The 23-year-old has not been shy about talking about his future since he returned to Belgium to prepare for Euro2016 and while he still has three years left on his contract at Goodison Park, little of what he has said so far suggests he wants to spend another season with the Blues.
Lukaku scored 25 goals in all competitions this season but his strike rate dropped off precipitously as Everton's form plumbed the depths over the last couple of months of the season.
The former Chelsea striker has said that the players' "broken" relationship with manager Roberto Martinez was clearly evident in the team's poor performances and results but Martinez's removal might not be enough to keep him around.
“I'm at a point where I have to make a good career choice," he is quoted as saying in The Daily Star. "We have a new investor at Everton, and out of courtesy I will listen to what he has to say. But I have my own ideas in mind. I want to win titles.
“I have had a very good season, but it is time for me to write myself a CV. That is why I play football. I get that trophy-winning mindset from Chelsea.
“People in Belgium don't see me playing for Everton, but I am respected in England by fans, managers and experts like Jamie Carragher, Graeme Souness and Thierry Henry.”
Lukaku has, inevitably, been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge as well as a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United but is also interesting Paris St Germain who could afford the reported £65m that Everton would demand for his contract.
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2 Posted 25/05/2016 at 21:58:17
3 Posted 25/05/2016 at 21:58:25
4 Posted 25/05/2016 at 21:58:54
5 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:00:20
6 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:00:53
7 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:00:57
He's gone way too far.
Cheeky fucker is ignoring the fact that he's contracted for another three years.
If he had any class he'd be doing his hawking in private instead of using the press to get a move.
8 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:02:46
9 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:02:49
10 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:03:56
Tell them privately it's time to move on. Let the process pan out. Stop going public with everything please.
Lacks class doesn't it?
11 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:04:53
Please Everton, issue a statement that he's under contract until 2019 and will be leaving when you decide - not a second earlier.
12 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:07:25
13 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:09:58
14 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:15:06
He needs to concentrate on his football now.
After the last 3 months being virtually goalless he needs a good euros.
I for one hope he has a blinder in order to enhance any possible transfer fee or bring him back for the new season full of confidence.
He needs to pipe down now though as he is going to look pretty stupid if he bombs at the euros.
If he truly is the winner he portrays himself to be, he now has the platform to demonstrate it to us all.
I for one will be watching on with great interest.
15 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:15:08
I have many leather bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany"
16 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:16:08
17 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:18:14
18 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:19:09
19 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:21:09
20 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:22:36
21 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:22:44
As previously stated he is a petulant brat and needs to be handled as such until such time as we can extract the maximum profit from his over- rated worth.
22 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:25:28
23 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:26:12
24 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:26:47
He isn't a free agent....jesus h fucking corbett.
Sell to the highest bidder, he's the best striker we have seen in years but his daily rent a mouth boasts are beyond discourteous.
A real shame, a lot of these quotes make him sound very stupid as well.
25 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:30:17
The flip side he meets the new owner, gets a crazy wage rise to stay and is seen as a hero because he chose to stay. Win win for him and exactly why modern day players have clubs over a barrel. Mercenary like many others, only motivated by cash!!
26 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:31:57
27 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:34:19
58 ? No thanks.
22 again please, all my faults n stupidity....... ALL of it, PLEASE ?
I LOVE this lads ambition. Wish I'd had even a fraction for a year or two at 22. I didn't. (Long story, recently understood).
It's not Romelu who is at fault, it's the faded giant that he works for. We need a Romelu in the boardroom.
Romelu really is awesome, World Class. Needs tutoring, yeah sure. Unpolished, but...... 22 with no ambition ?
28 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:35:34
29 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:35:57
Empty vessels make the most noise.
He has a major inferiority complex, which is justified given that without his brute strength he is fairly average.
30 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:36:04
If it wasn't for football a lot of these shitheads would be living in a fucking crack house or in the nick. I think this lad is a great footballer but like most footballers today, he's a total dickhead.
31 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:36:12
Hope we sell him before the Euros, because his price will be dropping like a Stones (ahem) once the games start.
32 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:36:35
Moshiri and co will tell you when and where you will be sold to, not the other way round.
33 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:37:59
34 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:39:40
35 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:41:49
Does he have a buyout clause in his contract? If not, Rom can talk until he's blue in the face ( pun intended), he's not going anywhere unless we sell him...on our terms.
36 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:48:13
37 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:53:19
The new TV money means that for the first time ever, an investor in a premiership football club (right club with the right manager) can make serious money by spending the revenue on players whilst pocketing the majority of the TV cash......every year! Think about it, wouldn't you be tempted too?
38 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:54:05
It should now be the same with players, show some balls and tell this mercenary that, unless he starts banging them in again next season, he will be considered surplus to requirements and not good enough for where we want to be.
I think he may be after a pay rise as I've not heard any doors getting broken down for him.
39 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:55:20
40 Posted 25/05/2016 at 22:58:09
41 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:07:54
What an arrogant prick. Writing a CV, I bet you can't even spell you dumb bastard. The second part about Chelsea, how disrespectful is that?
Sell him before the Euros as he isn't the best and his price will drop.
42 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:09:35
43 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:10:38
I want to write a cv?! Win trophies?!
Had a perfect chance at Wembley kid, and you completely fucked that up didn't you Bro?
People in Belgium don't see me playing for Everton?!?
kinell Rom, ain't they got televisions or pubs with premier league games on kid?! Must be a right shithole!
Classless and derogatory statements to your current employer, you can go and get fucked, you over-rated piece of shite.
Crying shame, but I don't believe that anybody in there right mind will pay 65 mill for you.
Do us a favour lad, have a good euros so we may get some decent bids eh? You might not even get into the side though, that's how highly your international gaffer rates you!
Shut the fuck up and let your feet do the talking for gods sake.
44 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:11:41
And to all the fans on here saying ooooo if only we had his ambition? Where was Rom's ambition to fight for his place at a title-winning team? Yes thats right he couldnt be assed could he?
Rom is all about Rom. The sooner this wannabe is out of our club the better.
45 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:12:07
46 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:12:31
48 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:17:07
49 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:22:06
50 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:34:20
51 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:37:11
"Romelu, you have three years left on your contract."
"Yes, Farhad, but I want to play in a team that wins trophies."
"You'll play for Everton or Everton Under-21s, BITCH. *Under his breath* If you took your chances, you'd have won the cup.
"Get the fuck out."
52 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:40:46
53 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:41:44
54 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:42:00
What an arrogant, classless shit. Add that to lazy good for nothing non entity who is absolutely not fit to pull on the blue. FM just needs to speak to him long enough to tell him to pack his back pack and go and wait in the car park until a taxi with cash in it turns up from Kazakhstan or a Mongolian second division club.
55 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:46:53
56 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:47:33
I wonder what Barry, Baines, Jagielka and his other team mates make of all this.
Sell him - he's crossed the line. £29m (what we paid for him) will get us a more than adequate replacement with perhaps a few bob left over.
The only good thing about his latest comments is that he has acknowledged Farhad Moshiri is in charge - something I suspect he is about to find out.
57 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:53:02
I'd rather a team instead of individuals and a manager that can create that.
59 Posted 25/05/2016 at 23:58:56
Total lack of respect from the sprog. He really needs to hold his tongue... and learn to hold up play while he's at it. Just another prime example of how money has utterly ruined the sport. A bunch of overpaid wankers that spew nothing but disrespect.
'Out of courtesy' ride me sideways... out of courtesy he needs a slap up the jazz, fined enough to buy out his own contract, sat down and shown his utter lack of dedication, respect and mental grit needed to be what he seems to think he already is; and told to grow up and fuck off! Away the fuck out of the road Rom!
60 Posted 26/05/2016 at 00:01:08
61 Posted 26/05/2016 at 00:14:38
It's disrespectful to his teammates, effectively saying they aren't good enough for him. He blames everyone but himself for the fact that he's not won a trophy by now, maybe he should consider the fact that he was one of the 11 men who started almost every game for a team that finished 11th in the premier league this campaign, with a 2 month goal drought to round it off.
He's not as good as he thinks he is and for 㿭m he can go to Chelsea, the Champions League club.... Oh wait.
62 Posted 25/05/2016 at 00:17:41
Lukaku's mind set and attitude is exactly the mentality Everton Football Club need, if as a club we were meeting his expectations he wouldn't be running his mouth!
The sooner we as a club match his expectations we might actually start winning things again.
63 Posted 26/05/2016 at 00:20:38
I hope so, because I don't fancy another summer of transfer speculation involving Chelsea.
64 Posted 26/05/2016 at 00:20:47
66 Posted 26/05/2016 at 00:25:37
No player will be going anywhere. The media are having a field day at our expense whilst Moshiri does the right thing and takes his time to pick the right manager. Once that is done, the new manger will decide what happens with Lukaku, Stones and co. Pain in the arse for us fans to read this tripe everyday but until the club announce anything, we are fair game.
So that leaves Lukaku, Daddy Lukaku and the media across the country in the box seat for now. Moshiri will soon deliver and shut everyone up. I believe in this guy. Just glad BK is not the ruler over this next chapter in ur history.
67 Posted 26/05/2016 at 00:31:02
68 Posted 26/05/2016 at 00:36:41
He has been excellent for us on his day, but those days aren't often enough. For now he should just shut up, practice ball control, and honour his contract with Everton Football Club.
70 Posted 26/05/2016 at 00:49:57
He's a prima donna but that attitude needs harnessing by the next manager. We won't get a better young striker in Europe than Lukaku. Build the team around him.
71 Posted 26/05/2016 at 00:55:06
Rom you'll be second fiddle at a giant foreign club.....go be a bench warmer abroad. We are all getting bored now and wherever you go ask if they have room for Niasse and Kone... they'll make you look great.
72 Posted 26/05/2016 at 01:13:16
His on-field antics make Perry Como look like St Vitus.
73 Posted 26/05/2016 at 01:13:30
74 Posted 26/05/2016 at 01:31:12
I would give him what he wants as long as we get market value for him and then spend the money on a better centre forward than him.
75 Posted 26/05/2016 at 01:33:31
I think Marc Wilmots will have, and seeing how out of form he is, barring injuries, I can't see him playing at the Euro's ahead of Benteke, Origi, Mertens and even an attacking mid like De Bruyne, or if they needed him upfront, Fellaini. Not being in the spotlight might leave him with no suitors, he may have to crawl back to Finch Farm with his head bowed.
I'd have him on the bench for a few matches just to prove the tail doesn't wag the dog, and hope it kicks the lazy arsehole into getting back to the Romelu Lukaku we saw in 2013-14
76 Posted 26/05/2016 at 01:38:23
Build a team or strip the assets.
I'm thinking he's in for the long haul and the Rom saga will drag on and on until we either get a massive offer we shouldn't really refuse, or Rom's back in our shirt.
77 Posted 26/05/2016 at 02:00:04
He's not a stupid lad, and he must know how completely disrespectful this is to a club and supporters who've treated him quite well...? Eh. I suppose I'm just looking for a way justify this dick-ish behaviour somehow.
78 Posted 26/05/2016 at 02:27:23
They must have known Martinez had to go so why did they not have somebody lined up long before now.
Oh and if they only decided Martinez had to go over the last two or three games that just proves how completely out of touch and useless Everton's board and owners really are.
79 Posted 26/05/2016 at 02:59:17
I am really, really intrigued how this is all going to play out ... the new manager ... the stadium issue ... transfer budget and targets ... who stays and who goes from the existing squad ... and of course, sang to the tune from 'The Sound of Music', 'How do you solve a problem like Romelu?'
This summer is turning into a baptism of fire for Farhad Moshiri. How he responds to and delivers on each and any of the above listed will inform the faithful a great deal of just what to expect under his regime.
He remains a total unknown, but for some irrational reason I think he is quietly and efficiently going to deliver. Put it this way, if BK was still exclusively in control in this self same situation, I would be feeling far more angst.
As for Romelu, like it or not, he is the best playing asset at the club. I recall earlier in the season how he spoke of the excellent relationship and (importantly) 'understanding' between himself, the manager and his agent.
It has been speculated on here many times what exactly is that 'understanding?' 'Stay this season and if we don't make Europe you can leave?'
Is all this noise about leaving his agent concerned the 'understanding' with the now departed manager is forgotten or going to be reneged on? Whatever, the player and his reps are taking advantage of the vacuum in the empty manager's chair.
I am firmly in the camp that we should retain Romelu and look to add players of similar ambition. That said, there is a tipping point whereby a talented player is too high maintenance and if he is too disruptive and undermines team spirit, it could be best for all parties he is moved on.
Personally, I don't believe that tipping point has been reached with Romelu yet.
Interesting and intriguing times.
80 Posted 26/05/2016 at 03:07:15
Everton's employee Everton's decision. I'm just waiting for Moshiri's view to become clear.
81 Posted 26/05/2016 at 03:20:24
"Oh, you were fired for not being good enough, not putting in any effort to improve, and mouthing off to your manager about how good you are?
82 Posted 26/05/2016 at 03:23:36
Something smells a bit Rom? You did eff all for last 10 games or so and now come out with this horse manure! I'm sorry mate you've been paid exceptionally well, and you haven't produced anything to match your so-called Champions League team expectations, watch ye arse on that door on the way out! What a waste!
On your day thought you brilliant, just needed you to produce it more than 3 times a season!
83 Posted 26/05/2016 at 03:42:52
Would that include missed PKs & whiffed sitters?
84 Posted 26/05/2016 at 03:45:53
'What do Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have in common?
Answer: They are showing Zero interest in this fat, lazy, twat.
He wants to dominate Europe, but the teams that DO dominate Europe, show no interest in him.
He and his agent have to shout his name from the rooftops, to generate any interest. Why? Because the 'big boys' have sussed him out, just like Mourhino did?
Has Jose ever regretted letting Rom go? No, apparently not. Why? Because he was right then, and he's right now. This guy doesn't have what it takes at the very highest level.
Moshiri should say: 'Yes, we'll let you go, but only to one of the 'Big 3', then wait for the long deafening silence which follows.
If Rom went to Barca, who would he displace; Suarez, Neymar or Messi? I'm afraid the brutal truth, is that the footballing aristocracy regard Rom, in the way that we regard Oumar Niasse.
He should stay at Everton, because we are his level, and he is ours. Both player and club are good ..... but neither is yet ready for the very top!
85 Posted 26/05/2016 at 03:51:47
I know you probably feel real good about yourself, like that was a really sharp and funny commentary. But, he wasn't fired by Chelsea.
A look at his CV would show that Everton chose to nearly double their transfer record to buy him. And he went on to be Everton's highest ever scoring striker during the premier league era, scoring what, 25 goals this past season? Those goals coming in a side that had been grossly mismanaged by the manager that Moshiri has just sacked.
So when he looks at his CV and sees, you score a ton of goals, you've just entered your 20's, and Everton's only other strikers are Kone or Niasse, I think his CV stacks up pretty damn well.
Who scored more than him this season? Kane, Vardy? Two incredibly well managed sides with stable squads and in Spurs' case a wealth of attacking options, and in LFC's case Mahrez being brilliant all season. Lukaku has Lennon (Spurs outcast) Cleverly (Aston Villa outcast), McCarthy and Barry, and An out of sorts Barkley. And of course the endless passing sideways amongst defenders and being isolated up top on his own.
But yeah, terrible CV. You're absolutely right.
86 Posted 26/05/2016 at 04:16:48
its falling on deaf ears mate because most of us have already sussed out Rom's problem.
He thinks he is too good for his current team mates and EFC.
He thought he was too good to be a sub for Chelsea and fight his way into the team.
Any football expert can see his limitations. He is a very poor header of the ball despite his size.
His ball control and passing is amongst the worst of even average strikers.
He will not chase defenders down or put a shift in.
He obviously disrupts team spirit by his arrogance and belief in blaming others rather than looking at himself.
His ambition far outweighs his ability.
I thought we overpaid at £28m and I see no reason why anyone would pay more than that for him now.
87 Posted 26/05/2016 at 04:30:43
He can't get in the Chelsea side so goes and scores his socks off at WBA. Still no good.
Makes a last ditch move to EFC on deadline day (beats WBA any way, this'll show Chelsea....)
Has a really good first season but no one comes calling. Roms form drops off and still no one comes calling. Rom realises he's going to have to play his way out.
Rom has a belting 2015-16, scores two goals to dine out on for years against - you guessed it - Chelsea and that's it, job done. Look at that Champions League managers. No point trying in the league - tries in the Cup semi but realises after shocking penalty his form has gone to pieces after not lifting a finger for the past 6 games. Oh well, shit happens.
Goes through the motions until the end of the season , has done enough to fill his You Tube reel, agent knows all the tricks, he'll get him out of here. 'I am Champions League material and always have been!' he says to the mirror. The world can surely see this now, he's done more than enough at WBA and now Everton to get the No.1 slot with a Champions League club, he's got a scoring record to die for. And he'll do really well for whoever it is - he promises! (until it doesn't suit him anymore that is...)
Rom is a very strong, powerful striker. He knows where the net is for sure but is extremely limited in many parts of his game, least of all his self-awareness. Great when his 'cv' needs a dust down, not so great when the chips are down.
He thinks he's done enough at this stepping stone to get his move, just as he did at WBA, and in fairness he probably has. We have to treat him as he's treating us - purely as a business transaction. Don't improve his contract, by a single penny, don't play him unless his plays his socks off (and he will when the penny drops), wait until a silly offer comes in and then wash our hands of him. He will have forgotten us the moment he's gone.
A lot of this is immaturity that is being encouraged by those around him, which is a shame. He's going to have to start acting like a big boy sooner than he thinks if he gets the move he wants and just might not be able to make that step up. Oh well.
So, goodbye Rom (but maybe not quite yet, eh...)
89 Posted 26/05/2016 at 05:13:21
I remember well the days of Bob Latchford handing in several transfer requests and when they were denied he simply wasn't interested bar one game and that was the FA Cup tie at Elland Road v West Ham. He picked his games. He is still my all time favourite centre forward and cant understand why he didn't play for England a lot more than he did.
If big Rom wants to go let him, not sure who wants to pay the &$163;65 mil but you do get a proven goal scorer regardless of his poor initial first touch. When your a battering ram centre-forward it hardly matters so long as the ball end up in the net.
I would play Kevin Mirallas at centre forward, fast, good control expert finisher with Del alongside him in a 4-4-2 set up and a counter attacking game not reliant on possession. Imagine a midfield of Barry McCarthy Barkley (Davies or Dowell) playing down the middle and going box to box.
Butland would be my choice as keeper and we have a strong back four so any permutation from Baines, Funes Mori, Jagielka, Coleman, Connolly, Pennington would be pretty strong. If Stones stays all the better if not another defender with a bit of height would do.
Lennon & Cleverly are good back ups, perhaps other players would thrive in a different set up, its hard to know?
The season is over and we are still looking for a manager, who is going to look at the player list. Who is going to wield the axe and get rid of some of the dead wood, 6-8 players should be leaving this summer. If we promote some kids to the first team set up then perhaps we are only looking for 3-4 players and a keeper.
The silence is deafening, is it not?
90 Posted 26/05/2016 at 05:23:43
How many times, Mr. Lukaku, did you play and contribute to Chelsea's trophy winning teams. Very few? So this mindset was acquired whilst out on loan / warming the bench.
Oh I see. A Chelsea reserve is bringing a trophy winning mindset to our club. Gee thanks.
Now, about that penalty in the cup semi final....
91 Posted 26/05/2016 at 05:26:37
They clearly didn't think he was good enough, and it's easy to see why.
92 Posted 26/05/2016 at 05:39:06
For the same reason that zero youngsters come through the Chelsea ranks. Just like De Bruyne was let go, only go on and star in Germany and now City. Bertrand sold, now better than what Chelsea has.
Ronaldo was sold to Real, was he fired? Do you realize that being fired means you're let go? As opposed to being bought, for a huge sum? We wanted him, and Mourinho decided he just wanted Costa. He then went on to add back up strikers who did nothing, while Lukaku banged in goals for an inferior team.
93 Posted 26/05/2016 at 05:45:34
94 Posted 26/05/2016 at 05:48:44
When he downed tools on Martinez, he didn't realise that he was downing tools on all of us... an easy mistake to make, surely? He's barely out of his teens!
I think Mr Moshiri should commission somebody to build a big fuck off catapult then (out of courtesy like) listen to what the cheeky fucker is saying as he is flying through the air.
95 Posted 26/05/2016 at 05:50:06
Let's get some professionalism out of you instead.
It will also do you well to read up the terms of your "Contract" before imagining the next line on your "CV".
96 Posted 26/05/2016 at 06:37:22
As he enters Moshiri throws a semi- inflated ball at Lukaku's feet.
Lukaku's moves to trap it but it bounces off his shin and smashes into a portrait of the Shah of Persia which is hanging high above Moshiri's head causing it to fall onto Moshiri's desk ripped to shreds.
Calm and collected, Moshiri says to Lukaku:
"Thank you Lukaku.That will be all.I've decided to hold you to your contract until we get a suitable offer for you.I only spoke to you out of courtesy.Please don't miss the door on your way out".
97 Posted 26/05/2016 at 06:39:11
It wouldn't surprise me if he is one of the chief reasons for discontent in the dressing room. His attitude towards the other players certainly indicates he thinks himself to be a cut above his team mates. That brings us back to the word 'respect'. If he has so little respect for his team mates he can hardly blame them if they collectively tell him to "f off" and go and chase his impossible dream elsewhere. How many times did we see him just throw his arms up when the play went against him last season instead of getting his head down and doing something to try and change things like a real world class CL player would have done?
Let the big-headed prat go to Chelsea (no CL there Rom either), and try to gain a regular starting place over Costa, (no guarantees there either Rom). Or,as his dad doesn't want him in Italy where the defenders are too good for his little boy, let him try Greece or Turkey where he can get loads of goals and play in the CL group stages from time to time.
With his 'I'm bigger than Everton' attitude as long as we get what we paid for him I'd be happy to see this super-inflated who go anywhere rather than see him cause more disruption and discontent among the playing ranks as try to rebuild after the shambles left by Martinez.
Maybe one day he'll grow up and realise which club gave him the chance to show his ability, something he succinctly failed to do in the last two months of the season, including the infamous semi final which he almost single handedly threw away with his weak penalty miss and at least three other gilt edged chances thrown away by poor ball control more reminiscent of a Sunday League player than a wannabee Champions League performer.
Bye bye Rom, we don't need you as much as you need us because the world isn't exactly battering our doors down to say they want you are they?
98 Posted 26/05/2016 at 06:43:11
His attitude this whole year has shown the complete opposite!
In short - he doesn't want to work thaaat hard to win anything. Put me in a side like PSG, and even I will win trophies.
He is the laziest footy player I've ever seen!!!! "I want to win trophies" but instead of keeping his fat mouth shut, working hard, scoring goals - which would have most likely got him a transfer away from Goodison. No, he just stops playing...
I don't think anyone will want to sign him! Absolutely disgusting
99 Posted 26/05/2016 at 06:43:33
Especially when you see the likes of Willian, valued at £60 million, whom imo is a 'World Class' player!
100 Posted 26/05/2016 at 06:58:14
I hope some of the lads took him to one side and asked him how he managed to fluff so many chances in that semi final when he would have been being watched by people in Belgium !
If he plays the euros like he played Wembley which some total lack of basic ball control and muscled out of the action then his value will plummet and we will be lucky to break even on this buffoon.
101 Posted 25/05/2016 at 07:03:28
102 Posted 26/05/2016 at 07:26:18
103 Posted 26/05/2016 at 07:35:21
104 Posted 26/05/2016 at 07:52:51
David Barks - I assume you enjoy playing devil's advocate as it seems you voice a different view to the majority on every thread you go on. Good on you - it stimulates healthy debate.
105 Posted 26/05/2016 at 07:57:52
106 Posted 26/05/2016 at 08:08:07
107 Posted 26/05/2016 at 08:13:40
Let the bidding begin......
108 Posted 26/05/2016 at 08:14:22
109 Posted 26/05/2016 at 08:28:44
I hope he reminds him that this isn't knewright he is dealing with and tells him that he didn't get to be a billionaire by being a soft twat and that lukaku is an asset and that he will leave when it makes good business sense for Everton.
This is moshiris first chance to put down a marker!
110 Posted 26/05/2016 at 08:33:33
if he wanted to send a message to a "big club", then why didn't he put in a real shift in his last ten games?
If he had buried his chances in the semi, he would have had a crack at a trophy against Palace.
He can't blame those around him for the semi, as they provided him with lots of opportunities.
I really hope he leaves.
111 Posted 26/05/2016 at 08:34:22
I'd also correct the poor grammar but it was a rage fueld rant!
112 Posted 26/05/2016 at 08:35:05
113 Posted 26/05/2016 at 08:38:06
114 Posted 26/05/2016 at 08:45:25
If Rom carries on like this he'll end up a pariah in the same way that Judas Barmby did.
115 Posted 26/05/2016 at 08:50:16
Whoever takes command, I hope they see him for what he is. Sell him now before his 'damaged goods' badge and inflated ego will cause disruption in the dressing room. Off ski to the highest bidder also!
116 Posted 26/05/2016 at 08:59:24
It's a shabby and sinister old world out there when big money is involved.
117 Posted 26/05/2016 at 08:59:52
118 Posted 26/05/2016 at 09:00:09
119 Posted 26/05/2016 at 09:08:58
I think what Lukaku needs to remember is that we were the club who gave him his chance and invested a lot of money in him after he flopped at Chelsea. If he wants to leave to, in his opinion, further his career then fine. I've no problem with ambitious players who want to win as much silverware as possible in what is a relatively short career. But please, show respect for the people and fans of a club that have help make you what you are.
At this point flog him to the highest bidder. £60 million and he is yours!
120 Posted 26/05/2016 at 09:14:16
121 Posted 26/05/2016 at 09:17:32
122 Posted 26/05/2016 at 09:24:51
123 Posted 26/05/2016 at 09:26:07
Your last paragraph made me laugh out loud.
I know it's not a wise business decision but I would stick him in the reserves until he apologises.
If he had done his job properly we probably would have won the Cup.
No one will pay £65 million.
124 Posted 26/05/2016 at 09:29:00
125 Posted 26/05/2016 at 09:29:43
That really would have substantiated his bold ambitions, greatly enhanced his "visibility" and massively increased his resale value.
Instead Rom didn't take his opportunities, whereas Anthony Martial buried his. Therein, lies the difference, at present. that and the 㿊M difference in purchase price.
126 Posted 26/05/2016 at 09:31:25
127 Posted 26/05/2016 at 09:33:37
128 Posted 26/05/2016 at 09:35:09
When he had to fight for anything, like a first team place at Chelsea, he gave up, wanted out, like he gave up at Everton for the last months of the season, he wants great thing but will not fight for them.
Sometimes he can play like a beast, not very often, when things are not going his way, he is like a little lamb.
If you have no aggression in your nature you will never be the player you think you can be, at twenty two going on twenty three I don't think mental and physical aggression is coming your way.
129 Posted 26/05/2016 at 09:36:27
Hope your dad can help you carry all that baggage to your next club. Au revoir.
130 Posted 26/05/2016 at 09:45:46
At least he's got the excuse of only being a kid, but he should be looking at David Moyes, to see how quick the circle can turn in football.
Out of courtesy? Tells me everything I need to know about you really RRrromelu.
131 Posted 26/05/2016 at 09:48:55
Petulant twat who as many above agree, doesn't see himself as being part of the reason behind a seriously underwhelming season although he played in the majority of games.
Let him go and preferably before the Euros in case he actually gets on. There are other hungrier strikers out there that can do a job in a team who don't see themselves as the next Pele before their career has even started.
132 Posted 26/05/2016 at 09:49:36
133 Posted 26/05/2016 at 10:00:01
Nothing against the lad for that; but you look at Vardy and see how he plays, chases amd fights for everything.It's not so much that though for me, it's how EFC handle the situation that I want to see.
My own view of Lukaku is that he is deadly in certain situations buit isn't the all round top class goalscorer that Suarez is, or Rush was. blimey sound like a red jessie here, or Lineker or Andy Gray, Roy Vernon and even my hero Alex Young. All those players contributed more to the team than Rom does.
Even Alex, who wasn't the most aggressive of players (according to the Cat, his shirt didn't need washing) scored 20 odd goals in one season, while making loads of chances for Roy Vernon to score his (28, I think) in our title winning season 62/63.
There are other players out there who will bring other aspects of the game as well as scoring goals, and we now have the money to buy them.
I'm waithing to see how Marhad Moshiri handles this. My hope is that he will let Rom stew after the meeting with him. He will hopefully point out that we are in for the best manager we can get (whoever that may be) and that he will want to the manager to decide who will stay or go.
He would hopefully want to see the manager talk to Lukaku and tell him that, if he is going to be put up for sale, we will set a price and if anyone meets it, then they can talk to the club.
It's disconcerting to me that he is the openly saying he wants top leave and win cups etc; because I think he has distanced himself from other players in the team.
Whatever; we now are in a position that we don't have to sell him for dribs and drabs like we had to with Wayne Rooney. It looks very much like he isn't interested in playing for us any more; but want's to play for a club that is more attractive to him.
I'm hoping that Stonesy will stay but to me; Lukaku has burnt his bridges and we set a price and sell him.
134 Posted 26/05/2016 at 10:10:10
The journalist added "We've heard that before..." Andy went nose to nose with the journalist, telling him "Not from me you haven't."
And there lies the difference between Lukaku and Gray. One was a player that had won Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season in the same season, had been sold for a record British transfer fee, and had been leading goalscorer in the league, golden boot these days.
Now, apart from having a better touch than Lukaku, better heading ability than Lukaku, better movement than Lukaku, being braver than Lukaku... he was HUNGRIER than Lukaku. Oh I forgot to mention he'd been blighted by serious injuries.
Lukaku is typical of the majority of today's footballers that he's riddled with self-indulgence, deluded and very egotistical. But what do you expect when the manager who signed him and the chairman who signed the manager are both riddled with self-indulgence, deluded and very egotistical.
One has gone, one looks like he's going, unfortunately one is still here.
135 Posted 26/05/2016 at 10:12:49
More important that the right manager appointed soon (not Moyes personally), to give him time to deal with these issues and to have time to rebuild the squad. It's going to be a busy summer.
If he does move on this summer, then I doubt very much that whoever buys him will make any money on him in the future, as I don't think he will ever sell for more (no matter what his opinion of himself). I also think that in twelve to eighteen months, you will hear his father again start to tout him again at his new club. He will never be happy, seen it all before.
136 Posted 26/05/2016 at 10:19:16
He thinks he's out of this world and I'm starting to wish he was.
137 Posted 26/05/2016 at 10:33:36
My view is that that Moshiri should refuse any contact with any player. They should be directed to the manager or, as we don't have one in place, the Chief Executive. I think it feeds a players ego to be in a position where they have a direct line to the owner. It works like this in Italy and Spain because they have presidents who run the place. Football is not structured like that here so cut off access to the owner and treat them as employees who need to perform for their money like the rest of us.
138 Posted 26/05/2016 at 10:40:30
I'm not advocating EFC doing that however if our new boss really rates him. Then maybe a Suarez-esque agreement can be done. He gets a payrise and commits for one more year (unless of course we then get into the CL). If we haven't progressed as a club he gets his transfer with a pre agreed release clause (e.g. 60M).
Top clubs tend to see these outbursts as a test of their ambitions. Ambitions which can be demonstrated by offering players more money. That said I don't like it one bit.
139 Posted 26/05/2016 at 11:41:26
I don't think he'll be much of a player next season after eating so much humble pie and playing with his tail between his legs on that basis place him in the shop window and look for someone better and less lazy!
140 Posted 26/05/2016 at 11:54:33
141 Posted 26/05/2016 at 11:56:11
142 Posted 26/05/2016 at 11:57:59
John (#15). Have you got "Words of Wisdom-by Belgian Footballers"? It's a very thin book.
Derek (#72). I thought Perry was a really good mover! I even had a pair of Comos from The Stirling Boot Company.
Dave (#128). I wish he had a bit more Noblesse Oblige about him.
Tony (#130). He looks like Purple Aki â€“ You'll have to explain. Only Scousers of a certain age will know what you're talking about. It's a great idea!!
Jim (#133). Your post brought lots of things back to mind about the '60s. The respect and esteem that our club had then. But also The Cat. (Do you remember the TV series T Hewit Edward â€“ The Cat?)
For those a little younger, Harry Catterick was a great manager. An ex-player, he really got Everton.
The way he conducted his operations, he was more suited to the secret service. None of this "Everton are interested in X or Y. They will make an offer for so-and-so." Complete silence till you read in the Echo or Daily Post â€“ Alex Young and Alec Parker have signed for Everton. A proper manager and disciplinarian.
Mr Moshiri strikes me as being in a similar vein. He has enough money and business savvy about him not to go shouting his mouth off about what he is doing. And why should he? He is looking after his huge investment and considering what is best for that and Everton Football Club.
Remember what your mum said? "A still tongue makes a wise head." He has enough money to pay Rom's wages for the length of his contract. Financially we aren't forced to sell.
So â€“ for all us insomniacs, twitchers, Valium users and second-guessers... Lay back, take a deep breath, think of Everton, look at the ceiling and just take it. For, as Scarlet said, "Tomorrow is another day."
143 Posted 26/05/2016 at 11:59:04
I think he will tell Lukaku that we are getting a new manager and he will decide who stays or goes; but obviously, the new manager will consider his transfer request in due course.
144 Posted 26/05/2016 at 12:15:26
That's took my mind off Lukaku.
145 Posted 26/05/2016 at 12:20:37
Here's hoping he has a great Euros which will help to inflate his price should he leave. Should he stay at EFC however, he needs to be spoken to and possibly fined for his comments.
This type of behaviour can't be good for team morale though and it needs sorting out ASAP.
146 Posted 26/05/2016 at 12:27:49
You are dead right about the 60's and Catterick. He could have been "M" in his spare time. Or come to think of it, he probably trained "M"
I think Mr Moshiri is a bit like Sir John Moores and will stand no nonsense from uppity players, or anyone else. It might take a while but I certainly think we will be moving away from the little ole "Punching above their weight" club, so beloved of Kenwright.
I don't think Mr Moshiri will rest until he has the the right man in the job, even if it takes a couple of tries to get him.
Good post Dave!
147 Posted 26/05/2016 at 12:38:17
At least Stevie Naismith would run and work for the cause. Give me a team of those style players than a prima donna like Mr Bottle It Penalty any day. Jog on and go warm the bench fir someone else asap!
And even if he stays and scores 40 goals next season, my opinion WILL NOT change... He has got no class whatsoever.
148 Posted 26/05/2016 at 12:38:36
As one of the roughly 12% of Americans who could actually point to Belgium on a map, I gotta say that Jean Claude van Damme would be disappointed. Or not, actually he was the worst too. A whole nation of arrogant, over-inflated egos!?!?
I officially retract my "Buy More Belgians" campaign from this time last year. Hey thanks for the waffles, beer and French Fries though!
149 Posted 26/05/2016 at 12:50:42
150 Posted 26/05/2016 at 13:24:20
He went to one of the best teams in the whole world for 㿭m
Look at Lukaku, didn't score in his last 10 games, missed a semi-final penalty along with a hat full of easyish chances, first touch has gone questionable again after a spell when it looked like he was learning. Lazy in games where he couldn't be arsed...
And we expect a team to pay the same amount for him as Suarez?... fuck's sake!
We need Everton to come out and say, "He's not for sale, but if he wants to go he will need to put a transfer request in and even then we will only let him go if we agree with the valuation."
Simple, short and sweet puts the pressure on the mouthy prick when it shows him up to be a greedy twat and not prepared to drop his "loyalty" bonus... loyalty, don't make me laugh!
151 Posted 26/05/2016 at 13:27:26
152 Posted 26/05/2016 at 13:54:49
I can assure you the respect from Everton fans is dropping and fast.
153 Posted 26/05/2016 at 14:07:45
154 Posted 26/05/2016 at 14:17:31
Since Day One, all he's done is talked about bigger and better things. Well I havent seen much of a queue around Goodison Park after his services.
This isn't the first time after xmas hes downed tools he did the same last season. I've been saying for ages he's just a good player, no more.... yet, in his own lunchtime, he's a legend.
If anyone thinks we would get close to £60 mil for him, they are seriously deluded. The sooner him and his father are gone, the better. Grubby pair of bastards.
155 Posted 26/05/2016 at 14:24:12
On another note, for those interested in the Usmanov coming on board, a rumour in the the Guardian is reporting this morning that Kroenke has INCREASED his Arsenal shareholding to 67% leaving Usmanov even more out in the cold. Keep your eye on this one...
156 Posted 26/05/2016 at 14:31:59
157 Posted 26/05/2016 at 14:40:57
158 Posted 26/05/2016 at 14:41:23
I wonder whether he also thinks that he is being badly done by Everton who have had the courtesy to pay him handsomely for his underperformances during the latter part of the season.
And does he thinks that the fans give two fucks what he thinks - wake up mate and smell the coffee!
159 Posted 26/05/2016 at 14:51:26
I've heard enough from Lukaku tbh, time to cash in and buy someone with a better attitude. If he delivered like an Ibrahimovic then I could live with the ego but he's not anywhere near that level.
Admittedly Drogba was a late bloomer but I've had enough of this bullshit, almost on a daily basis.
160 Posted 26/05/2016 at 14:51:40
161 Posted 26/05/2016 at 15:04:41
162 Posted 26/05/2016 at 15:13:23
163 Posted 26/05/2016 at 15:38:16
164 Posted 26/05/2016 at 16:03:27
165 Posted 26/05/2016 at 16:36:04
166 Posted 26/05/2016 at 16:36:09
Get what we can for him and move on. I for one am sick and tired of his talk and actions on the pitch in the last 2 months of the season. This is Everton not some crappy team in the middle of nowhere. Now fuck off...
167 Posted 26/05/2016 at 16:41:42
Steve - 164 - French Fries are in fact Belgian.
Gordon's Gin is not the best gin in the business - far from it - just thought I would throw that one in.
168 Posted 26/05/2016 at 16:45:23
If he wanted silverwere, then he should have stayed at Chelsea, with his dad pulling the splinters out of his lazy fat arse with his teeth.
Ive had enough of his daily I want, I want, get rid and bring someone in who will put a shift in and score goals, and be a team player, theres plenty out there.
169 Posted 26/05/2016 at 16:45:25
If you live in America, ever since those cheese-eating surrender monkeys refused to go on the hunt for the weapons of mass destruction, fried spuds have to be referred to as "freedom fries".
170 Posted 26/05/2016 at 16:53:51
171 Posted 26/05/2016 at 16:57:39
172 Posted 26/05/2016 at 17:06:45
I will miss the unprofessional behaviour you have displayed to the fans and the club that took chance on you when Chelsea and Jose decided to dump your ungrateful ass two years ago....
173 Posted 26/05/2016 at 17:14:38
I don't know if it's something that afflicts Belgian players more than any others but they do seem to be a bunch of self-centred twats; great individuals but not a team.
I reckon with all the money coming into our club, plus his sale, we could afford to be a top quality proven striker to replace him, and it wouldn't help team morale if we kept him. Good for us then but I'd be happy to see the back of him and his baggage now
174 Posted 26/05/2016 at 17:21:18
The nonsense about building a CV and "I will listen to our new owner out of respect," should be interpreted for what it really is: "I want more money".
One comment from De Boer's brother makes me smile and think he is the right man for the job was: "I would leave him to rot in the reserves", much the same as Pullis did with Berahino.
Without a doubt Lukaku"s goals were what kept us in the Premier League, however his ability to display any shred of dignity or maturity leaves the club with only one course of action to sell him to the highest bidder.
175 Posted 26/05/2016 at 17:22:31
He couldn't make it at Chelsea, as Mourinho didn't like his attitude.
He was on loan at West BROM, where he scored goals (a number on the last day against United boosted his tally), but mainly from the bench. West BROM didn't see him as a regular starter.
He came to EFC on loan and, due to the paupacy of strikers at the club, became first choice. He continued to score goals and was a hit.
It seems he was afforded superstar status at EFC after his first season, which has clearly gone to his head.
RM must take some blame: for pandering to him and for being shite at defense, which clearly effected the whole teams effect, including RL...
We'll find it hard to get anything over 45mil with his shocking attitude! Not exactly a great advert for future employers is it?
177 Posted 26/05/2016 at 17:35:41
178 Posted 26/05/2016 at 17:43:01
179 Posted 26/05/2016 at 17:48:44
180 Posted 26/05/2016 at 17:52:16
Take you and all yours with you Romelu. Make sure you're negotiating on Everton's behalf, as people will want to pay Messi type money for someone as good as you modestly profess to be.
181 Posted 26/05/2016 at 18:11:09
This guy has one big ego about himself.
182 Posted 26/05/2016 at 18:23:43
I hope the new investor (Mr Moshiri) appoints a new manager and instructs the new manager to tell Lukaku that he'll (Lukaku) speak to and be spoken to by the manager, not the new investor, and he will return for preseason training at the appointed date ready to fight for his place and honour the remaining three years of his contract unless Everton decide otherwise. If Everton do decide otherwise then he'll be informed by the manager as and when necessary.
If it was my club I'd have a quiet word in his ear something along the lines of "Who the fuck do you think you are"?...and by the way you've been fined a months wages for conduct unbecoming. Shut the door on your way out of my office."
183 Posted 26/05/2016 at 18:34:57
Since players stopped referring to the managers as the boss or gaffer, and started using first names, football has gone down the toilet.
184 Posted 26/05/2016 at 18:52:11
185 Posted 26/05/2016 at 18:54:16
I will crack up if he comes back from the Euro's having not kicked a ball, with his tail between his legs. Lukaku going this summer is in no way a foregone conclusion.
And if he does stay, I'd have Niasse on pre-season striking practice and him in nets for the duration.
Very long, very boring days...
186 Posted 26/05/2016 at 18:56:34
Cheers! There's a place on my staff for you!
187 Posted 26/05/2016 at 18:58:08
188 Posted 26/05/2016 at 19:00:52
I think Rom wants to be wined and dined by Moshiri, he wants it all laid out in front of him the near future of the club.
If Moshiri does that he might talk him into staying. Who's to say Moshiri would want to do that? He might see beyond Rom to bigger and better signings.
It will be interesting to see how this is handled because a £28 million asset to the business is big money by anyone's standards.
189 Posted 26/05/2016 at 19:07:51
Last season, he was failing to hit the target over an extended period, so much so, that Martinez (to save his own blushes) took Bainsey off penalty duty so that Rom could improve his own goal tally. Many of his goals that season came from poorly executed penalties.
On top of which, over the last two seasons, many people on here have correctly pointed out Rom's incredible laziness and at times, his leaden footed touch.
Rom has built his Everton reputation largely on a purple patch this season, when he couldn't stop scoring, including his Chelsea wonder goal.
In my humble opinion, a great and valuable player is one who can perform consistently week in and week out. Someone that you can consistently reply upon for quality, attitude and work ethic. Does this describe the Rom we know and love?
I think we should get down on our knees and thank the media for building up this deluded guy ( a legend in his own mind). We may get a ridiculous return on our investment.
190 Posted 26/05/2016 at 19:07:57
No he can't, and he wouldn't be while away on international duty anyway.
The point I was trying to make is that there's a protocol to be followed, a way of behaving and conducting yourself while in the employ of a Company.
There can be no argument whatsoever that Lukaku is conducting himself in a very disrespectful way.
I've previously always thought of him as quite an intelligent person. Known to study other strikers methods, watches lots of footage to learn etc...
but his behaviour lately, in my humble opinion, has been scandalous.
Doesn't matter how good you think you are you don't bite the hand that feeds you.
191 Posted 26/05/2016 at 19:10:13
192 Posted 26/05/2016 at 19:33:05
193 Posted 26/05/2016 at 19:37:48
He watches loads of footage etc. because he has no mates and doesn't go out .
He would have some mates but his dad doesn't like them.
194 Posted 26/05/2016 at 19:39:21
195 Posted 26/05/2016 at 20:00:57
Martinez had no control over that dressing room. Lukaku has been bitching since the first season, there have been constant sub standard effort from a lot of the players. How the fuck have performances from Barkley, Delofeu, Lukaku etc gone on for so long. It only took Unsie one match to say to Barkley, "No chance lad you're not playing with that attitude".
So for me, Lukaku can take that big fucking ego of his and spin the dice to see which unsuspecting manager will tolerate that pissy attitude. Can bet it wont be Man Utd now Mourhino is there. As good as he can be, its good riddance for me, his crappy attitude along with quite a few others have contributed to the downward spiral of our club and the sooner he and others fuck off then the new manager can actually start with a clean slate and forge a team spirit with players who actually want to play for EFC.
196 Posted 26/05/2016 at 20:09:44
197 Posted 26/05/2016 at 20:09:51
How did that $3 trillion search go?
198 Posted 26/05/2016 at 20:10:27
199 Posted 26/05/2016 at 20:20:03
200 Posted 26/05/2016 at 20:34:50
201 Posted 26/05/2016 at 20:45:51
You'll be sold but only on the clubs terms. I'd rather he rot in the reserves then be able to force a move in this most distasteful and classless way he is shooting his mouth off to the press.
202 Posted 26/05/2016 at 20:48:55
He obviously has a higher regard for his abilities than we do, so let's wait and see what offers come in for him close season. If we do get an offer over 㿔 million then we should take it, after he has handed in a transfer request... has he done that?
203 Posted 26/05/2016 at 21:03:33
We are on a win win here anyway, we get a bucket of money for a player who does not want to be hear. Now that's the type of deal I like.
204 Posted 26/05/2016 at 21:04:01
205 Posted 26/05/2016 at 21:08:00
Have you read or understood what big Nev said on Grand old Team?
Well in my humble opinion, here's a management team and a new format to break the mould. Unsy, Big Nev and Dunc, Peter Ried, Sharpy and Big Joe the fucking Godfather, they,d do it for fuck all.
Break the mould! we always have in this city.
Leicester just battered hoards of millionaires, with a gentleman manager who's not a snide.
Some people on here depress me more than the people who want to leave the European union cos they,v forgotten what it was like before we had one. I'm going for a lie down, don't speak to me. ( editors excuse the swearin , the paragraphs are in the right place,)
206 Posted 26/05/2016 at 21:14:02
We just have to find Martinez a job now, that's going to be the difficult part.
208 Posted 26/05/2016 at 21:36:16
209 Posted 26/05/2016 at 21:49:26
As far as I know, they are still looking.
210 Posted 26/05/2016 at 21:50:29
Who else? Oh you don't fancy Italy do you, no? Those naughty defenders there slyly spit, kick and pinch when the ref's back is turned and your Rom can't handle himself can he? Ask Ashley Williams and Jonas Olsson. They'll verify that. What's the betting Romelu will go to the board and beg them to lower the asking price so he can skulk off and down tools after Christmas for someone else.
Or here's another thought: how about no one comes in and you're stuck on the bench for the remainder of the forthcoming season. What goes around comes around, hey?
211 Posted 26/05/2016 at 22:14:02
He's not and we'll do well to get rid. Lazy and an average finisher who couldn't take a pen to save his life.
212 Posted 26/05/2016 at 22:38:05
We're a small-time outfit and he knows it.
We might be heading toward bigger things, but a footballers career is short, and he makes a fair point about wanting to win things. Does anyone actually believe we're going to win anything, anytime soon? I don't.
213 Posted 26/05/2016 at 22:46:15
If a one in two goal ratio makes you a great player, he's a great player.
Personally I think he's too lazy to be considered a great player. If he spent half as much energy pressing the ball as he does waving his arms around every time a pass doesn't go exactly where he wants it to, he'd be a much better player.
214 Posted 26/05/2016 at 22:51:06
215 Posted 26/05/2016 at 22:58:08
I have no truck with any player being ambitious but they also have to show a modicum of respect to the club that has and is paying their wages. Could Everton do better of course it could, will it become successful if it allows players to say whatever they like or it panders to one ego at the expense of others? No, it will be doomed to failure.
I'm sorry you continue to see Everton FC as a small-time outfit, mismanaged probably, naive in the ways of modern football perhaps, but small-time outfit I think not.
216 Posted 26/05/2016 at 23:12:24
I would say that it's exactly what you say that amounts to us being a small-time outfit. I've been a blue for 35 years (I'm in my early 40s) and from when I started following Everton in the early '80s, I don't feel as though we've really moved on very much.
217 Posted 26/05/2016 at 00:09:12
The proud and relatively recent history of success and the respect Everton Football Club gets all over the country and abroad would be, in my opinion, enough to suggest we are a big club in the hearts of fans of the game of football.
219 Posted 27/05/2016 at 00:39:15
220 Posted 27/05/2016 at 00:41:03
222 Posted 27/05/2016 at 02:11:27
223 Posted 27/05/2016 at 06:44:58
224 Posted 27/05/2016 at 07:51:49
225 Posted 27/05/2016 at 08:13:35
But we never really did we, because Everton sometimes came best of the rest? Enough to rest your case I suppose James.
Lukaku, is decent James, but he's not fit to lace the boots of some of the forwards, who have worn the Everton shirt.
Honestly think it's a fifty, fifty, that he's good enough to lead the line on a regular basis for a really top side, but it's just an opinion.
I've heard he's definately going back to Chelsea, let's see how he gets on at a really top club? Hey James
226 Posted 27/05/2016 at 11:59:13
Lukaku isn't even the best player at Everton. It really does seem to me that you bought into the hype machine.
My only nervousness around the sale of Lukaku is that it doesn't happen. If we get £50m plus for this lad it will be like Liverpool getting that money for Torres.
227 Posted 27/05/2016 at 12:25:42
Look at players like Lineker, Gerd Muller, Klose etc - not exactly players you associate with being great footballers, but scored bags of goals.
228 Posted 27/05/2016 at 12:38:52
Virtually every club in the Premier League and the Championship either have a new ground or revamped stadium. But we got new bogs in the Lower Bullens concourse.
229 Posted 27/05/2016 at 12:44:19
230 Posted 27/05/2016 at 13:28:51
World class my fucking arse.
231 Posted 27/05/2016 at 17:48:10
18 prem goals this season, 10 the year before, 15 before that... woopy do
232 Posted 27/05/2016 at 18:02:29
He is a lump, who has done nothing but score 25 goals this season and assist 6 in the league. If you remove his goals what is he?
When are you guys going to remove your blue-tinted glasses and see the trees through the grass like Peter.
First player to score in 8 consecutive games for Everton in 52 years.
First player in Premier League history to score in six consecutive games against the same opponent.
First player to score 20 plus goals in consecutive seasons since Sharp.
Most goals in a Premier League season of any Everton player.
233 Posted 27/05/2016 at 18:18:58
That said a 2 weeks pay fine for bringing the club into disrepute wouldn't go amiss
235 Posted 27/05/2016 at 18:24:33
With Lukaku that should stop him earning a ٣million plus signing on fee!
He can really demonstrate that it's silverware over wonga that spurs him on!
236 Posted 27/05/2016 at 21:48:47
Best of the rest means fuck all to me. Never has, never will do. I don't always agree with James, Damien, but if you read through what he said, I was just saying that best of the rest, should help him rest his case.
Meaning, James, has got a point with what he says in post 216, last paragraph!
237 Posted 27/05/2016 at 00:22:49
OK... if you do can you at least be quiet about it whilst Evertonians who have an idea as to what our club means takes offense to this classless overrated balloon.
238 Posted 28/05/2016 at 14:09:53
This has made me think. At the time, not selling Stones for the silly £30+million offered seemed like a mistake. It was completely atypical of Kenwright's usual modus operandi, which was "sell the best to fund the rest". I reckon the decision to keep Stones, whatever the offer, was made with the knowledge that Moshiri was waiting in the wings.
Regarding Lukaku, the Stones episode gives me confidence that the Club will do the right thing, whatever it is.
239 Posted 28/05/2016 at 14:35:55
Lukaku's 6 assist in the league this season is equal to Vardy and better than Kane (1 assist), Aguero (2 assists) despite playing for a team that did not finish in the top 4. Of all the strikers in this league, only a withdrawn Deeney assisted more goals (7). For some this would illustrate that Lukaku has all round ability, and has the vision to play others in.
But don't let goals and assists get in the way of logic. You must be right, because you can evidently see through statistics.
Lukaku is acting up, although I can't blame him after the mismanagement of the past two seasons. If we let him go, then we should make sure that we get above market value for him. His stock is high, he is young, and he is coming into the prime years. I don't see why we shouldn't aim for at least 45million for him. Then we should spend that on a couple of striking replacements (Janssen?, Inaki Williams? batshuayi? Babamukuru? Lacazette?). I expect that we will have a singificant amount to spend anyway this summer, and I don't see why we cannot aim for a far better squad than we finished this season with. Losing Lukaku and Stones is a real worry as they have such a high ceiling and finding players to come in and gel is never easy. But we can sell a club with ambition now, and hopefully we will find a new manager capable of attracting the players we need to push the top 4.
I will not criticise Lukaku's ability however, just because he wants to leave our club. His ability is clear for all to see and I expect that it will lead to him leaving this summer.
240 Posted 28/05/2016 at 21:11:30
Blaming Martinez? Get real. Is it Martinez's fault that Rom is lazy, couldn't trap a bag of cement, jumps "under the ball" ?
No. It's clear you have absolutely no idea about the role of a forward, non whatsoever. That's fine... just stop pretending you do, it's embarrassing.
241 Posted 28/05/2016 at 22:37:26
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