Why Romelu Lukaku leaving Everton can be the start of a new, successful era for the Toffees

Wednesday 15 March 2017  25 Comments  [Jump to last]
Iain Macintosh argues that while Lukaku's departure will hurt Everton it is just the end of a chapter. The next one might be even better.

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Robin Cannon
1 Posted 15/03/2017 at 19:02:39
In summary; Lukaku leaving Everton would be bad, because he scores lots of goals, but they might buy some other good players, and that would be good.
Stan Schofield
2 Posted 15/03/2017 at 19:27:27
There's no limit to the drivel churned out by the press.
Mike Allen
3 Posted 15/03/2017 at 19:37:14
As proud Blue Supporters we think it's a cardinal sin for any player to even think about wanting leave our beloved club; however, we are not in the Moores - Catterick era anymore when we could go out and get the best players around under or over the table. No doubt a lot of underhanded tactics still exist but, thanks to the evil TV money, the players and agents have taken over from ruthless chairmen and managers.
Warren Hayward
4 Posted 15/03/2017 at 19:37:44
Why the hell did he open his trap? The timing is abysmal. Why not just wait to season end and see where we finish? Who knows if we get 7 points from Hull, The Red Shite and Man Utd – you never know.

This doesn't help. So, if you're going... go, and thanks for the memories. Shame though you didn't turn up in the FA Cup semi-final last season!

Mark Riding
5 Posted 15/03/2017 at 19:39:44
Clearly on crack. Yeah, losing our boss striker who scores loads is just fine.
Philip Yensen
6 Posted 15/03/2017 at 19:40:06
If Niasse gets his goals and shows what he can do, 㾹m that we thought was dead money could be a bargain.

Let's see what unfolds with Rom and get him on video or Everton tv and end it one way or another. Evertonians love him and Everton shaped and honed him into what he is now with more and better to come. Honesty, Rom, that's all we ever ask of our players.

Lev Vellene
7 Posted 15/03/2017 at 19:43:28
I'd hate to lose him; joint top scorer of the Premier League as of today says it all! When that's been said, I'd love to lose him (due to his non-involvement with the rest of the team after anyone but him scoring, as perceived through most of the TV screenings during the last season...) If we only had anyone capable of taking over from him today... I don't think we have a Tom Davies of the Attack waiting, unfortunately!

But if we can accept that Rom is leaving us, then we have a vacuum for either our young ones to try to fill (not likely this next year!), or for us to have cash and a league placing that may draw good strikers currently below our (the fans'...) radar in...

Half full...!

Michael Kenrick
8 Posted 15/03/2017 at 20:27:08
"Evertonians love him" — err... not so much, Phil, judging by the deluge of knee-jerk flouncing spiteful drivel posted by quite a few on the other thread.
Dermot Byrne
9 Posted 15/03/2017 at 20:40:08
Michael, we have different views and not sure all views that criticise Lukaku are knee jerk. He has been doubted by many for a variety of reasons for some time. Yeah, he is a much better player this season. And probably because of our manager. So "thanks for that, I'm off" will inevitably annoy many folk.
Rob Dolby
10 Posted 15/03/2017 at 21:24:52
There aren't many top teams who have a one-trick pony playing up front for them these days. Don't get me wrong – Lukaku is the best striker we have had for years, facing goal there aren't many better. The massive question marks are around his work rate and link up play, both of which in my opinion aren't good enough for modern elite football.

Our problem is that we haven't got a replacement, judging by the signings that we missed out on during the summer, Koeman wants a mobile player who can link up and knows where the nets is ie Perez & Gabiadini.

The loss of Rom will be massive... though maybe it will lead to us playing better football. The club are in a far healthier position than previously when we had to sell the crown jewels; I just hope we can keep progressing and that it doesn't lead to an exodus.

Denver Daniels
11 Posted 16/03/2017 at 07:49:25
Sell him and buy Bas Dost and James Rodriguez/Edinson Cavani. Not that we've got any chance of getting James or Cavani.
Frank McGregor
12 Posted 16/03/2017 at 23:50:40
Really impressed with the way Ron Koeman conducted himself in the interview today forthright and to the point.

I would predict that Lukaku will not talk to the press again in the manner he has done this week again whilst he is an Everton player after Koeman spoke to him about the situation.

Quite honestly I posted over 2 years ago that Lukaku should have been moved out as his influence could corrupt the whole team.

No player is irreplaceable.
Don Alexander
13 Posted 17/03/2017 at 11:14:27
The contrast between what Lukaku's said about leaving, time and again, and his performance as a goal-scorer is stark. That said, even his greatest fans surely see that he is lacking in work-rate and link-up play, albeit he's started to improve a little in the last few months. So who'd want him amongst the so-called big clubs? Off the top of my head I can't think of one of their goal-scorers who's cut the same sort of slack as he is.

And in my opinion his general attitude when someone else scores, best described as luke-warm, doesn't inspire confidence that he'd be enthused about the inclusion of a fellow striker playing next to him.

Yes, he's a good goal-scorer and that would be hard to replace in one player but surely to goodness we have to sign or develop other players who will also score regularly whenever our next Billy-big-bollocks deigns to grace us with his presence.

Dermot Byrne
14 Posted 17/03/2017 at 12:14:42
I want him to sod off now for no other reason than him and the whole debate have irritated me in a short and precious life. Just a few hours from TW and the media and I can realise in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter.
Colin Glassar
15 Posted 17/03/2017 at 12:46:59
Swap him for Aguero plus Toure and Nolito.
Daniel Lim
16 Posted 17/03/2017 at 13:06:18

Is it possible to post the article instead of the link. The government here ban anything to do with gambling in this country except the one they own.

I know it's probably some copyright issue. If that's the case, too bad for me.

Steve Ferns
17 Posted 17/03/2017 at 13:14:46
Why Romelu Lukaku leaving Everton can be the start of a new, successful era for the Toffees


The timing of it all is just SO Everton. After a disconcerting mid-season slump, Ronald Koeman's side are flying now. They've won six of their last nine Premier League games, they've only been beaten once since Christmas and they have quietly moved into a position where they could, given their fresh legs and their lack of distractions, conceivably threaten Manchester United and Arsenal. And then Romelu Lukaku turns down a new contract and signals the start of a continent-wide scramble for his services. But this is no time for panic. This is a time to accept the realities of life and then take advantage of shifting circumstances. And there are plenty of advantages to be taken from this.

First the realities: Bafflingly, Lukaku may still be considered inconsistent or even lazy in some quarters, but this is palpable nonsense. Yes, he was disappointing in the last days of the Roberto Martinez reign, but who in that team wasn't? For the most part of his time on Merseyside, he's been unstoppable; an absolute goal machine. He has nineteen league goals this season, he scored eighteen last season and he rattles them in at a rate of more than one in two in all competitions. Given that he's done this for an inconsistent team that hasn't even nearly challenged for the title, as opposed to a Barcelona or a Bayern Munich where goalscoring opportunities develop roughly every three seconds, Lukaku is, by any definition, a first class goal scorer.

Goal scorers are few and far between. They attract the biggest fees and the highest wages, and my gosh, don't they know it? They and their agents have all the power. Teams like Everton, God love ‘em, are always going to struggle to attract, let alone keep players like that. But Lukaku is coming to the end of his fourth full season at Goodison Park. That's longer than Liverpool kept Luis Suarez. That's longer than Atletico Madrid kept Diego Costa. That's only two seasons fewer than Manchester United kept Cristiano Ronaldo. Everton have done well out of this. They have at least vindicated Martinez's risky decision to stockpile transfer funds and then blow the lot on one player. With two seasons to run on his contract, Everton will make a big profit on that investment.

With this windfall and the resources of new owner Farhad Moshiri, Koeman and his respected recruitment man Steve Walsh are well positioned to secure his replacement. You would think, you would hope, that they would be smart enough to resist the temptation to blow £250,000 a week on the fading powers of Wayne Rooney just to complete some sort of homecoming narrative. They would be wiser to hunt either the next wave of Lukaku-like players, packed with potential but jammed in the fringes of an elite club (how much does Jose Mourinho really want to keep Marcus Rashford?), or the next wave of Suarez-like players, dominating a lesser league and worth a gamble (could Moussa Dembele follow the Virgil van Dijk/Victor Wanyama path from Celtic to the Premier League.)

All of which sounds easy enough, were it not for the obvious fact that there are about 40 other well-funded European clubs all trying to do the same thing. But Koeman has an edge. A game-changing edge.

You may recall back in November that he told reporters Lukaku would eventually have to leave to fulfil his potential. You will certainly have noticed that Lukaku's response to this was to score goals so freely that in his twelve appearances since Christmas, he's only failed to hit the back of the net four times. It's almost as if Koeman knew exactly how to motivate him. And while Everton will try to tempt Lukaku and his agent back to the negotiating table, and they will throw more money down in an effort to make him stay, it seems inevitable that he will leave. But there are always other players.

So where would you go as a promising goalscorer? To a big club where you could get lost on the bench, struggling to find your groove as you drop in and out of the team for secondary cup competitions? Or to a biggish club where you'll have first team football, a good wage and a manager who understands where you want to be and who is shrewd enough to know that it's in his interests to help you get there? Everton will be the destination of choice for any agent smart enough to think beyond the zeroes.

Lukaku's departure will hurt Everton. It would hurt any club. But this is just the end of a chapter. The next one might be even better.

Brian Harrison
18 Posted 17/03/2017 at 13:19:31
Managers have changed and obviously players have been and gone in the 60-odd years I have been watching Everton. I used to get quite upset years ago and felt like they should have the same attachment to Everton as I do but not many do.

Yet apart from Arsenal we have the longest consecutive time in the top flight, admittedly by the skin of our teeth sometimes. But as Chelsea have proved as long as you have a rich benefactor then it doesn't seem to halt them by sacking managers or letting players go. So maybe if some players we think are very important leave maybe with Moshiri's backing it wont be detrimental.

Daniel Lim
19 Posted 17/03/2017 at 15:04:37
Thanks Steve @17
Bob Parrington
20 Posted 18/03/2017 at 08:11:19
Some well measured comments on this thread. I'd like to add something and refer to my comments on the other thread that related to Ross Barkley.

Rom has been good to an extent but with many weaknesses, including a lack of strength and awareness in aspects of his game for which he has been heavily criticised. Just like Ross. Ross has blossomed this season under the management of Ronald Koeman. In my book, this is the same story for Rom. His work rate has improved, he is assisting as well as scoring. There is much more to his game.

Oops! I have to go. Now.

Mike Powell
21 Posted 18/03/2017 at 11:49:00
Lukaku would be a massive loss. Not easy getting a goal scorer as good as him. How many can you name in the Premier League? Kane, Aguero, Costa – that's about it.

The top teams have the best goalscorers, they also have top 'keepers. We need to break the bank to keep him.

Bob Parrington
22 Posted 18/03/2017 at 13:06:34
Back after dinner in Enmore, inner suburb of Sydney.

Kind of player to assist Rom might be the RS Firmino, who I think has been playing really well this season, unfortunately.

Should we make a bid and piss off RS????

Harry Wallace
23 Posted 18/03/2017 at 13:15:25
Lived in newtown bob for a bit. Good memories that. Back in rainy wales now though. Feeling that Lukaku will score today.
Craig Walker
24 Posted 20/03/2017 at 13:18:54
I know it's a different era but the season after we sold Lineker, we won the league. Lineker was amazing in that 85-86 season and his partnership with Sharp was the best I've seen in my time as an Evertonian. However, we'd changed our style of play to accommodate him and played more balls over the top to benefit from his pace.

The following season we were more of a team and the goals were more evenly distributed throughout the team. If Lukaku goes and the money is invested wisely then we would still be okay. 2 forwards and a midfielder, each contributing 10 goals would be more beneficial and harder to play against.

We are over reliant on Lukaku and dread him getting injured. Spurs sold Bale and it took a season or so but they are now a much better team as a result.

Gerry Quinn
25 Posted 20/03/2017 at 13:21:33
Lukaku's 64 Premier League goals to date for Everton:

• 9 against top 4
• 17 against top half
• 25 against bottom half but weren't in the drop zone
• 13 against teams relegated


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