Rashford and Man U or Aquero at Citteh. In addition does Mouriho fancy Lukaku because he's on record questioning both his attitude and link up play.

So looking round Europe IMHO is PSG or PSG. Bayern have Lewndoski who is in a different class to Lukaku; but who knows maybe a team has lined him up. And sadly I'm past caring.

Gerard Carey
134 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:40:18
Goodbye Rom, and your inflated ego, thinking of those chances you missed in the FA Cup semi-final against Man Utd, your team mates laid a load of chances at your feet and you missed everyone of them including a penalty. No player is bigger than Everton.

Who knows, you could be a bench warmer next season, something to look forward to eh!!!

Gavin Johnson
135 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:47:26
Darren,

I didn't say Lukaku was world class. I said he's got a world class goal scoring record for his age. There's a difference there. He's a striker and the ability to score lots of goals is a big deal for that particular position.

Where does that leave Harry Kane and Vardy?!

Well, they haven't pissed all over him as you say. What they haven't got is the same record over the course of 3 seasons. If they had, I'm sure Harry Kane would be touted at 65m if he put a transfer request in. Vardy has had one exceptional season after looking like something of a journeyman before. I've seen several people on this forum say we should bid for him. He's got a few years on Rom but as he's English, who would be surprised if he was sold for 㿊-40m with all the money that's around the game. Its an inflated market Darren. That's why we'll get more than the 㿔m valuation you've put on Rom.

As for Roberto, I said when we had the slump in the 2nd season in the games against Hull and Stoke when there were calls for the sack I'd give him the 3rd season. After one exceptional season and one bad season I think a 3rd season in charge was reasonable for a manager who was wanting to build something long term. We'd been doing that for 11 years under Moyes, without little thought towards utilising the youth team for long term success.

But I was wrong and I'm happy to admit that he should have gone during the 2nd season. You were sage like on that particular subject Darren.

Dave Ganley
136 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:48:44
I agree with him to an extent in that the service to him for large parts of the season hasn't been great and he, like others suffered with the idiots tactics they were all forced to play. However, you are now just an irritant with yours, your father's and agents pissy comments so just fuck off and go get your platter of silver coins elsewhere. You can be great but you are probably much better in your head than in reality. Long term we are probably better off without you. Same goes for any other player looking for an out. We only want players willing to give their all for the club. Very poor substitute for the likes of Sharpy and Gray. They were proper strikers.
Paul Tran
137 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:49:48
Contracts are relatively meaningless these says. I think clubs put players on them to enhance their sale fee.

He'll stay with us or go to PSG. Someone should tell a few people that Chelsea and Man Utd aren't in the CL.

What is it about Belgian players? Might explain why their national team always flatters to deceive.

Colin Glassar
138 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:53:45
RB Leipzig, remember that name.
Kieran Kinsella
139 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:54:44
Paul Tran

No contracts aren't meaningless. Just ask Ossie, Hibbs and Gibson who are likely to be picking up job seekers allowance while taking odd jobs as brickies or rag and bone men in the next few months.

Kieran Kinsella
140 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:56:14
Colin

When will we get our new boss?

Colin Glassar
141 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:57:01
Next week, I hope, Kieran.
Grant Rorrison
142 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:58:07
Some RB playing for Liepzig, Colin? Not as good as Seamus Colemano, surely? :P
Kevin Rowlands
143 Posted 21/05/2016 at 21:58:53
Spot on Alan #127, I've seen him score some magnificent headers with his shoulders, oh and it looks like Rom and old Rog are going to have to drop Utd from their wish list, the new manager there has already made his decision, he thinks your shite Rom!
Paul Tran
144 Posted 21/05/2016 at 22:01:46
Sorry Kieran, I meant they're meaningless for players worth a shedload of money, rather than honest journeymen benefitting from a club needing to replace several players quickly while having neither the finance or nous to do so.

We put Lukaku on a contract to maximise his sale value. Let's see if anyone 'suitable' actually cones in for him. I have my doubts.

David Barks
145 Posted 21/05/2016 at 22:04:55
Kevin,

And Mourinho said the same about De Bruyne and look how well that worked for him, all the way to the sack at Chelsea.

Andy Kinsella
146 Posted 21/05/2016 at 22:13:29
No way is this kid Champions League standard. He hasn't got the heart or desire to compete with the Vardy and Kane of this world. Too much of an inflated ego for our club. See ya, Rom.
Ernie Baywood
147 Posted 21/05/2016 at 22:16:25
When these quotes come up in international breaks I usually just ignore them. They're asked leading questions and then media make a big deal out of diplomatic, "hedging", answers.

But this one is different. Completely unprofessional and worthy of a club fine. It impacts us because there's a different market for players who are for sale compared to players who aren't. Everton need to make it very clear that any sale is on our terms and we want to keep him, while disciplining him for his big mouth.

3 year contract Romelu, that means whether you've made a decision in your mind makes no fucking difference. You'll do as Everton says.

Darren Spiers
148 Posted 21/05/2016 at 22:31:51
Please fuck off gladly with your dad... really sick of hearing about you wanting to play for a Champions League team... You went Chelsea and warmed there bench as you were shite – and I'm sure if you go to PSG, Man Utd etc, you won't get a look in you fool, you still have a lot to learn; especially respect and heart – now please jog on and leave as soon as possible.
John Davies
149 Posted 21/05/2016 at 22:41:16
Arrogant prick. The club will call the shots not him. He's under contract. Anything over £40m and he can fuck off. Not worth a penny piece more but we might get it from some sucker. Won't be going to United if Mourinho gets the job. He doesn't rate him.
Steve Guy
150 Posted 21/05/2016 at 22:44:49
I have loved having Lukaku lead the line but this sort of serial self publicity is just unprofessional and an insult to the Club that pays his wages and disrespectful to the fans of that Club.

Martinez chose to ignore his last outburst but I hope the Club now show some Cojones and fine him (Publicly) as well as making it clear that he leaves in Everton's terms when we are good and ready.

Kevin Rowlands
151 Posted 21/05/2016 at 22:45:37
Clutching at straws now David? He wants out pal, sooner or later your going to have to accept it and move on, as for Mourinho his resume speaks for itself and he's just landed himself one of the premier jobs in world football, I'd say a lot of decisions have been right, btw I personally don't like him and glad he's not in the Everton frame anymore.
Gavin Johnson
152 Posted 21/05/2016 at 22:48:52
I wonder how much we still owe Chelsea, and if so, how much? Wasn't the fee actaully more like 㿃m that could potentially rise to 㿈m on the clubs performance? This will all become a factor if Chelsea are the likely destination.
Grant Rorrison
153 Posted 21/05/2016 at 22:49:37
Mourinho? Would I like a league title under him? Yes please. Do I think he's a total wanker with no respect for anyone else? Well, yes kind of.
Matthew Salem
154 Posted 21/05/2016 at 22:54:29
I have to disagree with many of the negative comments. Lukaku is a top striker and understandably is pissed at scoring 25 goals in all competitions and seeing nowt in return. We finished 11th again due to our shambolic defending, so I'd try to move in if I was him.

Having said this, with 3 years on his contract, we are the ones with leverage and should demand silly money, especially if he does well at the Euros.

Peter Roberts
155 Posted 21/05/2016 at 23:09:00
Don't know what's more annoying... the lad himself or the Evertonians who defended this over rated, deluded prick.

Read it and weep.

Seen all I needed to see after a few months. Barring the odd game where he seemed to remember his job, he's a very very average footballer with athletic genetics but with no courage.

Gavin Johnson
156 Posted 21/05/2016 at 23:12:36
Peter - If Lukaku broke Dixie's record you'd still find fault and elevate his shortcomings.
James Flynn
157 Posted 21/05/2016 at 23:14:36
If he wants away (which he hasn't said) he has one option "decision-wise"; refuse to play.

That's it.

Everton has more options than that.

1. If the numbers are right, and Everton cut a deal with another club, he can go.
2. If the numbers make sense, but the new manager wants to keep him, he stays.
3. If the numbers don't make sense to Everton, he stays.
4. He stays anyway.

The Kenwright years are over. All Rom can do to force a move is flat not play. Which he won't do.

Contracts ARE worth the paper they're printed on. Especially contracts with duly-noted, legally-binding ink signatures.

"In my head, I have already made ​​a decision." Let's see what that is.

Mick Barrett
158 Posted 21/05/2016 at 23:17:42
He's still under contract, so the decision is Everton's... no matter what Rom, his old man, or his agent says.
Laurie Hartley
159 Posted 21/05/2016 at 23:27:17
It's the effect these comments have on the rest of the squad that concerns me the most. It cannot be good for morale.

Claudio Ranieri when asked by a journo, "will you be able to attract bigger names to the club now?" Responded :-

"I don't want big names - I don't want to break that dressing room".

That is the crux of the matter. Therefore I wouldn't hesitate to sell him. As Harry Catterick once said - "That's football son".

Garry Corgan
160 Posted 21/05/2016 at 23:27:54
I'll be plain.

Fuck you Romelu. It's a good job I'm not Everton's billionaire majority shareholder because I would let you sit and rot for the three remaining years of your contract.

Your transfer fee would be a small price for myself, as a billionaire, to pay to teach you some fucking respect.

Grant Rorrison
161 Posted 21/05/2016 at 23:36:11
Said it before and I'll say it again. I agree with Ferguson. When you leave Everton 'the only way. (for 99% of players) is down. ' When Lukaku is sitting on someones bench because they don't appreciate his need to have 17 touches to bring a ball under control he'll wish he was still at Everton having people sing his 'Romelu Lukaku' song.

Kevin Rowlands
162 Posted 21/05/2016 at 23:49:07
Matthew 154, if he was a top striker ala Ibrahimovic we'd have been playing in the cup final today, he's a semi decent goal scorer and a bog average footballer, if anyone wants to pay us SIXTY MILLION POUND that person needs to be sectioned immediately or be taken to see one of the world's greatest eye specialists.
Darren Dennett
163 Posted 21/05/2016 at 00:01:07
Chris,129... Absolutely correct, mate. We hold the cards – not Rom or Rog. We took him, believed in him, trusted and promoted him. He and his old man should show the club the utmost respect and keep their fucking views and opinions behind closed doors.

I will be so glad when this pessimistic bastard fucks off... what a horrible fucking family. Can't play in Italy? Defence too tough. What a moby. Get rid asap.

He is spreading so much negativity around the club, it is becoming pandemic. I'm beginning to hate this boy.

Bob Hannigan
164 Posted 22/05/2016 at 00:17:14
I'd say he was going to leave us eventually, it's probably best he leave now as his head wasn't totally into Everton. We'll get a nice packet and move on.
It would be nice to meet him in years to come when we routinely prevail handily over his new side.

Wondering what his olde man would say then?

Laurie Hartley
165 Posted 22/05/2016 at 00:24:27
It's the effect these comments have on the rest of the squad that concerns me the most. It cannot be good for morale.

Claudio Ranieri when asked by a journo, "will you be able to attract bigger names to the club now?" Responded :-

"I don't want big names - I don't want to break that dressing room".

That is the crux of the matter. Therefore I wouldn't hesitate to sell him. As Harry Catterick once said - "That's football son".

Malcolm Dixon
166 Posted 22/05/2016 at 00:27:35
Farewell, then, Romelu "The Flag's Up'' Lukaku, may you learn to time your runs so that you are not, inevitably, offside yet again and to trap the ball with something other than all the finesse of the proverbial barn door. If you are one of the world's best forwards then as a planet our attacking players are, to a man, shit.
So, take your mistaken idea that you are too good for Everton and Fuck right off.
Thanks.
Colin Gee
167 Posted 22/05/2016 at 00:28:28
So Rom's made him mind up, and chance of him letting us, the fans know?
Jay Harris
168 Posted 22/05/2016 at 00:31:08
JUst on goals he is not in the same class as Aguerro, VArdy and Kane but taking workrate and ability to hold up play and pass he is light years away.

Throw his ego in and you cant help nut think you can do better.

As well as the goals he has scored how many did he create for the opposition due to poor control or passing.

Get shut for whatever price and build a team not a one trick pony show.

Les Martin
169 Posted 22/05/2016 at 00:48:03
No surprise then, why should he play for us as he has no idea where we are heading?

Poor season in a team where he needed to score three to guarantee three points

We all knew it was on the cards; take the fantastic transfer money on offer and move on.

Gordon Crawford
170 Posted 22/05/2016 at 01:01:27
I can't wait until he is gone. He never wanted to really be here. But Roberto believed in him and gave him a chance. But he has had zero respect for this great club since he arrived.
He needs a good kick up the ass. And then he should be sent packing to another club outside the premier league.
David Donnellan
171 Posted 22/05/2016 at 01:02:11
Good goal scorer & has got a decent goal return this season especially considering where we finished this season. However he hasn't been on his game since he made his "CL" comments whilst on his last international break. I thought potentially he could have finished with 30+ goals this season, but he just didn't turn up for any of the games after his last international break.
The trouble is that if he isn't scoring goals, he doesn't offer too much else. The ball doesn't stick enough when it goes up to him, his first touch is poor, for a guy of his physique he does get out muscled in a lot of games, he misplaces too many link up passes (although he is not alone in this), heading ability is not good enough & he can be lazy. I'm not a big fan of Kone by any stretch of the imagination, but I always felt he held the ball up much better than Lukaku, shame the rest of his game isn't up to scratch.
I would agree that he is our best forward for the last 20 years, but as John Daley has pointed out, that's not much of an achievement considering what kind of forwards we have brought in over them 20 years. We have hardly been shopping at Harrods in that time, more like Aldi it seems.
Ideally I would like him to stay and see if a new manager can play to his strengths and truly get the best out of him, but if he wants out & only puts in half arsed performances like the last 10 or so games then let him go for the best price possible. Thanks & bye.
Peter Roberts
172 Posted 22/05/2016 at 01:14:14
Gavin 156... "if lukaku broke Dixie record you'd find some way to criticise his shortcomings"

OK Gavin.... I await the day that this lad goes from 18 and scores 60 goals a season before I declare amazement at how someone with such a shite touch, one foot and abysmal aerial prowess could be compared to the greatest goalscorers of all time.

At the same time I will write a piece comparing the goalkeeping attributes of Steve simonsen and Paul Gerrard with that of Neville Southall.

Till then.... rest assured this lad will not be missed.

James Flynn
173 Posted 22/05/2016 at 01:17:10
Laurie (159) - It's the effect these comments have on the rest of the squad that concerns me the most. It cannot be good for morale."

Based on some uttering in the Press by Lukaku?

Haha. No. Players know they're nothing more than meat on the hoof; dumped the instant they can't produce.

With all this Laurie, you, me and everyone else have no idea what will happen given the shambles left Moshiri by Kenwright and Martinez.

Denis Richardson
174 Posted 22/05/2016 at 01:28:09
Seems to be a stuck record. Player talking shit - shock horror.

He wants out, nothing new here. Get a decent price and move on. Same goes for Stones. Neither player has any ties to the club and both (and/or their agents) obviously think they are too good for us. Sell both for a truck full and reinvest.

Hopefully FdB will be announced next week and the rebuilding can begin.

James Flynn
175 Posted 22/05/2016 at 01:28:35
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Mick Davies
176 Posted 22/05/2016 at 01:32:31
"My daddy says" . . .how embarrassing. If my father had tried to interfere with my career at 23 he would have been told to behave himself. Most 23 year old's have families, mortgages, children, businesses, careers etc. It's not like parent confronts teacher because poor little Romelu is being bullied in the playground.
I would have liked him to have the nous to hang around, see who the next boss is and see where it leaves him, before he starts blabbing about his impossible dreams to the parasitic press; this is Everton FC, one of 12 founder members of the world's first organised football league, and after we coughed up our record fee to bring him here when he couldn't find a 'CL' club, I think we deserve some respect.
It would be a good idea if someone at the club narrated the 'Franny Jeffers' story to him and his father; a tale of a young striker who forced his way out of the club because his head couldn't fit in the players tunnel, only to find that - like Alice - he fell down a hole and shrank, never to find the key to the wonderland of the CL.
I hope he receives a huge fine, and is forced to knuckle down for one more season, and see how he fares in a different system with a new man in charge, as I personally can't see us getting more than £34-40m for him in his current form
Michael Farrelly
177 Posted 22/05/2016 at 01:38:47
Are we surprised by Rom wanting to get away to a 'Beautiful Club'? Not in the slightest. He sadly is a typical example of a modern day professional mercenary footballer, over-rated, over-paid and over-adorned.

Let's hold out and get as much as possible for him even if it means he has to sit on his hands until the January transfer window. He has not scored in the past 10 league games, still has the touch of a baby elephant, and really only plays when he is in the mood. We will get over him very quickly!

Lewis Barclay
178 Posted 22/05/2016 at 01:56:22
I fully expect us to sell Lukaku and buy Rooney back from Mutd.

If Rooney can give half of his football brain to Barkley the fee will be worth it.

Liu Weixian
179 Posted 22/05/2016 at 02:03:31
Calm down. He said he "had made a decision". His decision could be to stay at Everton. If he stays, it will be great if the next manager can sort out his laziness, ball control, and tactical application. If not, good luck to him and we will get another decent striker and move on from there.
Darren Dennett
180 Posted 22/05/2016 at 02:28:52
What a gobshite. Talk about "bite the hand that feeds you"... We took him from being passed from pillar to post, gave him ambition, opportunity, trust, a new belief. Lukaku and his arl fella should keep there fucking opinions well away from the media and fucking respect Everton FC.

Everton hold the cards on what happens to Rom – not his arl fella or that fucking mercenary, Raiola. I would personally sell the obstructive, pessimistic bastard for magic beans. If we can get £50 mill north for the player, I would gladly spend every penny on Alexandre Lacazette or Mauro icardi, these two boys are amazing strikers any of them would be fantastic for Everton, winners both of them, a real desire to win, eye for goal...

I personally think EFC are going through a change that none of us have ever witnessed before. The whole structure and philosophy of the club is now being run by an enthusiastic appreciative business man.

By the looks of things, this fella has grabbed Everton by the bollocks and said this is how to do it. For the first time in 30 years, things feel more realistic, than optimistic pipe dreams.

Derek Thomas
181 Posted 22/05/2016 at 02:37:16
When he's good, he's (and the team) very good and scores goals, then you can forgive / overlook, his slightly improved, but still poor, first touch; you can forgive his, unless it's a simple nod in - having the heading ability of a 50p piece...when he's good...and scoring goals.

When he isn't, like the last couple of months - He's just a very expensive Anichebe.

Still, as has been said, with 3yrs left on his contract, we don't have to sell...but if he wants out, we can listen to offers - on our terms.

But we do need the Manager thing sorted out to have somebody in place on the football side of things to actually listen to any offers that might be made...My tip is he will go but not until after the Euros.

But, as has been said

James Watts
182 Posted 22/05/2016 at 02:50:01
On the plus side lads we will save money on his loyalty bonus!
Eric Myles
183 Posted 22/05/2016 at 02:52:31
It's not like he can threaten not to try on the pitch if he doesn't get a move is it.

Nobody would notice.

Viv Sharma
184 Posted 22/05/2016 at 02:57:05
Another classless act from Rom.
Look, the reason people (including me) are pissed that he's going to leave is that he's a good player (no one that pissed when Anichebe left for example).
However, look at all the clubs around Europe who have won something in the last 3 years.
They all managed it with out Rom and so can we.
To those saying it's the clubs fault he underperformed, sure it wasn't geared around him (and it probably should have been) but did you see his body language recently? It was NOT one of "I'm going rogue to win this" it was simply "this isn't worth my time".
And to say you can't blame him for being disrespectful, fuck me, look at the wages, the opportunity, the adoration he's had with us. He's not leaving coz of the manager, he's leaving coz he's too big for Everton, which is us, the fans so yeah, off you fuck Rom, enjoy playing the last 4 minutes of league games for Jose or Conte. See how big your nuts feel being the small fish. You didn't like it last time! Idiot
Darren Dennett
185 Posted 22/05/2016 at 03:11:53
Jesus Christ, I give up. Koeman not coming... Mourinho not coming, Lukaku and family gone (thank fuck). Rebuild, whether you like it or not. Realistic progress next season. Money available to the right man (undecided).

Mancini tipping the scales for his passion and experience. Something in the De Boer story, linked with two favorites of his, maybe it's a done deal!

Money from Lukaku, spend every penny on Lazzatte or Mauro Icardi, Emboli, or Barbosa from Santos. Although I would love us to take Alvaro Morata from Juve.

I think the new man will be in place by the end of next week.


Ernie Baywood
186 Posted 22/05/2016 at 04:10:20
Exactly Viv, he is a good player. I think there's a bit of the bitter ex-boyfriend in some of these comments. He's a player who has done very well at a young age and is improving. He'll be an excellent striker and we'll struggle to replace him.

I don't expect loyalty from players nowadays. People on here saying that he doesn't want to be here are missing the point - that would be true of most of our squad... Plenty of them would rather be playing for twice the money, greater opportunity to win something, and Champions League football. I don't really blame them.

I do expect professionalism though, and the club has to take a stand on his comments. We're still paying his wages and should have expectations of anyone being paid to represent this club. It's up to the club to decide now which route to take - I hope they'll choose to enforce a reputation as a big club through their actions.

Anto Byrne
187 Posted 22/05/2016 at 06:13:12
A performance at the euros could determine how much we get for him. Who is able to pay the transfer fee? Would they want to pay £60mil?

I think Stones will move on pretty quickly unless we get a top class manager.

Steve Bingham
188 Posted 22/05/2016 at 06:18:32
This young gentleman is beginning to cheese me right off what with him and his old man yapping on to the press every other day!
Darren Hind
189 Posted 22/05/2016 at 06:33:24
Gavin

I did say you said world class goalscorer, but by using the words world class, you were clearly trying to put him in that bracket. Kane and Vardy did piss all over him, they are both miles ahead (thats why Spurs would be entitled to expect 65m for Kane).

I'm convinced if we had either the Leicester striker or his counterpart at Spurs for the semi final, we'd have been all getting up early today in anticipation of seeing the boys bring the cup through the city.

Lukaku has his shortcomings, he also has his strengths and on his day he can be very effective. If he had pledged his commitment, or even just kept his gob shut, people would not be so quick to emphasise his shortcomings . . . but the fucking cheek of the man ? . . He's made HIS decision ???.

He may have scored 17/18 goals prem goals but everything was geared towards him and I doubt there is a professional player in England who missed more sitters than him last season

I didnt value him at 40m. These are crazy times and somebody might be stupid, or desperate enough to pay more, BUT 65M ? . .It's not happening.

Vardy may have had a colourful past, but the guy is trying to put it behind him and right now he is better than Lukaku ever will be.

Peter Barry
190 Posted 22/05/2016 at 07:21:15
He is under CONTRACT... leaving is not HIS decision.
Paul Andrews
191 Posted 22/05/2016 at 07:39:44
"World Class" is a term often used to describe players who, to anyone who has a basic understanding of football, clearly are not.

Lukaku, IMO, won't bring a fee anywhere near £65 million.

Ged Simpson
192 Posted 22/05/2016 at 07:45:10
It will be interesting to see how he gets on. I have always seen him as lazy and by no means a complete striker. Although he has his moments. I do think he believes the hype but always wondered why Chelsea sold him.

Probably wise to court big clubs now as I think this is the pinnacle of his career. Did I like him? To be honest, I dislike 90% of Premier League players these days. Petulant pains in the arse.

He seemed to be forever blaming team mates as he stood upfront not chasing anything and not making good runs... apart from after the ball he couldn't control. Team player? Nah.

Mike Mulhall
193 Posted 22/05/2016 at 07:47:44
It's funny how people are writing posts as if Rom will actually read them.

No-one is irreplaceable; sell and buy, move on.

We will see what this new Everton era is all about through things like this...

Stephen Karnes
194 Posted 22/05/2016 at 07:58:09
Amazing the number of people saying he's poor quality. Probably the same people who call him lazy. The whole team was poor this season and it doesn't take a tactical mastermind to see that he was left isolated up top.

I don't blame him at all for wanting out of a club that has yet to show any real ambition.

Eddie Dunn
195 Posted 22/05/2016 at 08:06:26
Rom is the best striker we've had in a while. He hasn't actually said he is leaving, but I suspect that he has been disillusioned both with his teammates and the manager who convinced him to come to Everton.
In the modern game, there is little room for sentiment. The players are in it for the money and their earning potential goes up if they are in the Champions league. The off-field earnings will be higher with the extra exposure to such a large audience.
In the cut throat world of Football, loyalty is at a premium, and we will have been a stepping stone for him, just as he will have served a purpose for us.
He scored a lot of goals, and we should make a healthy profit on him.

He has his shortcomings and has an inflated opinion of himself but we will have done well out of him on the whole.
I like him when he is on the rampage- then he reminds me of Drogba, but all too often he reminds me of Hesky.
Who knows which striker he will eventually be more like!
He has struggled to gel with various strike partners, and struggles to hold the ball up on his own. He was best on the break, on the run, and perhaps the possession based play didn't suit his style.
If he goes, it will be interesting to see how he does.

I won't miss him. His attitude has been poor at times, and the defects in his game are annoying when he is the first to complain to teammates about a poor pass.

Good luck Rom.

Martin Swindley
196 Posted 22/05/2016 at 08:10:20
We have obviously accepted more than one offer and he is deciding where to go.... Good luck to him
Sean Kelly
197 Posted 22/05/2016 at 08:24:15
Good luck to you. Now don't let the door hit your lazy big arse on the way out.
Mike Green
198 Posted 22/05/2016 at 08:31:38
You might have made your mind up Rom but with three years left on your contract we hold all the cards. And I mean ALL the cards.

If it was me I'd ask you, your Dad and Agent what you think you were worth, put £28m on top and put you in the shop window. Within a week you'd get a bit bored, blame our marketing strategy and realise that you were only going for silly money, partly engineered by your own collective 'come and get me' chat.

My bet is he will stink the Euros out (teams / managers fault) and be training hard at Finch Farm come Autumn, running off the cold slice of humble pie which went straight from his lips to his hips. And if he doesn't and has a blinder every goal he scores will but £5m on his asking price. Sweet.

Rom - a word to the wise, if you want to go, go. But if you want the move you want you're going to have to play yourself out of the club as well as talk yourself out of it so get mobile, get sharp and get with it.

Rom Rom Rom A Lu, Rom Rom Rom A Lu, Rom Rom Rom A Lu, Romalu Lukaku...

Giacomo Trifoglio
199 Posted 22/05/2016 at 08:48:56
If his decision making is anything like his ball control he could be going anywhere.
Martin Swindley
200 Posted 22/05/2016 at 09:07:04
All players have release clauses in their contracts and Rom will be no different, whether it is a minimum fee or Champions League team clause is to be seen.

㿭 mil may be to a non-Champions League team such as Chelsea or Man Utd; around 㿔 mil for a Champions League team, I would suspect. Everton do not hold all the cards at all...

Paul Conway
201 Posted 22/05/2016 at 09:15:10
A good evaluation of Lukaku would be, if we ask ourselves, would we pay £50m - 60m for his services?
Mike Green
202 Posted 22/05/2016 at 09:16:55
AND next time you miss a sitter DONT put you hands to your face like it was an Act Of God that caused the ball to move in the direction it did, look at your feet and put your hands up in acknowledgement that the fact you missed was that unless conditions are perfect you are, well, Victor Anichebe. At best.
Tony Abrahams
203 Posted 22/05/2016 at 09:18:15
Agree with Eddie, about their being no,time for sentiment. That's why if he leaves, it wouldn't bother most of us if he fell flat on his face.

I sometimes think Lukaku, can be a good player, but I've never felt he could be great. He suits the ball over the top, obviously, but Peter Roberts 155, and his last paragraph, sums up Lukaku, best to me.

Agree with Darren, and would be very surprised if someone paid the fee getting suggested. I come to this conclusion, because I watch him most weeks, but I hope I'm wrong and someone gets really fleeced.

Kim Vivian
204 Posted 22/05/2016 at 09:33:08
If Rom was English, who on here thinks he would be part of our Euro squad?
Kind of brings it into focus don't you think?

Pick him before Kane or Vardy? I don't think I would

Laurie Hartley
205 Posted 22/05/2016 at 09:33:44
James # 173 - I don't agree with your point of view. I think Lukakus comments have got to have had an impact on the morale of the team. They have certainly had an impact on the fans.

As far as the mess Kenwright and Martinez have left behind for Moshiri, I have got an idea what is going to happen:

1. Moshiri will appoint a new manager.
2. The new manager will meet with the players and figure out who is committed, who is good enough, and who he wants to keep.
3. The new manager will unload some of the squad (as you suggested)
4. The new manager will identify which positions need strengthening and bring some new players in.
5. The new manager will bring in his assistants.
6. The new manager will start coaching them in how he wants the team to set up and play.

I think Joe Royle and David Unsworth will provide input for steps 2 and 4, if the new man is from outside the club.

If it turns out Moshiri decides he can trust Royle and Unsworth to take the club forward then steps 2, 3 and 4 won't take long - Unsworth sent us a big message on that score with his team selection for the Norwich game.

Last but not least Moshiri will sell Lukaku to the highest bidder (or send him out on loan) if anyone comes in for him or if Lukaku puts in a transfer request.

Lee Whitehead
207 Posted 22/05/2016 at 10:00:33
Wouldn't it be fantastic if we had a quote from Mr Moshiri regarding the overrated, overpaid, lazy, fuckers who are showing total disrespect to us and our club.

"Young man, you are under contract to Everton Football Cub. I will decide when you can leave!!! Not you, not your agent, not your father, not the press."

So shut the fuck up and show some respect!!!!!!

Maynard Hanna
208 Posted 22/05/2016 at 10:29:37
[98% off topic - MK]

This morning, I have just learned that a friend of mine of some 40 years plus standing has been diagnosed with an aggressive cancerous tumor and probably has only a year or less to live.

A dose of reality. That's what we all need in life is an acceptance of reality or, at the very least, a perception of what may become reality for us.

In Everton's case, much speculation has appeared on these pages over the past days. Yes, Mr Moshiri will appoint his own man. I believe he has made his choice and will let us know when it suits and that will be when a situation arises that will be advantageous for both the incoming manager and the club for that person to be named.

I also believe that the new manager will have already targeted his selected personnel, both staff and players, and is working on that as I write. And he will not want Lukaku or anybody else who will not give 100% to the Everton cause – and that is clearly Romelu's position. Cry no tears, just let him go, and lets get as much as we can for him.

Our new ground: the decision has been made and probably architects sought and advice already taken as regards the East Lancs Road site.

Mayor Anderson has never impressed me as a forward-thinking person (true, I am on the outside looking in) but bare with me and I shall tell you what I think...

Mr Anderson is probably a decent man. Even a conscientious and hard working councilor. But councilors seldom make good politicians for they don't often possess much in the way of foresight, and just such a man is the Mayor. He has told us that Everton will have a new ground in three years???

  • Purchase and/or land lease legal agreements acquired;
  • Outline Planning approval on site obtained;
  • Plans drawn up, agreed and submitted;
  • Final planning approval got;
  • Contracts drawn up, tendered and awarded...
  • Then – and only then – will site work commence.

Now as regards the Dockland site, I believe that perhaps four or maybe five years timescale but certainly not in three years. But for the Mayor's site, it's council-owned, pre-prepared for site work (rivers diverted etc) with already outline planning approval. So it's 12 months plus ahead of any rival site.

Mayor Anderson thought he was telling us what we wanted to hear (ie, a new ground in 3 years and we would jump at it). He would be seen as a hero, but what he hadn't taken into consideration was the collective inquisitiveness and driving ambition of Everton supporters... who not only want a new improved modern stadium with money-making facilities such as its own bars, restaurants, social areas, corporate boxes etc etc within its walls – we want the best, we want better than the next guys... especially those at Anfield.

As a consequence, people like folk who write on these pages went into overdrive and found Mr John 'RS supporter' Whitaker's Peel Holdings property in the docklands, then put two and two together and came up with 44.

No, friends, I just don't believe the docklands site is on. Locally, I think that, if you applied pressure on Mr Anderson, he would verify that he was speaking with reference to the East Lancs Road site when he was talking of Everton being in a new stadium in three years.

Furthermore, he now knows that he has opened a can of worms for the Everton hierarchy in his jumping the gun in relation to our new stadium and I would think that they are not best pleased yet again with Mayor Anderson.

Now friends, that's probably reality... but I could still be wrong???

Steve Guy
209 Posted 22/05/2016 at 10:42:37
Btw. Well done to a True Blue, Alan Stubbs for managing Hibs to a first ever Scottish Cup win. He always knew what it meant to play for the Blues and would have probably taken Lukaku's lights out for the way he has conducted himself recently
Neil Pickering
210 Posted 22/05/2016 at 11:11:59
Make him put in a transfer request before he goes anywhere and then sell him abroad.

He won't be too hard to replace anyway. He doesn't have the desire, aggression, or ability to be a really top striker in the CL.

He's the Frank Bruno of football.

Mike Moore
211 Posted 22/05/2016 at 11:17:26
I'm expecting ridicule here but would anyone have Benteke as a replacement?
Jay Woods
212 Posted 22/05/2016 at 11:19:11
All new contracts for players should have a clause about criticising the club / bringing the club's name into disrepute, with punitive options right up to suspension without salary until contract runs down.

Sick to death of unthankful, dishonourable players like Lukaku speaking so disrespectfully of the club that feeds and clothes them.

Jay Woods
213 Posted 22/05/2016 at 11:19:56
@ Steve Guy: It's Hibs' third Scottish Cup win, but their first in over a century.
Phil Hoyle
214 Posted 22/05/2016 at 11:22:00
Eddie #195 - really nicely summed up although I feel he is more Heskey than Drogba. Watching him last year was like watching him in the last 10 games of this season. He can be so effective at times (as per the Chelsea cup game) but then can be shocking (as per the semi).

If we can get anything up of £40million let him go. We need players who want to be at our great club and we need winners who won't blame their colleagues for their poor performance - is he as quick to praise them when they are laying on chance after chance that he is squandering.

Liam Reilly
215 Posted 22/05/2016 at 11:27:18
Very disrespectful to the club again. A good player on his day who scored plenty of goals in a poor side, but rarely showed up for the big games.

The club should demand a transfer request and flog him before the Euro's; in case he gets on.

Eivind Nyhus
216 Posted 22/05/2016 at 11:29:56
Rom is a good goal scorer, but he never really cut it when we needed him too. 65+ millions and im okey with him going.
Jim Bailey
217 Posted 22/05/2016 at 11:36:12
Mike@211
Not funny
Oliver Molloy
218 Posted 22/05/2016 at 11:37:31
Phil,
Anything up to £40 million! You are crazy if you think that we let Lukaku leave for £40 million. If there is one thing Kenwright is good at, it is getting top dollar for players who we wish to sell or who want to leave.

We have already invested £40 million in Lukaku, £12 million or more in wages this last two years on top of his transfer fee is £40 million, probably more.

It's not like we are trying to offload him. I reckon it will take a bid of £50 million or more for him to move.

Peter Carpenter
219 Posted 22/05/2016 at 11:37:43
Mike 211 - yes
Dave Long
221 Posted 22/05/2016 at 11:46:30
Damian Wilde
222 Posted 22/05/2016 at 11:56:50
I find it puzzling that some people don't find his conduct disrespectful. I've had enough of him now, he can fuck off. I hope we get a shed load of cash and that he is average elsewhere. The lad hasn't scored for 10 games, shocking attitude he has. Arrogant fool. And if he returns I'll boo him, he's acting like a knob.
Steve Bingham
224 Posted 22/05/2016 at 12:00:19
Mike @211 yes mate I would no problem.
Colin Malone
225 Posted 22/05/2016 at 12:02:21
I've made my decision. If the one or two clubs don't want me, I'll be staying.

We've made our decision. FUCK OFF.

Mike Moore
226 Posted 22/05/2016 at 12:04:14
Id sell Rom £40m plus, go for Benteke (reckon the RS would sell him for £20m max), any takers for a cheeky Rooney bid?
Daniel A Johnson
227 Posted 22/05/2016 at 12:06:02
He's a tadpole that thinks he's a shark.

He can get away going missing at Everton for 15 games but he will be found out at another club.

My money is on him going to PSG and bagging 40+ in the joke of the french league.

He had one big game this season and bottled it from kick off.

He's been disrespectful all season and Martinez never pulled him up on it. I hope someone gives him a verbal rocket on the way out.

Peter Carpenter
228 Posted 22/05/2016 at 12:06:18
As long as he hasn't got a gobby father.
Eddie Dunn
229 Posted 22/05/2016 at 12:18:30
Daniel 227, I don't think Martinez could do much about him, as dropping him left us short of goals. Kone proved ineffective, Naismith was sold, Mirallas must have shat in his crisps, and Niasse wasn't fit.
Eugene Ruane
230 Posted 22/05/2016 at 12:21:06
Lewis (178) - I fully expect us to sell Lukaku and buy Rooney back from Man Utd.'

Firstly, I would be staggered if Rooney goes anywhere until he has scored 5 more goals for Man Utd and beaten Bobby Charlton's record (really hope he does – love the idea of their top scorer ever being a Scouser)

Plus what fee would we (or anyone else) be expected to pay? (nb: yeah he's 30 but most blues are looking at 㿞m+ for Lukaku).

Oh and keep in mind, for the next two years at Man Utd, he's guaranteed 㿋m+ in wages (deal signed when he was 28).

If we could have him as captain in our midfield for the next two years, great, but can't see it.

Kim Vivian
231 Posted 22/05/2016 at 12:39:34
We'd take Benteke. (That's me and my eldest, both)
Bob Cumiskey
232 Posted 22/05/2016 at 12:44:34
I would love the club to state on record that he is for sale for offers over 㿨m
There is lots of positivity surrounding EFC at the moment and I hope they don't allow this guy to be mouthing off about where he would rather be other than here for too long.

Let's get the deal done as soon as possible if he doesn't want to be here. I've enjoyed watching Lukaku at times but I am sick of him disrespecting the club and the fans.

Goodbye, Rom; thanks for the goals but please be aware that they will be replaced by somebody who will undoubtedly show more consideration and respect towards the club and its great supporters.

Danny Broderick
233 Posted 22/05/2016 at 12:46:25
It's a win-win situation. If he goes, we will probably get £60 million +. If he stays, we will have a player with plenty of potential who is capable of scoring 30 goals next year. Hopefully the new man will not allow him to switch off from March onwards though.
John Louis Jones
234 Posted 22/05/2016 at 12:57:42
I agree with some people on here: the stats don't lie – he scores goals... but his ego is too big. Take the money and run.
Ted Keating
235 Posted 22/05/2016 at 13:13:30
Some of the comments are a joke. How can you expect him to stay? He's obviously in need of Champions League football. People forget we finished in the bottom half of the table! Take £65 mill and let him go, without crying.
Daniel A Johnson
236 Posted 22/05/2016 at 13:17:29
If he goes we will get no more than £35-40M.

Anyone who this he's going to go for more than that is deluded.

Andy Meighan
237 Posted 22/05/2016 at 13:25:10
Kim (#231), yes, wouldn't be a minute taking a Liverpool flop. Could you imagine the smugness if he struggle. And the likelihood is he would if we didn't play to his strengths. Whatever they are. I personally think there's far better strikers out there.

Re Lukaku, I'm fed up with him and his auld fella. Pair of jumped-up dickheads. I don't think for one minute we ll get 㿭 mil for him. I think it'll be more like £50 mi. No matter what, it's win-win for us.

Jim Lloyd
239 Posted 22/05/2016 at 13:47:21
Why are they deluded Daniel? It seems to me that the price will be whatever the club who wants him most, will pay.

Prices this transfer window will be inflated anyway, because of the new tv deal; and if Man City paid £50 million for Sterling then some sort of benchmark has been set.

However, I hope that the Club will already have discussed this and will likely wait to see what our new manager wants to do before deciding to sell Lukaku or not.

If he wants to go, I'm all for selling him but I hope our club will only sell him at a price that they think he is worth. I think gone are the days of "I won't sell Rooney for £50 million" and then ended up selling him for bugger all plus add ons. This tiome I'm hoping will will only sell if the club believe it is right.

Personally, I'd say "Thanks Rom and goodbye." and I hope we'd go for those two lads from Holland Milik and Janssen; but this time, We will have a realistic chance of going for them>

Tom Bowers
240 Posted 22/05/2016 at 13:57:08
Let's get him out soon for the big fee expected. He will score goals anywhere but I don't think his overall game will improve and he does have his limitations.

If Niasse can settle in then Everton will not miss Rom as long as a class supporting striker is found. What Everton have at present in Mirallas and Deulofeu is not good enough and Dowell may need a lot more games.

Matt Garen
241 Posted 22/05/2016 at 14:13:22
He's not in the top 10 strikers in Europe. Kane, Ibrahimovic, Lewandowski, Sturridge, Martial, Aguero, Costa, Vardy, Benzema, Lacazette, Higuain.... that's before you even start with Neymar, Suarez, Ronaldo and Messi. He has a very inflated ego.
Mick Davies
242 Posted 22/05/2016 at 14:23:30
Oliver @ 218, "We have already invested £40 million in Lukaku, £12 million or more in wages this last two years on top of his transfer fee is £40 million, probably more."

But how much money have his goals saved us by keeping us in the Premier League?

Dan Aspinall
243 Posted 22/05/2016 at 14:28:41
He's decided! The cheeky fucker needs to understand that, until a bid is accepted, he has no choice to make.

If an acceptable bid doesn't come in (and it's quite possible we will want more for him than any club is willing to pay) then, like it or not, he'll have to bear the torture of being paid millions to play for us next season, regardless of how much he wants to play in the Champions League.

Andrew Clare
245 Posted 22/05/2016 at 14:45:28
I prefer the predator type goal scorer. Not the big lumbering 'give to me on a plate' type striker of which Lukaku is one. I want a sharp 'half a chance and it's in' striker. So forget Benteke or that ex Swansea guy at Man City. Look for a Kane/ Vardy type.

Anyone who is disrespectful to Everton should be stuck in the reserves until sold. I hope we get a strong new manager who won't accept any this chap.

Colin Glassar
246 Posted 22/05/2016 at 14:54:48
Daniel A, deluded? Have you seen what 20+ goals a season strikers go for these days? This isn't the 90s, this is an era where a pudding like Carroll costs 㿏m or a dipshit like Sterling goes for 㿞m.
Gavin Johnson
247 Posted 22/05/2016 at 14:56:25
Matt #241

You think Sturridge is better than Lukaku?

I see the point you're making. I'm not sure I entirely agree with all the names who you've put forward though.

Paul Andrews
248 Posted 22/05/2016 at 15:01:58
Andrew,

That's a good point. Dependent on the new manager's preferred style of play.

If he is a manager who likes to press from the front, it will have to be a player who plays like Vardy, Suarez, Kane, Rashford etc. Players like Lukaku, Bony, Benteke etc can't put the effort in to play that type of game.

Keith Monaghan
249 Posted 22/05/2016 at 15:08:49
Tom @ 240 – You make less sense than Roberto! Niasse settling in!!! How long will that take?! Can't get fit in 4 months! Showed less ability than Bernie Wright!

Also, Mirallas is our best finisher and should be one of the first names on the team-sheet. Martinez should have been sacked ages ago for his treatment of him.

Matt @ 241 – how can a striker (Sturridge), who's never fit on an enduring basis, be one of the top 10 in Europe!?

Kev Nulty
250 Posted 22/05/2016 at 15:13:20
I've made my decision too, Rom, you a lazy fucker knobhead who is deffo the most obnoxious prick I've ever seen.

In the words of Anne Robinson, you are the weakest link... Fuck off!

James Byrne
251 Posted 22/05/2016 at 15:17:01
The most important thing for the club is to get a Manager in. Lukaku is going nowhere until that happens.
Michael Neely
252 Posted 22/05/2016 at 15:26:56
Matt Garen (#241). As I've already posted, Lukaku is better than all the strikers you've named apart from Aguero. Not one of the others scored as many as goals as Lukaku at 23 years of age. He's a gem who we should keep and polish.

Maybe in time, young players like Kane will end up with a better goal haul by getting the right service... but, given the right service, Lukaku would leave them all behind.

Gavin Johnson
253 Posted 22/05/2016 at 15:32:21
I think the people who are taking a third off the estimated value are the most cynical amongst us. Most seem to be like Peter Roberts who has never rated him and refer to poor touch and laziness but then talk of big Dunc of having the right attitude; I'm sorry for bringing that up, Peter, as it was on another thread, but I can't get over that comparison you made. Duncan is one of my all-time Everton heros but he only turned up when he felt like it. Tbh, he greatly underachieved for the talent and ability he had at his disposal.

Personally I've never been one who's been obsessed with a strikers technical ability. I don't really care as long a they do their primary role which is to score goals. In the case of Lukaku he's more than proved himself as a goalscorer. He's also chipped in with a healthy number of assists too. The results justify the means for me.

The irony is that many of the posters who are the most vocal in their criticism of Lukaku's ability are the ones that were crying out for a Tony Pulis / David Moyes type manager who would grind results out when Martinez was obsessed with style over substance.

For the record, I think that 㿭m is a high end estimation and Rom's failure to hit the net in his last 10 games and talking out of his arse in interviews like this potentially mean we're more likely to get a little less. I'm going for 㿤m which is very fair in the current market.

Jay Wood
254 Posted 22/05/2016 at 15:32:24
My name is Jay Wood and I'm a Romelu Lukaku fan.

I thought I'd best get that out of the way as quite the majority on this thread seem to be using it as some sort of therapy to unload some 'issues.'

On the question of Romelu's football ability, his tendency to be caught offside annoys me; the desertion at times of a sure touch and control of the ball bewilders me when on many other occasions he shows great ability of the same in tight, challenging situations; he should not be on penalty duty when we have such a competent reliable exponent of the art as Leighton Baines on the books.

To read some of the above posts any one who did not know the player would conclude he was a complete incompetent. After all, any goals he scored are 'mishit or scuffed'. any headed goals 'come off his shoulder', and of course he is frequently 'lazy and disinterested.'

A tad (and then some...) exaggerated, but to reinforce their burning dislike for the player, the man, there is no limit to how far some posters are prepared to go to denigrate him.

Romelu Lukaku is exactly the sort of footballer Everton FC should be recruiting and retaining. He is - historically, on a world level - up there with the very best for his position, for the age he is.

Check out this link as evidence:

Link

And yet ... some liken him to Heskey and would trade him for Benteke, two years his senior with less career goals.

Then there is the question of 'respect', or rather, the lack of it, by Romelu to the club.

In each and every interview I have seen and listened to with Romelu Lukaku, he speaks softly, humbly, timidly even, often with his head bowed. He speaks eloquently and intelligently (multi-lingual as he is). He speaks in praise of his team mates, of the club and - indeed! - his (then) manager.

The opening post with his latest comments neither explicitly nor implicitly 'disrespect' the club. And yet, more than 200 posts later, that is the assumption by many.

He has made no secret of how serious a student he is of the game and the art of scoring goals. He has made no secret he is ambitious and wants to play at the highest level, in the best competitions, his profession offers.

I would hope Barkley, Stones, even the likes of our (next) golden generation, Davies, Dowell, Walsh etc, have the same drive and ambition. It can only benefit the club.

Given the poor performance our league position in the last two seasons, like it or not, but any talented player (and Romelu Lukaku is a talented player in the most challenging role in the team) with ambition would be considering his options.

"In my head, I have already made ​​a decision."

So do all of us, even on a daily basis. But then, there is some slippage between thoughts, words and action.

Whilst the club seemingly hold all the cards as he is still contracted to us for another 3 years, it may well be too late for the new manager to convince him to stay. Equally, it may not be.

After all, according to many, he is kack, not worth the money being touted, not rated by managers at clubs likely to recruit him, so in 'truth', there are no suitors for his services and he is just as likely to stay as go.

In conclusion, I would say the following: there 'appears' to be a very fresh and new wind blowing through the corridors at Goodison with Moshiri 'seemingly' flexing his muscle.

I await concrete proof this is in fact the case. The managerial appointment will inform us a great deal of what to expect for Everton's immediate future and prospects.

I have no idea who the new manager will be. I have no idea whether it will be someone to impress the fans, the players, the media. I have no idea of our transfer budget and targets this summer.

But if Farhad Moshiri can recruit a marquee manager; if the transfer budget and targets are impressive; if the manager is allowed to assess the existing squad and identifies Romelu as a huge asset he wishes to retain, then I for one hope we will still see him turning out in a blue jersey for Everton next season in a much rejuvinated team.

To willingly unload the known quality he brings to the team in exchange for a punt on a presumed 'superior' untried alternative does not make sense on any level for me.

Lee Brownlie
255 Posted 22/05/2016 at 15:33:21
See how he 'admitted' "It was hard at Everton in recent months", adding, "As a forward it also depends on the performance of my teammates (but I continued working hard)."

So, basically like Martinez, the blame lays elsewhere then and, anyway, it only RECENTLY went pear-shaped. Nice.

Once again, just shows that thin line between class and a lazy, selfish fucker! Bye Bye.

Tom Bowers
256 Posted 22/05/2016 at 15:36:48
Whilst acknowledging Rom's goals, it has to be better for Everton if they sell him now, given that he want's another club and by that we assume a club in Champions league regularly.
It could be PSG now that Ibrahimovic is gone.
Even with a new manager Everton may take a season or two to get back to being a contender.
No point keeping players who's heads are being turned.
Just look at the form of Stones and Mirallas this past season.
Chris James
257 Posted 22/05/2016 at 15:41:43
Isn't it about time players started to understand the meaning and responsibility of 'professional' in professional footballer?

It doesn't just mean, "I getta the bigga money and the pretty-a ladies and the nice-a cars", it means you behave with some professionalism, honouring your employer (in this case our club) and the vastly overpaid contract you signed up to in order to perform an essentially simple and ultimately pretty arbitrary entertainment task.

If you want some more perspective, you are not a vital part of society or the existence and betterment of humankind, you don't even provide good value labour for your work - you kick a ball around a pitch with highly variable degrees of quality and commitment around 40-50 times a year for the enjoyment (or consternation of thousands and occasional millions who seek some distraction. You are a luxury on this planet, and like many of the luxuries (Luis Vuitton bags, super yachts, penthouses) you are 100% dispensable.

Zero-ing back into footballing reference, Romelu you are frankly a better than average forward player, at best a very good player, at worst a dead weight. You have admittedly managed to score goals, some very good ones, but you've done this in a VERY attack minded team (at the cost of any defensive ideology - thanks to Robbie) where you were the sole target for the majority of opportunities.
You have equally missed a hatful of great chances (the 6 or so in the Cup semi final for instance) partly through poor control, partly through lack of effort and partly because I suspect the pressure told.

From a temperament perspective you look VERY suspect with a tendancy to throw up your arms and mooch about when it's not going your way in regular games as well as bottling it in the crunch matches.
E.g. You bottled it in the Champions League for Chelsea (which is one of the reasons why Mourinho let you go) and it felt like you bottled it in the FA Cup Semi Final for Everton. How much have you done for Belgium on the big stage? .....Exactly!

If you think you're bigger than the club, then you're wrong.
If you think you've done anything in your career yet that deserves special or legendary status, then you are also wrong.
If you think you have earned the right to mouth off at every opportunity (is this a Belgian thing?) then again I'm afraid you really have not (I suspect this is even written in your contract - the one you expect to be honoured but you're about to walk out on).

Before you depart Goodison for the last time, I suggest you walk down the hallowed halls and take a look at the photos and memorabilia of some of the true legends that have deservedly worn the jersey and earned our love (and their wages).... Reid, Steven, Kendall, Dean, Southall, Sheedy, Cahill, Ferguson, Rathbone, Gray, Hickson, McKenzie, Horne, Watson, Young.... there is a long list.

You are frankly not fit to clean their boots and will not EVER be afforded a place in our hall of fame (or I suspect that of any other club's).

You are a mercenary and tour attitude (and that of your vile agent + father) to the game, to the club and to your departure sums up so much of what is wrong with our game and arguably our society as a whole today. Self absorption, greed and a lack of real commitment when the going gets rough.

In summary then, whilst we may miss the player's goal-scoring record in seasons to come, we most certainly will not miss the man.

Colin Glassar
258 Posted 22/05/2016 at 15:44:55
I've always said it, build our team around a top goalie, JS, Ross and Lukaku. That could be the spine of our team for the next 7-8 years. You don't go and sell your best (under contract) players if you want to build something special.

David Connor
259 Posted 22/05/2016 at 15:52:18
Well... that's a surprise. He's made his decision. So have we, you mardy lard arse fucker. That's the modern-day footballer's attitude for you. Full of their own self-importance... fuck the club and fuck the fans.

Get as much as possible for him and move on. Great in spells and absolute dog shite in others. We need players who are willing to get stuck in when things aren't going our way and he isn't one of them. 㿞 million plus or let him rot in the reserves.

The new coach has a hell of a lot of work to do and we can't hang around making the decision as to who it's gonna be. Come on, Board... stop dicking around and appoint our next boss!!! With lots of money to spend, this is one of the biggest decisions our Board will ever make. Let's hope it's the right one...

William Cartwright
260 Posted 22/05/2016 at 16:00:51
Colin you are right, but I think you have missed the point behind the Baines' chemistry narrative. I am also am tired of hearing silly buggers on ToffeeWeb insulting Rom's footballing skills because he is not capable of playing the role of back to the goal creative holding striker. That is not his natural game but he is able to play that role with aplomb on occasion.

I love Rom as a player but his downside is his self-centredness. Perhaps that is what drives him to be as good as he is, I don't know, but I do know he has not been conducive to team spirit (one of the traits that elevated Leicester to the status of champions. It is a team game and Rom is just another of the parts. For him to single out his future club, and surmise he was let down by the players around him just shows the impossible arrogance of the man.

How he can say he has chosen his next team, when he is under contract, and any prospective buyer may not be willing or able to pay the transfer fee is just ridiculous behavior. Like father like son I'm afraid.

Dave Abrahams
261 Posted 22/05/2016 at 16:04:47
There is a huge difference in how we Evertonians see Lukaku as illustrated by Jay Wood and Chris James, they both speak a lot of sense making their own cases in how Lukaku is perceived to be seen as a footballer and a man.

I always take note of what Jay Wood as to say, as he is always worth reading, in this instance I am more inclined to go along with Chris James, as always it is just opinions.

In conclusion I think the lad will be gone very soon but I cannot say he will be missed by me, he is self serving and only really interested in himself, the team is secondary In his mind and his efforts are all aimed in what is best for him, he will have to change that selfish attitude if he wants to become the player he thinks he will become.

Nicholas Ryan
262 Posted 22/05/2016 at 16:06:47
Rom says he has already chosen his next club. Therefore, he has shown his intention to breach his existing contract forthwith. If he is not willing to be bound by his obligations, then he releases us from ours .... i.e. .... stop paying him, now!!
Colin Glassar
263 Posted 22/05/2016 at 16:10:01
William, he's a stupid sod who needs to grow up. He also needs to tell his dad that he's not being helpful with his unwanted comments.

Strikers believe they are a different species, and ego and self-centredness is a part and parcel of their DNA. As for team spirit, I often see Rom giving the thumbs up to team mates even after passing the ball 20 yards from him.

The service to him dried up from February onwards and hence his goals. I'm not making excuses for him but he has been let down by his team mates (passing) and manager (tactics). Starve any striker of decent service and they will suffer and wilt.

Jay Wood
264 Posted 22/05/2016 at 16:21:41
Dave @ 261. Thanks for your kind words.

As you say, there are polar opinions on TW on every aspect of the club.

I don't claim to represent any group or clique. I only offer my own opinion.

And my opinion of Chris' post @ 257 is that it is typical of many a post in this thread, just an angry (largely incoherent) rant.

In threads of this nature, I sometimes sense there is a 'race to the bottom' by some posters, tripping over themselves to deliver the most scathing insults as some kind of 'proof' of their credentials of being a 'proud Evertonian.'

As such, any balance and perspective is completely lost.

I repeat, I don't agree with the hysterical condemnation of Romelu Lukaku, either as a footballer or as a man. He has the kind of profile we as a club with genuine ambitions should be seeking to recruit and retain.

Colin Malone
265 Posted 22/05/2016 at 16:27:24
Jay@254.
Send that link to every club in Europe please.
Damian Wilde
266 Posted 22/05/2016 at 16:34:47
Daniel (236), you're going to look very silly when he goes for more than that.

Tom (240) 'when Niasse settles in...' ?you're joking, right? Thank goodness you're not manager.

Matt (241) you think Costa is better than Lukaku? Ridiculous. Mind you most on here thought he was way better last year.

I don't have a problem with him wanting to leave it's just how he is confucting this process - in a disrespectful manner. Keep your mouth shut and discuss with Everton behind closed doors. He owes us?; it'd have been Chelsea reserves or West Brom without us.

Charles Mctegart
267 Posted 22/05/2016 at 17:00:46
I thought Lukaku's goal against Chelsea in the cup was the highlight of my Everton season. It was fantastic. The second half against United in the cup had me believing again!...........And that's it! really!

If we can get 65mill for a player whose first touch is not quite as good as Steven Hawking we should sell.

There can be no more terrifying site in football than Lukaku rampaging towards you with the ball at his feet. Ask Chelsea? But that seemed to be a rare occurrence this season.

However, for every goal we scored, we conceded as well. Lukaku may fair better in a team of highly priced Prima Donas, But didn't Mourino show him the door.
He will always score goals because sometimes you just cannot stop him. Its the cost to the team of getting those goals is a price we can't afford to pay.

He is not being well advised in his dealings with the media. He talks as if Everton were an impediment to his rise to the summit of football and "He's decided what he's going to do in the immediate future!"

For a 22yr old man mountain, who is too gentle for his own good, I wish him luck.

I'm sure we can effectively replace him and a few other first team luxuries with half the money we get for him!


Ray Said
268 Posted 22/05/2016 at 17:09:15
Sad to see him go BUT we have lost better than him and the club still goes on. Thanks for the goals and the massive sum we will get will help rebuild the whole team so no worries.
Anto Byrne
269 Posted 22/05/2016 at 17:14:16
We have a striker that, if we play a direct game and feed him with quality balls, he inevitability scores goals. He had a resume of scoring goals even at the World Cup. I'm hoping he has a great Euros so we can get the best deal.

Remember he has pace power and an instinct to score goals. All those on here slagging him off just remember it was the clueless Martinez he was playing under and isolated up front.

I think he has been honest with his ambition. Do you reckon he would be looking to exit if we were playing Champions League next season? Players come players go.

Jack Cross
270 Posted 22/05/2016 at 17:27:41
Kim Vivian (#204).

I think Lukaku, would equally get in to the England team along side Kane and Vardy.

what you have to remember is Leicester (1st) and Spurs (3rd), were playing with intent all season. Their teams simply gelled and ours didn't. We saw Vardy and Kane score some great solo goals but in the main they were assisted by fellow team mates.

I think Lukaku has a point when he was quoted as saying he simply didn't have the support of his team mates at times.

As for him disrespecting the club, well really? I mean surely he was just answering questions put to him.

Many above have said that he as damaged the team spirit with his remarks. Team spirit, that's a joke, did you watch this shower last season? There was no spirit insight that I could see.

I was a Bony fan and would have preferred him over Lukaku. But Lukaku has done the business this season: 25 goals in the Premier League and Cup and that speaks for itself. And just think how many he could have scored with just a little bit more support from his team mates.

As for him wanting to move on, well I'd hold him to his contract, because believe me he will be so hard to replace. As for him wanting to move on, it's called ambition. I don't see anything wrong with that.

Matt Garen
272 Posted 22/05/2016 at 17:54:11
Gavin #247 Yes.
Andy Meighan
273 Posted 22/05/2016 at 17:56:04
Colin (#263), I can't remember the service drying up in the semi-final against Man Utd. And that was in April. Oh and didn't he miss a penalty in the same game.
Colin Glassar
274 Posted 22/05/2016 at 18:11:51
Mourinho didn't show him the door, in fact, he didn't want him to leave. Mourinho just thought he still wasn't ready to be a regular starter for Chelsea. It was Lukaku who insisted on being sold and not loaned out for another season.
Richard Leeming-McHale
275 Posted 22/05/2016 at 18:36:15
Let's all pretend we'll miss him and we'll get more money...
Rob Hooton
276 Posted 22/05/2016 at 19:00:20
Gobshite. After his last 2 months of performances I no longer wish him all the best if he does force a move.

Would still prefer him to stay and prove that he can be the best for Everton but what will be will be...

Darren Hind
277 Posted 22/05/2016 at 19:35:02
Gavin

this is a terrific thread, but you are spoiling it by spouting nonsense you have dreamed up to try to give your argument some credence.

"The irony is, that many (many?) of posters who are the most vocal in their criticism of Lukaku's ability are the ones who were crying out for a Tony Pulis / David Moyes type of manager who would grind results out when Martinez was obsessed with Style over substance" . . .kin ell.

Do you really believe that ? Is that what happened in your world ? Do you ever remember ANYBODY crying out for either of them ??? How do you expect anyone to take your comments seriously If you are going to make this silly nonsense up ?
Show me anywhere and I mean ANYWHERE, where an Evertonian "cries out" for Tony Pulis ?

"I think people who are taking a third off the estimated value are the most cynical amongst us" . . . .Really ? I think the people who think we can get a player they would like us to sign for next to nothing are the most stupid.

You see it is all about opinion. Valuation is in the eye of the err valuer. People are not taking a third off "the valuation" they are simply offering their own and no matter how many times you come back accusing them of "crying out for" for Tony Pulis. They aint changing their minds

Trevor Peers
278 Posted 22/05/2016 at 19:53:10
Kev @250 I shouldn't really encourage you, but I found your comments about our disloyal transfer seeking plonker of a center forward, absolutely hilarious ! Hahaha
John Daley
279 Posted 22/05/2016 at 20:40:56
"....he speaks softly, humbly, timidly even, often with his head bowed. He speaks eloquently and intelligently.."

Almost word for word what the women of Wisconsin used to say about their neighbour, 'that nice Ed Gein'.

Colin Glassar
280 Posted 22/05/2016 at 20:46:00
Ooooh, that made me feel hungry John. I'll just nip out for a bite, Clarissa
Gavin Johnson
281 Posted 22/05/2016 at 21:21:15
Darren

My post #253 wasn't specifically aimed at you, but if the cap fits it's obvious that you think people see you as an admirer of the David Moyes & Tony Pulis style of management, even though you protest you aren't

I think the only irony here is that you have the gumption to say that this is a forum for opinion when you're normally someone who isn't accepting of other peoples opinions Darren.. Oh the irony.

As far as valuations go. It's fair enough for people to have the opinion that Lukaku will go for 㿊-40m and call other people starry eyed and deluded for valuing him closer to 㿭m. It's okay to have that opinion Darren. It's just wrong in this instance.

Darren Hind
282 Posted 22/05/2016 at 22:09:03
Gavin

As always , you are forced to make more nonsense up in order to try to substantiate the lies you have already told.

I didn't think it was aimed at me because you actually said "many of the posters" . .the clue was in the word "many" I don't have to justify myself to you. friends who know me and people who read my posts about people like John Stones know how I like football played.

Why don't you man up and admit you are lying about many of Lukaku`s critics were "crying out for Pulis or Moyes" ... better yet. Why don't you admit neither manager had anything to do with the debate.

I'd have thought you'd have learned that you fool nobody with these porkies... clearly not.


Jamie Sweet
283 Posted 22/05/2016 at 22:17:32
I tell you one "Beautiful" Champions League team he definitely won't be going to, and that's the current champions of England.

Purely because his stinking attitude would never fit into a team built around hard work and team spirit.

Thanks Rom. Enjoyed you for brief spells.

Now jog on.....

Gavin Johnson
284 Posted 22/05/2016 at 22:21:45
There's no porkies Darren. How on earth can my opinion be telling lies?!

I have 2 of Rom's most vocal critics in my mind who are massive Moyes fans. The point of the post was that IMO (onus on this for clarification) is someone who likes results over style - the Moyes approach would to my mind would be a fan of striker who is guaranteed to score 20+ goals a season.

Ray Roche
285 Posted 22/05/2016 at 22:30:27
Daniel A Johnson #236

Daniel, 㿏m-㿔m?

I'll repeat some parts of a post I made a short while back. We paid 㿈m for him in addition to the ٣m loan fee for his loan season, a similar amount to that which WBA paid when they had him on loan.

So, if he has only 8 years left, at your valuation that would work out at approx ٢.5m a season, less than we paid for his loan, and that is to OWN his registration which also means that he can be sold for a profit if he continues to score goals, something he'll do in a team not managed by Roberto Bellendino.

Maybe we should keep his registration and just loan him out...

Darren Hind
286 Posted 22/05/2016 at 22:31:31
Gavin

If there are no porkies, back the statement up. Show me one single critic of Lukaku who "cried out for Pulis" ?

You wont be able to of course because its utter made up pap.

These two managers had nothing to do with the debate. You thought you could discredit those who disagreed with you by trying to stupidly claim they were crying out for them

Thats not giving an opinion

Oliver Molloy
288 Posted 22/05/2016 at 23:07:29
Mick @ 242
In reply, yes he scored goals that helped keep us away from relegation.
So what has this got to do with what we should sell him for ?
John Daley
289 Posted 22/05/2016 at 23:14:02
Gavin,

I'm still stuck searching for the suggested irony.

So, supposedly, the same people who previously stated they wanted "a manager who could grind out results" are now criticising Lukaku's ability and saying, rather than looking world class, he's actually been putting in performances closer to Clyde from 'Every Which Way But Loose' after Clint confiscated his lagers.

Ignoring whether that's even true or not, how the hell is it ironic in any way?

Gavin Johnson
290 Posted 22/05/2016 at 23:27:49
Darren,

This isn't a grand jury and I can either go into this further with you but I know you you will continue to reply until the thread is closed.
Or I can leave it has it is and you will have to accept that this is my opinion.

I think you are taking my post far too literally. I was posing a question, Darren. It was more of a generalisation based on a couple of posters who like the Moyes/Pulis style and called for either of them to be manager 2nd season in the Xmas slump pre Moshiri. They are also very vocal Lukaku critics. I do find that ironic because the percentage style under those 2 managers lends itself to results over style.

Yet so vocally critical of a strikers first touch who has a fantastic goal ratio. It doesn't really marry up for me. That's my opinion Darren...And I'm not going to trawl throu


Gavin Johnson
294 Posted 22/05/2016 at 23:33:05
And I'm not going to trawl through historic posts before you ask Darren.
Gavin Johnson
295 Posted 22/05/2016 at 23:51:17
John Daley,

You're making me feel like Alanis Morissette now. I know how I meant the word ironic and I'm sticking to that.

Darren Hind
296 Posted 23/05/2016 at 00:08:09
Gavin

First there was many, then there was two, yet you still can't show one.

"Crying out for Tony Pulis"... Yeah it stands to reason, if you criticise Lukaku, you must want Pulis to be the manager.

I was going to say you couldn't make it up, but clearly...

Gavin Johnson
297 Posted 23/05/2016 at 00:27:25
Darren,

It was a generalisation. In this case a fan of regressive football like that of Moyes and Pulis shouldn't be asking for finesse from a striker who does his job and knows where the onion bag is.

What's so difficult to get your head round Darren. You don't believe there are people who frequent this forum who like the Moysie/Pulis brand of management who are also vocal about the intricacies of our CF's style of play?!

Are you sure this doesn't describe you Darren. It seems to have made you more argumentative than usual. Have I touched a raw nerve?!

Btw, I kindly ask you not to call people liars for having a different opinion to your own.

I was actually thinking of Jay Harris & Peter Carpenter when I made the post you jumped on Darren. Sorry Lads. Darren is worse than a Jack Russell once he gets his teeth into something.

Mick Davies
298 Posted 22/05/2016 at 00:49:34
Oliver @ 288, It's not up to me what he's sold for; earlier I said judging on current form we'll be lucky to get 㿏-40m... I was just pointing out, that although you quote figures on how much he's cost us, without his goals, we could have been relegated. What the cost to Everton would have been is probably inestimable, both in lost wealth, and our status as a club.

I think he's acting very disrespectfully and needs to keep his thoughts to himself, or his grievances in house. That doesn't stop me from being grateful for his league goals (even though it needs other players to provide him) and without them, it could have been more than a 'bad' season.

Gavin Johnson
299 Posted 23/05/2016 at 00:50:10
Typo - Apologies Peter. I meant to say Peter Roberts. Sorry ;)
Gavin Johnson
300 Posted 23/05/2016 at 00:51:44
Typo error #297 - Apologies Peter. I meant to say Peter Roberts. Sorry ;)
David Hamilton
301 Posted 23/05/2016 at 01:49:02
"As a striker, I also depend on the supply of my teammates, but I continue to work hard".

Working hard on your first touch would be a good place to start, Rom. Two gilt-edged opportunities when through on goal spurned in the semi because your first touch went further than I can now kick it. And after being put clean through by your team mates.

David Barks
302 Posted 23/05/2016 at 02:34:09
David Hamilton,

And do you not think that he knows that, and will work to improve that? Just as every good player just entering their 20's will continue to work on their weaknesses.

Again, and I'm not saying Lukaku is going to be of the same level of these players, but did Bale not improve his game as he got older? Or has he stayed the exact same player since his early 20's? Did Aguero improve his game? How about Ronaldo? Ronaldo was raw as hell when he came to United, far too often a one trick pony with step over after step over. He greatly improved his game.

Vardy, improved as he got older. Arteta, much better player in his late 20's than 22. Schmeichel, has greatly improved as a keeper.

This constant knock that his touch isn't good enough is flawed because it assumes he won't improve. And that makes no sense. What we should have is a manager who makes him improve. But I fear we've missed that opportunity and now another club will get the best from him.

David Hamilton
303 Posted 23/05/2016 at 02:59:03
David Barks

He might well know it but I think it's bad form to blame your team mates for whatever difficulties you've had over the last few weeks of the season. Maybe he was misquoted or quoted out of context. But on the face of it, there seems to be some blame shifting going on. He didn't score in the semi but could have scored three and his failure to score had nothing to do with his team mates

David Barks
304 Posted 23/05/2016 at 03:59:26
I didn't read his comment as blaming his teammates actually. I thought he was talking about the state of th team at the end of the season, how toxic things were, which had an effect on the entire team. That's how I read it, that the end of the season was poor for the entire team.

And yes, he had a poor game in the Semi, no doubt about that. But he was working his ass off in that match as well. He just had one of those matches that happens every now and then, but it happened to him and us at the worst possible time. But again, he's young and I think we'd be far better off next season with him than without him.

Dennis Ng
305 Posted 23/05/2016 at 04:27:41
David 304, if he stays and play his heart out, I'll support him.

He was awful in the last few weeks of the season and seems as though he's not part of the team, or at least doesn't fit well. Him and his circle using the media as a mouthpiece just adds more fuel to the fire. It is pointless in my mind to keep players who doesn't really play well for the team and wants to leave for "greener pastures".

We will struggle for goals but I'm equally sure there will be an outlet where we can find our goals, with or without him.

John Codling
306 Posted 23/05/2016 at 07:29:52
He's made his mind up? He's still got 3 years of his contract. Who do these players think they are? I would love it if just once a chairman said you're going to see your contract out, even if it means fucking your career up. I bet there was no lack of effort picking his wages up.
Ray Roche
307 Posted 23/05/2016 at 09:01:08
David Barks #302

David, Lukaku is 23. Not 19, 20 or 21. His "first touch" should have been sorted out by now. For a player with Champions League aspirations and an inflated opinion of their own ability, his talents are lacking in some areas.

Just like some players will, no matter how much training they do, never be fast, or good in the air, or have great "vision", maybe Lukaku is a player who will never have the sublime touch of, say, Henry or Bergkamp.

Charles Mctegart
308 Posted 23/05/2016 at 09:31:16
Stones... has all the ability and skill and will improve as he matures as a player. You can see why he's sought after by the great and the good. Apart from a few errors against Turkey, he looked okay to me!

Lukaku... Sometimes is unstoppable and sometimes unstartable. A shy diminutive giant who follows but dosen't lead. He asks politely for the ball but never demands it. Can anybody change him?

Peter Carpenter
309 Posted 23/05/2016 at 09:45:11
Breaking Lukaku News! "I've made my decision and I'm staying. Stuff swanky West London, Manchester's millions and as for Paris, I'd rather be in L4 any day of the week."

But seriously, don't we want to see what another manager would get from him, free of the weird utopian perfect world football of Roberto Martinez and with a bit of meaningful support on the pitch? Wasn't his best spell last season when Kone played close to him and his worst when he was playing up front on his own? Anyone would get fed up of that.

Rick Tarleton
310 Posted 23/05/2016 at 10:05:08
Wherever he goes and I wish him well, he must make sure that in his contract it states that he has to take penalties and direct free kicks within 25 metres of the goal. That way, he can realise his full potential.
Mike Moore
311 Posted 23/05/2016 at 10:49:51
According to todays Evening Standard "Chelsea to offer £65m for Lukaku". SIXTY FIVE MILLION POUNDS!!! Mad as a box of frogs those Chelski types!
Damian Wilde
312 Posted 23/05/2016 at 10:49:51
Gavin, I'm not Rom's biggest fan, I don't want Moyes ir Pullis though. Your point 'generally' doesn't add up.

Rom is a 'decent striker'. Is he 'oustanding'? No. This is because of his poor attitude and inability to trap a football. He'll always be a million mikes away from Ronaldo, Susrez, etc KG of Sevilla is far better.

Gavin Johnson
313 Posted 23/05/2016 at 10:58:50
I don't disagree with you Damian. I don't think Rom is a world class player either but his goalscoring record is for his age.

He's king of the hill for goalscoring and for that reason he is in great demand. If his all-round game matched his goalscoring ability he wouldn't be an Everton player in the first place.

Dan Aspinall
314 Posted 23/05/2016 at 11:04:05
Colin, I'm aware how much they go for. It's not deluded to suggest that our valuation may be more than a bid that comes in. g3;40mill is a lot... but would you take it? I'm guessing not, neither would I. We had "huge" bids for Stones but turned them down.

Until a bid comes in and we accept it, where he wants to play is irrelevant. I'm sure he will go in the summer for, I'm guessing, about £50-55 with add-ons. But it's not up to him to decide... yet.

Damian Wilde
315 Posted 23/05/2016 at 11:33:46
Fair point, Gavin. He does score regularly, hence being in demand. If he ironed out some of his deficits, he potentially could be world class. I think he won't make it to the very top, but will continue to do very well.
Bob Cumiskey
316 Posted 23/05/2016 at 11:53:24
This guy is really frustrating me at the minute.
He is apparently now talking about the last days of Martinez's reign and what his thoughts were in relation to Leicester picking up the trophy in our last away game.

This guy has no class and I would really appreciate him shutting up and concentrating on his football; something he has been sadly lacking in for the last 3 months.

I really did like Lukaku but he needs to be allowed to leave once the money is right. Please Everton, don't let this run and run throughout the summer.

Let's stay focussed on the positives that are surrounding the club at the moment and remove any negative noise away from our great club ASAP.

I'm sure he will do well wherever he goes but we will replace him and his goals; that I am sure of.

Steve Brown
317 Posted 23/05/2016 at 12:11:59
Whether we are realistic in demanding £65 million for Lukaku is irrelevant. Of course he's not worth it due to his technical deficiences, but the market dictates that anyone who can regularly score 20+ goals per season in one of the top four leagues can command that fee.

He thinks that he has given Everton three years, can play at a Champions League level and has shown as much loyalty as can be expected. He is nevertheless under contract to us for three more years and actually we don't want to sell him. And hey we don't need to sell him as we now have a billionaire owner. We are a wealthy club.

Sadly he will leave but it wont be for a penny below £55 million, which can buy a pretty decent replacement. He has to go down as a great piece of transfer business overall.

Tony Abrahams
318 Posted 23/05/2016 at 12:18:21
Bob, 316, his comments are like a comedy sketch. "I just looked at that trophy for two minutes and couldn't concentrate on the warm-up! I want that."

Definitely looks like you were one of the few players who was still trying for the manager, bigballs!

Phil Sammon
319 Posted 23/05/2016 at 12:34:26
Couldn't warm up because he was looking at the PL trophy.

And this guy expects to get to the very top. What an absolute muppet.

HIs mind is made up, anyway. England is his league... but Spain, France, Germany... and a special place in his heart for Italian football.

Does this sound like a man whose mind is made up? Or a rather desperate individual.

Laura Round
320 Posted 23/05/2016 at 12:40:38
What a loser... Making me really cross now. Very disrespectful. How about you earn a trophy? I hope we get loads of cash for him and we finish high above him next season.
Anthony Lewis
321 Posted 23/05/2016 at 12:41:04
Dear God, does this lad ever know when to STFU?

Rom, if you want to leave, pal, just go; we won't stand in your way. But at least show some respect for the fans and the club that gave you a shot a first team football.

James Stewart
322 Posted 23/05/2016 at 13:04:01
“You will know when it is concluded. I have to make a good choice but in my head that has happened already. I have played [in England] for five years now, it's my league. But there are other nice clubs. I follow Spanish and German football and I also have something for the Italian league.

“Wherever I go I want to win prizes” he added. “During Leicester's title ceremony I was standing just 10 metres from the trophy. I just stared at it for two minutes, forgetting to get on with the warm-up. I thought to myself, I want that.”


Does this guy ever shut up? Ulhoa picking up a winners medal obviously got to him. Leicester are a lesson to all in team spirit and work rate.

Gordon Crawford
323 Posted 23/05/2016 at 13:08:33
I hope Moshiri sends him packing asap. Ship him off to China. He thinks he is something special.

We are Everton, we don't need you.

Nick Page
324 Posted 23/05/2016 at 13:57:32
too fxcking lazy for me, and a bit of one trick pony. crap with his back to goal. average in the air. if 55m+ is on the table, take the money and run. no point having shitehawks like this in the squad. massively unprofessional talking about transfers in the press and should be fined 2wks wages which would buy a few kids some season tickets. otherwise shut the fxcking cake-hole and get on with the ridiculously over-paid job. twxt
Dave Abrahams
325 Posted 23/05/2016 at 15:27:49
Gordon (323 ) yes Gordon China is the place, not only the furthest distance away, but they are also paying the most money, spot on.
Gordon Crawford
326 Posted 23/05/2016 at 17:40:50
Yes Dave, they are paying some serious money. Its about far enough for me. :)
Darren Hind
327 Posted 23/05/2016 at 19:31:39
"Are you sure it doesnt apply to you Darren ? it seems to have made you more argumentative than usual, have I touched a raw nerve ?"

Err no Gavin. It would take more than a half witted claim that "MANY of Lukaku's critics were crying out for Tony Pulis" to do that.

Your porkies have been exposed no matter how hard you try to back peddle. with silly claims that it was a generalisation.

You have spent the past three seasons defending one of the poorest managers in the league against the harsh truth . . in the face of overwhelming evidence. How could anything you say touch a raw nerve ?

Your claim that Jay Harris And Peter Carpenter were fans of "regressive" football would have been insulting, if it wasnt so ridiculous . . sure that wasnt just another Porkie ?

Keith Glazzard
328 Posted 23/05/2016 at 19:51:33
This is the guy who thought it was great playing alongside Aroune Kone. Whose first touch went faster than some of his shots. £60million. Otherwise stay and work on your skills.
Gavin Johnson
329 Posted 23/05/2016 at 20:22:42
Darren,

That's my opinion. You asked for names, I gave you names (and it was Peter Roberts if you bothered to read the amendment) you don't have to agree with me Darren.

I like it how you have the brass neck to talk about TW being a forum for opinion Darren when you have so little respect for other people views calling them liars, deluded and half-witted. I think you'll find, that for you, this site has opinion... and then it has the facts according to Darren Hind.

You claim you dislike David Moyes but you've been like a one man cheerleader over the last 3 seasons using Moyes as a template to use for everything you disliked about Martinez. Why talk about him all the time if you don't rate him?!

There's a dark horse contender for the Everton job who also doesn't know the difference between fact and opinion. Maybe he's your kind of manager Darren.

Darren Hind
330 Posted 24/05/2016 at 03:44:07
Gavin

You seem incapable of debating using facts. You have never seen me say anything good about Dave Moyes. . I have repeatedly challenged you to show me a comment, but you have been unable to do so . .yet you have constantly offered up this untruth ?

Thats not debating or even opinion. its a lie.

This seems to be your go-to argument. I remember another poster pulling you up for it, saying you are using Moyes's unpopularity on this site to try to discredit my argument. . . now you are trying to do it with "many" posters.

There is a very clear difference between giving opinion and making stuff up to try to give your argument some credence. . .You just don't seem to know what it is.

You nailed your colours to a rotten mast for three years . . Live with it, because all the silly accusations you can muster wont alter that fact

"Fans of regressive football" . . .dear me

Anto Byrne
331 Posted 24/05/2016 at 03:59:58
Didn't De Gea save the penalty? Best keeper in world football?

Reading between the lines I think most of us actually like the guy and are disappointed he wants to leave.

If Stones and Lukaku want to leave lets get the best deal and move on.

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