Lukaku promises goals once he is fully fit

4 September  148 Comments  [Jump to last]
Romelu Lukaku has described the last couple of games as being like pre-season and he is confident he will start scoring again once he is at 100%.

The Belgian returned to training later than the rest of the Everton squad after being granted extra leave following his involvement in the European Championship Finals this summer and then suffered a further setback in his attempts to get back to full fitness with an injury.

Lukaku sustained a gash to his ankle in the friendly against Espanyol a week before the start of the season that required stitches and which kept him out of the starting XI for the games against Tottenham and West Bromwich Albion.

Since then, he has featured in the last three matches but his barren goalscoring run in 2016 has been extended into the 2016-17 season. Having almost matched the blistering pace set by Jamie Vardy in the first half of last season, the 23-year-old managed just two Premier League goals after the New Year.

The four he scored in cup games since the turn of the year make it six in all competitions for Everton for 2016 thus far but Lukaku expects to get back on the goal trail soon, with the current international break hopefully pushing him further towards 100% readiness.

"[W]hen I came back the last game before the season started I had an injury," he explained to Sky Sports. "It kept me out for a long time. I couldn't do anything with it.

"So now for me it's just my pre-season phase so I'm working really hard to be 100% fit. As soon as I'm fit the goals will come for sure."

Lukaku has scored an average of 20 goals a season since joining Everton three years ago and a similar return will almost certainly revive talk of his future next summer.

The former Chelsea striker says that the speculation doesn't affect his form and he claims that any conversations with Blues boss Ronald Koeman over his future have been brief.

"Me and [the manager] didn't talk too much about [my contract] situation," Lukaku continued. "He was in contact with my agent throughout the period. I just focused on my football. For me personally I just want to do my best for the team."

Asked if he would stay one more year at Everton, Lukaku was quoted as saying: "Yeah."

Quotes sourced from Sky Sports


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Kevin Rowlands
1 Posted 04/09/2016 at 07:40:31
No Comment!
Sam Hoare
2 Posted 04/09/2016 at 07:48:50
Considering how much you are paid, maybe you should be closer to full fitness when the season starts then?!

Given the lack of striking reinforcements, much will depend on Romelu this season. Hope he's up for it.

John Wells
3 Posted 04/09/2016 at 07:55:05
That's a fucking disgrace. Lukaku – tune into All Ireland Hurling Final this afternoon – 30 amateur players with Premier League fitness... no quarter given.
Paul Setter
4 Posted 04/09/2016 at 08:14:51
If his talent and his commitment matched his ego, we would have a very good striker. Most fans I know that support different clubs, not many rate him, and I'm in agreement with them – not really sure why we do so much.

His arm waving when he wont run onto a pass is annoying enough, let alone his downing tools when it suits him. Personally I can't wait till he leaves.

Micky Norman
5 Posted 04/09/2016 at 08:15:16
Bricklayer promises bricks will be laid "when I've finished this fag". Well, that's nice of him.
Andrew Clare
6 Posted 04/09/2016 at 08:50:09
Just the same as Stones. I will be glad when he's gone. He doesn't want to be here. Not my type of player.
Eivind Nyhus
7 Posted 04/09/2016 at 08:50:18
Yes, Paul, because why would we want a 20-goal-a-season striker.

People not rating Rom are silly, including these other supporters you talk about. I'm sorry, but the striker's job is to score goals. And he does that, which scares defenders, which opens room for our other players.

Like him, or dislike him, Rom is really good at his job when he wants to be. Any team not rating a player at his age scoring his amount of goals are, again, just silly.

Should we go back to Vic? Maybe Stracq? He would be perfect for those of us not rating Rom based on him not sprinting all the time.

No, think I prefer a frustrating player, who scores tons of goals and helps the team.

Dave Speed
8 Posted 04/09/2016 at 08:51:48
Crazy! Not Lukaku but the comments. He's had a 12 or 13 game barren run. So what? He played about 10 of those in the last of Booby Martini's reign, i.e. in a poor team. The only decent games were the cup ones, which seems to be a Martini trait.

Perhaps he could have been fitter coming back after his hols, but 1.6 games in and he's getting slagged off already! Against West Brom he came on and just his presence changed the game, as the 7 centre halves then had something to do. He got in the right positions and could have scored, if he wasn't a bit ring rusty, from Bolasie's pass.

On another day he would have claimed the match ball against Stoke, but a bit of hard luck, trying too hard (ironically) and strong defending foiled him. He is getting singled out for daring to suggest that there might be better career opportunities elsewhere. Get off his back for goodness sake and let him play without the intense heat of having to score in every game as well as win them for us. Ditto Barkley, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Deulofeu et al.

Paul Setter
9 Posted 04/09/2016 at 08:57:03
#7 – scores tons of goals?? Give me a break!! He hasn't scored in what 13 games? 2 league goals since New Year's Day. We also finished 5th with Vic and Cahill – not 11th twice as we have with this overrated camel.

Sorry, I don't share the same opinion as you but he is not top drawer and doesn't score tons of goals...

Peter McCann
10 Posted 04/09/2016 at 08:59:15
The speculation, my friend, comes from you and your father. Nobody will want to pay top dollar for a man who scores 2 league goals in half a season.

The best thing for you is to quit moaning and start scoring goals for Everton and then maybe just maybe teams will start taking notice of you again. Words are cheap.

You may fulfill your dream and get a move to China. No Champions League football but they pay well.

Colin Glassar
11 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:00:21
In Rom I Trust. The big man will soon start banging them in to shut up (temporarily at least) his detractors. Well said, Dave S.
Les Martin
12 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:01:46
I can completely guarantee that Lukaku is going to be in the fittest shape of his life, and very soon, whether he likes it or not. Ronald will have him working harder than ever before... and this lad is going to have to sweat buckets or get the biggest kick up the backside he has ever had.

Lukaku could have his best season ever, thanks to Ronald, as I expect a few other players will too. Whatever Lukaku's contract is worth, he is going to have to earn every penny; there will be no slackers in the Everton camp from now on.

Andrew Clare
13 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:02:33
You're only as good as your last game.

Check other top scorers' barren runs and you will find that Lukaku's has exceeded them all.

Peter Murray
14 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:06:45
Well if he wants Championship League football, preferably with Chelsea, what's the point of him moving there this season? Might as well stay with your current club if it's only about the Premier League.

This is not a commitment, just a wait-and-see situation, and it fits in nicely with the short-term approach developing at the club.

Martin Mason
15 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:07:02
Harry Kane is a prolific goalscorer and he's also on a long barren run. Rom is a top striker and a great player, he'll be back to scoring again but my guess is that it is getting very hard to score out there against some very well organised defences.
Dave Speed
16 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:12:57
Thanks Colin #11. However, Andrew #13 - can't argue with your stats as I don't know but how many of them were playing for teams going for something in the league in the second half of the season, playing for teams 1-10 above us?

Analysts my backside. It's just vindictive.

Richard Lord
17 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:17:37
Lukaku is a lazy lump. At least Crazy-Legs-Crane (Niasse) showed some effort to run around a bit when he played (even if it is in the wrong direction and away from the ball!)
Paul Tran
18 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:18:18
He'll score us goals. Surely now Martinez has gone we can stop playing the "selective stats to suit my argument" game?

Whatever the merits of the transfer window, Koeman is building a stronger, more physical team playing with pace. Ideal for a decent striker methinks.

I've had a few quid on Lukaku scoring 20 this season. If he can score at the rate he did with a slow-playing, weak team, I'm looking forward to collecting next summer.

Colin Glassar
19 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:22:17
Do we hold our players to a higher standard? Probably. Costa, Kane, Hazard etc have all gone through barren periods, all strikers do. But Lukaku will be back scoring goals in no time, of that I'm sure.
Eddie Dunn
20 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:33:18
We have got him for one more year, unless we do very well and provide him with his Holy Grail of Champions League football.

I am sure he will soon start sweeping them in and that his detractors will have to hold fire, until he opens his big gob again and mutters something about big clubs etc.

I hope to see Bolasie and Valencia provide him with better service and I know he will get back in the groove. He is annoying, but not as annoying as watching Kone shank shots all over the place.

Jeff Armstrong
21 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:34:32
How can anyone be "sure" he'll start scoring at the previous rate again? You're talking through your arse, can I have next weeks lottery numbers please, Nostradamus?

Remember when Torres went to Chelsea? Well he was prolific for the RS and he's scored the sum total of about 30 goals in the years since he left them, playing for various clubs in Italy, Spain and England.

Injuries happen, defenders wise up, the player loses confidence, the players around him change! There are no sureties in football, no guarantees.

Rob Halligan
22 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:37:50
Paul Setter (#9), are you for real?

In the last two seasons, Lukaku has scored 45... yes, FORTY-FIVE goals. That sounds like a ton of goals to me.

The fact we finished 11th in both those seasons is not down to Lukaku; it was down to poor defending and, more importantly, piss poor management.

Every striker goes through a barren spell when they can't score. Lukaku will come good again soon.

But yeah, according to you, let's sell Lukaku, get a shed full of money, and buy players like Big Vic and Naismith. Players who will run till they drop, show plenty of enthusiasm and willing, but can't score goals. Pathetic!!

Paul Conway
23 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:39:45
After spending TDD trawling for a striker to help out poor old weary Lukaku, Ronald Koeman is driving home weary in the early hours... While entering his residence he hears this almighty squeal. He gets out to investigate and sees with horror that he has driven over the family dog.

Seeing it lying there, he walks around frantically. He steps on a Coca Cola bottle and suddenly a great plume of smoke arises from it. When the smoke dissipates, there stands a great big Genie, arms folded.

GENIE: "You have called upon the Genie of the Coca Cola bottle, you have one wish and one wish only."

RK: 'Great , you have arrived just in time. Do you see that dog there? Well, it's the Mrs preferred pooch, I am for a serious stay in the Doghouse and a right bolloking when she finds out. Is there any chance you could bring it back to life?

GENIE: "Sorry, master, but giving life can be difficult, if it doesn't work, I myself could he rendered powerless."

RK: "Oh shit! What am I going to do?"

GENIE: "You do still have a wish, Master!"

RK: Oh, great. As I have been frantically searching for a striker to give Lukaku a kick up the arse without success, I was wondering... We do still have a piece of deadwood at Finch Farm called Omar Niasse, a legacy of my incompetent predecessor. My wish is for you to rejuvenate him. Turn him into a cocktail of Messi, Ronaldo, Suarez. That he will go marauding and traumatising defences through out the land... Please!"

GENIE: [rubbing his chin, with raised eyebrows...] "Could I just take one more look at that dog?"

Dave Speed
24 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:41:06
I've got a tip for you, Mr Koeman. Striker, early 20s, puts away 15-20 goals a season, bit temperamental, ego thing, wants to be the best, last sold for ؛28 million before the latest crazy hike with the TV money....

What? You've already got one? Phew! Cherish him and nurture him, Ron, because there isn't anyone out there that can replace him. Not without chucking £70 odd million at him (before wages) and hoping he would come to us.

Seriously, Koeman knows what he's got, hence the price tag to keep him.

Andrew Clare
25 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:41:30
We should be honoured to be in the company of his esteemed presence. He's even going to let us have another season of his greatness.
Daniel Lawrence
26 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:45:20
He's next summer's war chest so hopefully he'll start banging the goals in soon.
Ian Burns
27 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:46:09
I'm backing Rom all the way – once he starts putting them in the onion bag, his detractors will have to sit back and wait for the next barren spell to re-start their complaining.

Whether some of you like it or not, he is one of us so let's cut him some slack – he just needs one and the rest will come.

Jack Convery
28 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:46:16
Droughts are usually followed by floods.
Paul Setter
29 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:46:49
#22 – I don't want any player at the club that doesn't want to be here despite how wonderful you consider them. He constantly moans through his agent and father about this club and him wanting to be on the big stage but you're clearly okay with this...

You slate my post but remind me how many chances this oaf had at Wembley against Man Utd – a top striker would have buried at least one of those.

Also, Saints finished 6th and 7th in last 2 seasons with Long and Pelle as strikers both give more effort than your prize superstar. It's all about opinions: you have yours, I have mine.

Rob Halligan
30 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:50:02
Dave Speed, I wouldn't bother me arse mate. There's only me and you, maybe one or two others defending Lukaku.

Sell a 20+ a season goalscorer and get somebody in who will run his bollocks off but doesn't score the amount of goals anywhere near what Lukaku has.

It's pathetic, it really is.

Willliam Bruce
31 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:55:08
In your own time Romeleu.

Just text us when you are ready....

13 games and counting.

Colin Glassar
32 Posted 04/09/2016 at 09:56:17
Jesus, Paul. If you want a team full of Everton-loving players, then you are going to have to wait an awful long time. Players play for money and glory –even our own "Once a Blue" Rooney fucked off to improve his chances.
Mark Morrissey
33 Posted 04/09/2016 at 10:04:44
I suspect, given that we all know he blows hot and cold, that he is sulking over a summer of discontent. He will have been disappointed with Belgium's efforts in the Euros.

He DID want a move back to Chelsea but I suspect, like us, he is feeling frustrated with what he thought was going to be a sensational transfer window. Having been told he was staying, he was presumably promised his countryman Witsel along with several others.

There is a piece in The Mirror today that says "Farhad Moshiri is dismayed with the window and heads will roll if it happens again". We need to take that with a pinch of salt because it could well be a pile of made-up guff but, if there is some truth in what it says, it may just be that he has only stayed because of exorbitant promises. It does not bode well if he has been lied to because he is a sulker and he will feel he has been lied to.

He's not an Evertonian, he does not come the school of a paid professional there to do his job. He is sulker and, as good as he is on his day, I feel we should have cashed in. It was actually quite a good window, all things considered, but he won't see it that way. He will need to buckle down or we are in for a long goal drought. Here's hoping not...

Jimmy Salt
34 Posted 04/09/2016 at 10:04:55
Eivind (#7)

"Rom is really good at his job when he wants to be."

And here lies the problem for many blues. Along with his infamous inability at hold-up / back-to-goal play which would soon be forgiven if he addressed point A.

I think Rom is without doubt the best forward we've had since the eighties. But for many, including myself, with some consistent focus, effort and a dash of maturity, he could be a lot better.

Karl Parsons
35 Posted 04/09/2016 at 10:07:03
Get off his back and let the lad do his thing. Koeman trusts him – that's good enough for me.
Dave Speed
36 Posted 04/09/2016 at 10:14:39
Rob (#30). Thanks for the support and sometimes I feel that way but then I remind myself that I am an Evertonian. Not one to throw your cushion on the pitch, waste my time slagging off LFC, singing sick songs against Man Utd, and so on (and I am not suggesting that anyone on this site is one either).

I am the type of true Evertonian who stays until the last whistle, gets a hoarse voice trying to get behind the team when we are 2-0 down with a few minutes to go, reserves the right to offer constructive help to our players, not boo them, etc etc. So I'll continue to back Rom, Barkley, Jags etc.

I will get behind Valencia to help him be a "closer to the £14.5 million" player, rather than a "return to sender" player, and hopefully let the team know that there are loads of us out there. They need to know that we are behind them, and not just to make it easier to get on their backs! Blind loyalty? No. COYB!

Brian Furey
37 Posted 04/09/2016 at 10:23:27
Firstly the facts. The lad is 23 and has scored 119 club goals in his career already, including 2 years wasted at Chelsea. In his first season with us he scored 16 goals, then 20 and last year 25 goals in 48 games so it looks like he's improving every year as you would hope.

Now my opinion. I've watched him play live maybe 5 times but mostly on TV and he can be so frustrating with his lazy "couldn't give a damn" attitude sometimes. Maybe his reaction to Martinez but I think he does have a poor attitude to working hard... but then lots of talented players do. Compare him to Geri. Bags of skill and pace, 22 but to me there is often no end product. He should have lots more goals and assists but he doesn't deliver.

If you look at the strikers in the Premier League and their stats we have one of the top 3 or 4 which, for a club outside the top 6, not in London, is quite an achievement. You saw recently how hard it us to bring top players here, yet lots of you are saying let the greedy get go. Look back at our strikers and their stats over the last 20 years. Rom is the best we've had probably since Cottee.

Neil Wood
38 Posted 04/09/2016 at 10:29:14
Dave, Colin. I'm with you. Yeah he's frustrating at times but I'd take that every time with a 1-in-2 average ratio than an Anichebe or a Vaughan who might get us 6 or 7 goals a season.

20+ men are very very had to come by and suggesting that we get shut just cos he has a desire to be the very best is just preposterous.

Yes, you are entitled to your opinions, of course you are. But please try base them on facts. And these are that he's the most prolific striker we have had in blue for many, many a season and replacing him will be a massive struggle.

Stephen Brown
39 Posted 04/09/2016 at 10:29:21
My biggest bug bear with all this talk is "I'll give it one more year" – so disrespectful! We should be saying that to him!

Saying that, we really need him to fire this season!!

Steven Jones
40 Posted 04/09/2016 at 10:30:58
Agree with Dave Speed – I am an Everton supporter not an Everton detractor. Negative boo boys don't help the team.

Good news is we have got 7 points and the international break.

He was late back in because of the Euros, he then had a catch up week on fitness then played and got a cut ankle that kept him out for a week to 10 days. He only put his foot back on the Training pitch the Thursday before the WBA game - he came on early and made a difference.

Koeman will get Rom fit and firing again soon... we have a few days extra training as we play on the Monday. Get through that game and we will have a fully fit Rom and a pacey pressing front 5 for the rest of September and October – we are building good momentum and, if Rom does what he has done in the last three years and scores 20+, we will have a great season.

COYBs!!!

Ciarán McGlone
41 Posted 04/09/2016 at 10:38:39
Of course he'll score, that's what he does.

For him to become the player he thinks he is, he needs to learn to be a better technical player.

Can't see it happening, but I'll take his goals any day of the week.

He's still a mouthy twat though.

Chris Masters
42 Posted 04/09/2016 at 10:41:06
I would respect Rom more if he actually put in a bit more energy and work rate to his performances... I can live with a barren spell if he works his tail off keeping defences busy and providing opportunities for other players to score Ideally Koeman will instigate some of that work ethic .
Fran Mitchell
43 Posted 04/09/2016 at 10:42:37
If it was Baines, Jagielka, or pretty much any olhem player (except maybe Barkley) who had pretty much 2 weeks of pre season, which was interrupted by injury, who had a slow start to the season (forget last season. Over. Done with. History.), everyone would be saying "he'll be back to his best soon", "good honest lad", "real footballer that is", "form is temporary, class is permanent" and the ilk.

But when it is Lukaku, or Barkley, then they can do no right. Lukaku was decisive in our excellent start to the season in that without him we'd have lost vs West Brom.

In our victory at Stoke he ran, tried too hard to score but again, without him that Stoke back line would have been ever so comfortable and life for Mirallas and co would have been much harder.

We are 4th, with 7 points, and our best player is yet to hit his best form. This should be a reason to be excited, the team is still improving and learning. With Lukaku and Barkley, we can still step it up another level.

Lukaku to get 25+ this season, Barkley 10-15 and Champions League here we come (and some will still probably call them shite)

And Paul Setter, are you saying you'd prefer Victor Anichebe to Lukaku. My oh my.

Gordon White
44 Posted 04/09/2016 at 10:47:39
You can see both points of view here. You can't argue about his credentials as a striker, when he is on form. As Colin #19, and others have said, all strikers have barren periods.

The two things that irk me the most are his attitude towards the club and his work rate off the ball. Regarding the former, I can understand that ambitious players become restless and disillusioned, under a manager like Martinez, with 2 poor seasons in a row and the club seemingly going nowhere. Perhaps Mr Koeman and his team can get Romelu to peak fitness and increase his contribution. Perhaps they can get him to play a bigger part in a game, particularly when we've lost the ball.

I have no doubt that, given good service, which our current team can provide in abundance, Romelu can and will start scoring again. Individual and team performance is so much related to confidence.

At the end of the day we don't want to cut our nose off to spite our face. Many good players come with baggage. On the balance of things, I think we should try to keep Lukaku, and add to his firepower with another quality striker in the next transfer window.

After all, if you get rid of him who are you going to replace him with? Currently we have all our eggs in one basket and that's not a good place to be. I also believe that other players should be weighing in with more goals, more often.

Joe Foster
45 Posted 04/09/2016 at 10:48:11
Phew... thank God for that. Rom.
Steven Jones
46 Posted 04/09/2016 at 10:54:11
People need to get real and stop being offensive.

Rom and all professional footballers have to give interviews – they are asked the obvious questions – right now it is he is not scoring and getting back to fitness. He is not mouthing off! He is not moaning and he is not sulking. "Someone said Constantly moaning etc etc" get real.

His agent is typically motivated to get deals and moves – his dad is a loose cannon – and since Moshiri has told them to shut up at the start of the Euros, there has been nothing – despite journos always always looking for an angle.

He has put a god shift in every time I have seen him this pre-season and the first games he has played.

Get behind our centre-forward – he just may deliver an amazing season to attract more players next Summer.

Danny Broderick
47 Posted 04/09/2016 at 10:54:40
Keep the faith guys. The grim reality is that we need Rom more than ever this season, because there is no alternative.

I can only hope that someone tells him to stop spouting all this 'I'll give it one more season' nonsense though, because it does grate. But he will have my full support whenever he plays, because he is potentially a top, top player.

Derek Thomas
48 Posted 04/09/2016 at 10:58:21
If he doesn't pull finger, neither of us, for obvious reasons, will get anywhere near the Champions League in the foreseeable future.
Andrew Clare
49 Posted 04/09/2016 at 11:01:45
When a player pulls on the blue shirt, I will back them all the way. I will defend them in any argument with opposing fans but, when I am on here talking to fellow Evertonians, I think it is fair to air any misgivings I may have.
Gordon White
50 Posted 04/09/2016 at 11:05:24
Dave #36. You also described me! There's a lot more of us around than you think. Couldn't agree more with you.

Having said that, I think it's important to hear everyone's views, as I'm often wrong and others are right. (At the end of the day we all basically want the same thing!).

I would say however, that I wish fans, when contributing their views, their exasperations and what they think should be happening, could make the same points, but with a bit more calmness and respect. I know that players often fail to show respect themselves, and we all rightly feel very strongly about the issues discussed on these forums. But two wrongs don't make a right.

Gordon White
51 Posted 04/09/2016 at 11:16:50
Steven #46. Good points. Put very well.

You can't disagree with the frustrations of fellow blues. We are all feeling it too! But isn't there a saying about putting yourself in somebody else's shoes? Life is often more complicated than most of us realise.
Gordon White
52 Posted 04/09/2016 at 11:18:50
Andrew (#49). Totally agree. And I'm sure you will agree that it's not what you say, but how you say it.
Gordon White
53 Posted 04/09/2016 at 11:27:08
I've got a few bob on him scoring at Sunderland. Actually, I've got a few bob on him scoring a hat-trick.
COYB!
Paul Thompson
54 Posted 04/09/2016 at 11:31:15
You can question his attitude at times and aspects of his play, but not his goalscoring record (as some have foolishly tried to do on this and other threads). Given the available options, Rom's form will make or break our season.

Despite not scoring, he has made a positive difference in both games. Give him the service and play Rom in the right way and he will deliver. And focus on what he does on the pitch rather than what he says off it.

Paul Black
55 Posted 04/09/2016 at 11:40:18
Anyone who has gone down this path knows full well it's a lot easier to keep fit than it is to get fit so why aren't players told in the transfer windows it's their responsibility to maintain at least some degree of fitness?

To be 3 games into the season and have any player who's not firing on all cylinders is a disgrace.

Dave Speed
56 Posted 04/09/2016 at 11:42:11
Unfortunately the reality is that, even though Rom says he will give it another year, he could be gone in January. If he plays out of his skin, then we may lose him; if he doesn't then we might try to cash in.

If we have a great season, and unexpectedly get into the Champions League, then we will have partly given him what he desires. If he still then engineers a move away, then I will have egg on my face, but I will get over it. Until then, please combine his statistical facts with your own love of Everton, don't expect love in return, and it becomes easy to get behind him in the hope that he bangs in the goals again.

He's 'handed in' a year's notice. Get real - it's a job. Loyal guys like Hibbo, Giggs and, yes, Terry and Gerard are gone and we won't see their likes again. While they wear the shirt, Koeman will get the best out of them, so again I ask everyone to get behind the lads, all of them, and be remembered in this piece of history as part of the next wave of success.

Sean Kelly
57 Posted 04/09/2016 at 11:51:52
Rom when he's arsed will score goals. The problem is, when he's not arsed, he looks awful, throwing the arms up and pointing at every corner flag.

Get the finger out, lad, and start working on your ball control. Good player but not great yet. If he gets in tune with the suppliers he will score more. He needs to get consistency in his game. Even if he's not scoring, he should be bursting his balls for his team mates.

This is Everton FC... not Rom FC.

Dave Pritchard
58 Posted 04/09/2016 at 11:54:27
I think Rom will score lots of goals for us this season but agree with those who say that he should be fit, or at least fitter, for the start of a season.
Dave Speed
59 Posted 04/09/2016 at 11:55:05
Gordon (#50). Thanks. I was getting on my own soap box a bit, I agree. However, I do respect the views of others, and I regret if that hasn't come across.

If you look at my later (#56) post (before I read your #50), I have tried to contextualise a professional footballer's situation, because too much criticism is set against the assumption that they should die for the cause and never covet anything better, and I do understand that this cuts to the bone for most supporters, myself included.

I agree with some of the criticisms but I think that, now that the TDD is over, we should just reign it in a bit, and make our comments based on 'marks out of 10 for each game played' and forget the wider issues. Thanks again.

Dave Williams
60 Posted 04/09/2016 at 11:57:30
He is a young man working overseas and is very ambitious. He no doubt has his head filled with his own greatness by his agent and has all the money he could ever wish for. He clearly hasn't been bitten by the Everton "bug" but not many reasons why he should have been up to now.

His barren run will soon end and I am very confident he will score a load this season as he is a natural goalscorer. I have days when I know I am not working at my best and so do footballers. A relationship turning sour, family illness, feeling a bit under the weather – all things which we mere mortals go through... and footballers are no different; their riches do not protect them from everyday problems but we never become aware of this because it is their private life.

Who knows what might have affected his game this year? But I know one thing – if we get behind him and the team, they will perform much better than if we constantly slag them off. Yes, we have the right to be critical but we have the ability to inspire the players and, if that can help win us a few extra points, then that's what I will continue to do.

Gordon White
61 Posted 04/09/2016 at 12:03:46
Dave (#59),

I was entirely agreeing with you mate. My comments were referring to others. Sorry if I didn't make that clear. Doh!

Martin Mason
62 Posted 04/09/2016 at 12:14:31
Luckily our management and coaching team are professionals and are fully aware of the value of a player like Lukaku, of his fitness and work rate on the pitch and his likely future performance. That's why they are in the position they are and the irrationally negative critics are just fans.
Gordon White
63 Posted 04/09/2016 at 12:26:54
Martin (#62),

First sentence - in complete agreement.

Second sentence: "Just fans"? For me they/we are the most important part of the club, mate. I know what you were trying to say. But it came across a tad – dare I say it – "negative"? Glass houses Martin.

Ian Riley
64 Posted 04/09/2016 at 12:35:43
The guy hasn't had a break. Last season... Euros... and season starts. The break between euros and season starting was a few weeks. He must be three weeks behind the other players who came back early July.

Koeman did hint that players in general lacked fitness. Let's give it time. Still 4th with Lukaku unfit. Let's wait till fully fit before passing judgement.

Patrick Murphy
65 Posted 04/09/2016 at 12:37:15
We are just fans, we pay our money to watch our team, we have an opinion, we give it out on here, some agree, some don't. Apart from voicing opinions and donating hard cash to the club we don't have any influence whatsoever, we have to trust the 'professionals' to do their best on and off the pitch. If it appears they aren't giving of their best we point it out on sites like this – what's wrong with that?

Honestly, any sort of criticism of a player or member of staff on here is seen as an act of treason or treachery, when all is said and done it is just people giving their views on a time-consuming pastime. There are far more important things in life to get angry about; the last time I looked we live in a democracy and not in a dictatorship. Pull your finger out, Lukaku, and get back on the goal trail as soon as possible.

Eddie Dunn
66 Posted 04/09/2016 at 12:43:38
We should have gone in for Negredo, as he would have given us a reliable option if Rom's form doesn't improve. He may have even been able to play with him. Alas, we may be pleasantly surprised with Valencia.

We rely too heavily on Lukaku, but those knockers on here will soon be rueing his absence if he gets injured.

I still think he will come good sooner rather than later, and as others have stated – he gives defences something to think about, and helps to take the attention away from our other goal threats.

Let's remember also that he is only 23, and many players that age are inconsistent. He is still learning his trade and will improve, and despite his flaws, we need to indulge him and his ego for the goals that he will bring.

He is using us and we are using him. He and many others are not "Evertonians", and we all need to appreciate the fact that he is just another mercenary, picking up as much dosh as he can, in a career that is over very quickly.

We will only attract players of his calibre if we get into the top 4, so replacing him with someone like Giroud, Vardy, or Kane is out of our grasp. So let's get behind him and see if he can make us all believe in him.

Neil Pickering
67 Posted 04/09/2016 at 12:44:16
Can wait till he's gone. He clearly has ideas above his station and thinks he's too good for us. His ego is writing checks his body can't cash.

We need to be looking out for a replacement for sure as we are short still despite Valencia coming in. Especially since we will be losing Kone and Niasse to the Para-Olympics soon.

Denis Richardson
68 Posted 04/09/2016 at 12:45:31
I'm not his biggest fan and I would not have been bothered if he'd been sold for £60-odd million. Fact is, no club actually put a bid in, as far as I'm aware.

He's still with us, so we need to back him so he can get back to pre-2016 form. Just 2 league goals in 2016 doesn't make great reading but it is still early and luckily the team has so far shown goals can come from other sources.

We've got a relatively 'easy' September so we have a massive chance to cement the good start so far. Remember Leicester started well and never looked back. Winning breeds confidence and confidence breeds winning etc.

Baby steps and all that.

Chris Corn
69 Posted 04/09/2016 at 12:48:26
It's just a shame that the deadline day and subsequent (I really want to say alleged!) Moshiri comments have again undermined what is a promising start to the season. We have signed four players who are unquestionably Koeman's choices to improve our first team, and not just squad players. Valencia, I don't know much about as I don't watch much football outside of Everton really.

It was just the scattergun way they went about Wednesday. I really am not arsed that we didn't pay for any of Sissoko, Brahimi, Lopez or Gabbiadini. To me, they were just not value for those type of prices quoted. However, you still can't shake the feeling that nothing much has changed and until some solid decisions are made re the stadium and we do put a proper transfer strategy in place, then I'm afraid natural cynicism and pessimism will always remain. On this forum anyway!

As for Lukaku, I agree that his goals ratio cannot be argued with, but I also believe that the top strikers don't go missing at the business end of the season which is what Lukaku did and arguably cost us the chance of breaking our trophy drought because his performance at Wembley was awful.

However he is unquestionably an asset and if he can get his head right and Koeman's faith in our signings is repaid, then I feel we can have a good go. We have undoubtedly got talent, strength and pace in our squad and if channelled right I reckon we can surprise a few people.

I wasn't saying that Wednesday night though!!

Stan Schofield
70 Posted 04/09/2016 at 12:50:13
Patrick @65: Yes, you're right in that we do have a right to express opinion, after all we pay money, and the players are professionals. Having said that, I'm quite a selfish character in that I try to gauge the best way to get the best performance out of a player when I'm paying good money.

In 55 years of supporting, I've learned that the best way is to give a bollocking when someone is just not trying their best, but to be supportive when they are trying but their form is off. I would have thought all the bollocking of Lukaku was done to death by now, if he hasn't got the message, Koeman will soon deal with the situation.

So what I'm gonna do, being selfish, is to support the guy, cheer him on at matches, because I know that when Goodison roars in support, it inspires players. As I say, it's selfish, but also (I believe) coldly rational. At this stage, any other approach is less likely to achieve the desired result.

Dave Ganley
71 Posted 04/09/2016 at 13:07:20
Lukaku can be top drawer, he has proved that in games, even last season when he beat, admittedly a poor Chelsea team, single-handed. He hasn't always had the desire, however, that criticism can be levelled at most of our players our the last 2 to 3 years really. The whole team has been poor.

I guess Lukaku likes to put himself in the spotlight by bigging himself up to epic proportions but Martinez didn't give him the platform to show his talents on a regular basis given the pedestrian tactics we used. That isn't to ignore the arm-waving, sulking laziness we witnessed on a regular basis, but again, a lot of the players showed the same level of ineptness.

Koeman has the team now, he actually knows what he is doing and will not tolerate the players gesticulating. I am quite excited to see how Lukaku will do under Koeman now, so let's all have a bit of perspective and start judging Lukaku and in fact all the rest of team on how we do under a proper coach and not get tangled up with how they performed under the idiot Martinez.

And as for the post that insinuated that they would rather have Niasse than Lukaku because he runs around during the game a bit more ... ffs – there really is no helping some people!

Bob Hannigan
72 Posted 04/09/2016 at 13:12:50
" ...Promises, promises
I'm all through with promises, promises now
I don't know how I got the nerve to walk out ..."

by Burt Bacharach


Talk is cheap, hit the back of the net on a regular basis.

James Hughes
73 Posted 04/09/2016 at 13:33:36
Dave Speed,

My opinion about Lukaku fluctuates wildly – a bit like his displays.

He can do the stunning finish like he did against The Arse at home, cutting in from the right wing and banging it in and we are all raving about him. Then misses the ball from a yard out, like Norwich away, and we are all ranting at him (maybe not all of us).

There are times when he uses his strength properly and you can't knock him off the ball. Then next minute he looks like a new born deer and falls over his own feet.

He quite rightly talks about ambition and winning silverware and then backs it up with a display against Man Utd that a Sunday league hoofer would be embarrassed about.

I will agree wholeheartedly that his scoring record is fantastic and we need to back him not attack him when he is on the pitch. I also believe he will be banging them in this season as it appears no-one put a bid in for him. He will be out to prove many people wrong.

David Connor
74 Posted 04/09/2016 at 14:30:22
Sick and tired of this big mouth egotistical prima donna... Start scoring goals and help us get to where we belong, at the top, you big lazy bastard.
Colin Grierson
75 Posted 04/09/2016 at 14:33:31
He didn't get sold cos he's not as good as his price tag suggests. Nobody came in for him, despite his agent and his Dad acting as agitators.

He's with us for another season so I hope that under Koeman's tutelage and fitness regime, he will become a better all-round striker and score lots of goals again.

I'll give him the stick he deserves though if he plays the same lazy style as last season. I cant see Ron letting him get away with that though.

I'm not convinced he'll do well but our success depends upon it. (Niasse!!!)

Ernie Baywood
76 Posted 04/09/2016 at 14:43:21
His ability and effort continues to divide. It's been done to death so I won't add to it.

I will say that, yes, it's completely unreasonable to expect him to be 100% fit before the start of the season. It just doesn't work that way. They build up to peak condition – this isn't your local 5 a side where you're in the same (relatively shit) condition all year round.

His run in the Euros and subsequent injury will have put him back a few weeks. So I've no issue with what he says. He's correct, with the usual bit of self-confidence thrown in.

Martin Mason
77 Posted 04/09/2016 at 14:55:04
Gordon@63, my apologies if it seems a bit negative. I know how important the fans are but I get sick to death of irrational criticism of players, the board and just about anything to do with the club.

Constructive criticism is more than fair but some of the stuff aimed at the likes of Lukaku, Barkley and now even Moshiri stretches the limit from people, many of whom are totally unqualified to make the criticisms.

Paul Tran
78 Posted 04/09/2016 at 14:58:33
I want ambitious players who can score goals. I can understand Lukaku getting hacked off at scoring goals and watching us leak them. Many strikers sulk, it's up to the management to sort them out. Martinez didn't; I think Koeman will cane his rear end if he sulks.

I've spent the last year on here being told that Martinez has 'ruined' the squad. Now that he's gone, why not give the players a chance under a sterner coach who is already organising the team?

Dave Abrahams
79 Posted 04/09/2016 at 15:13:48
Dave. (71) I think the poster who was comparing Niasse to Lukaku was taking the piss out of Niasse.
Darren Hind
80 Posted 04/09/2016 at 15:37:30
Paul,

I hope you were including goals in five-a-side games with that bet. He averages 14 league goals a season, he's got 35 games to better that.

I'd be pleasantly surprised if he does.

Colin Glassar
81 Posted 04/09/2016 at 15:44:22
"Ideas above his station"

Are we still in the 19th century? 'Upstairs, Downstairs' is thankfully a thing of the past, to most of us at least..

Dave Speed
82 Posted 04/09/2016 at 16:03:28
Hey, guess what? I get the feeling that we are pulling together a lot more! I've never seen so many apologies and statements with context before! Even the trooper language is entertaining.

Amazing what a few hours taking my better half to Costco and Dunelm can do to a forum! You never know, maybe England can widen the smile? It's OK, I put my Kevlar and crash helmet on ready for the replies!

Paul Tran
83 Posted 04/09/2016 at 16:08:27
Darren, I've got the bet on all first team games. Unlike many people on here, the bookies aren't going to pretend some goals 'don't count'. Well worth 9/1 in a team playing at a higher pace with a manager who will kick his backside and get more out of him.

I hope you're pleasantly surprised because I'll feel even better!

Chris Millar
84 Posted 04/09/2016 at 16:09:55
I was in the "cash in on Lukaku" camp but, judging by our struggles to attract decent striking talent this past transfer window, I for one hope we can hold on to him for the foreseeable future.
Darren Hind
85 Posted 04/09/2016 at 16:35:25
As always, Paul, I wish you the very best of luck against the common enemy... but I'd have given you tens.
Stan Schofield
86 Posted 04/09/2016 at 16:36:39
I wouldn't say I had the deductive abilities of Sherlock Holmes, but various posts lead me to the conclusion that some people do not like Romelu Lukaku.

I think I'm getting to the point where I'm so used to seeing the same old turgid, tedious, repetitive, negative and ridiculous comments about him that if I didn't see any more I'd get Lukaku criticism withdrawal symptoms. But how welcome that would be.

It's simply boring now. Let's just see how the guy does on the pitch, eh?

Anto Byrne
87 Posted 04/09/2016 at 16:42:46
While he plays for Everton, Rom is entitled to our support. Once he goes, then he is open season.
Colin Glassar
88 Posted 04/09/2016 at 16:48:20
Same here, Stan. Some fans, I think, make their minds up about players early on and become entrenched in their opinions. I see a lot of the faults his detractors see as well but I look at him as a young man still learning his trade and will give him the benefit of the doubt this season.

I just saw his interview on the telly and we'd better have a good season or he will definitely be off next summer.

Darryl Ritchie
89 Posted 04/09/2016 at 16:57:42
We all know what Lukaku is capable of. The question now, after his latest blurb to the press, is when is he going to start? Since the Chelsea match, he's been pretty much a passenger for us.

I don't think fitness is the problem. It's all in his head. I think he's got a classic case of the yips. He talks confidently, but he's going through a dry spell that he's never experienced before.

When the first one goes in, a lot more will follow... I hope.

Gordon White
90 Posted 04/09/2016 at 19:21:53
Martin (#77) please don't apologise, least not to me of all people. Me and you, we are welcome and entitled to our own opinions, just like everyone else on here. I agree with what you said. Cant argue with it. I was just playing devil's advocate mate.

I read what other Blues post here because I'm interested in what they have to say, particularly, if they don't agree with me because I'm not crass enough to think I'm always right. In fact, the stronger I feel about a point, the more likely I am to be wrong, from bitter experience!! If we were agreeing all the time, it wouldn't half be a boring world, mate.

We all, on here, more or less, want and think the same things. We just interpret situations differently and our solutions are different. Also, our expectations are different. That's the really interesting bit. That's why I like hearing everyone's views, including yours Martin.


Martin Mason
91 Posted 04/09/2016 at 19:22:03
Well said, Stan.
Gordon White
92 Posted 04/09/2016 at 19:36:23
Here's something everyone will agree with. We all want Lukaku to come out at Sunderland, show a bit of respect to the Blues on the terraces, who pay his wages. We want him to hold the ball up well, score at least 2 goals ( I would like a third please – at 40/1).

We want him to play as part of a team and chase back. We want him to enjoy the game and be confident in his own ability. We want him to put the past few months behind him and start thinking about Europe and a decent cup run.

COYB!!

Guy Hastings
93 Posted 04/09/2016 at 19:37:41
Bob 72 - Hal David wrote the words. Credit where's it's due.
Dave Abrahams
94 Posted 04/09/2016 at 19:44:12
Gordon (92) in a nutshell, you want a miracle; don't we all!!!!
Terry White
95 Posted 04/09/2016 at 19:46:15
Personally, Lukaku can stand still all game as far as I am concerned as long as he regularly puts the ball in the net.
Martin Mason
96 Posted 04/09/2016 at 19:56:51
Watching England tonight Harry Kane looked woeful – as he has for Tottenham for maybe half a season now – but, like Rom, he'll be back. These lads get to be known and modern defences are in general superbly organised and unless both the team and striker do play as one then scoring will be difficult. I rate Kane as a Morris Minor compared to the purring Rolls Royce that is Rom at his best.

Gary Lineker was a devastating striker but the ultimate Gorgeous Gus from the Rovers. If he had a good chance of scoring, he'd pounce... but not if it made him sweat; no headers because it'd spoil his hair. Track back? Be serious, that's hard work.

Rom is a workhorse compared to him. All Rom needs to do is get back to scoring, his work rate, tracking back, first touch, etc, will all become irrelevant.

Eric Holland
97 Posted 04/09/2016 at 20:05:31
14 jammy, crap, fluky goals a season!!!! The haters are at it again!!! We have: a new Manager, new Owner, new players, best start to a season in years, and they just cant help themselves.

The lad is not fit – he is weeks behind everyone else; let's judge him after half a season.

And if any of the haters on here want a wager that he won't score more than 2 goals in the next 6 months, put your money where your mouth is!

Dave Abrahams
98 Posted 04/09/2016 at 20:16:58
Terry (#95) – that would be a slight improvement, at least he wouldn't be offside as much as he is now.
Colin Glassar
99 Posted 04/09/2016 at 20:20:14
Eric, a few weeks/months ago someone went to the trouble to detail all of Lukaku's Everton goals (or a lot of them anyway) and according to him most of them were jammy, fluky, crappy goals. With statisticians like that you've got no chance to win an argument.
Gordon White
100 Posted 04/09/2016 at 20:24:56
Dave (#94). Yes, I do, mate! Oh, yes I do!! Don't we all. But I've got a gut feeling about this one. Which is why I've put my money on it. Can't say too much, in case I put a jinx on it with my big mouth. It's all down to how Mr Koeman sets 'em up.

Romelu will come good. You know it and I know it. Whether I get my new bike helmet out of it depends if it's at Sunderland or not.

Dave Abrahams
101 Posted 04/09/2016 at 20:35:37
Good luck, Gordon.

I hope you get more than a "new bike helmet" out of it.

Gordon White
102 Posted 04/09/2016 at 20:37:41
Dave # 101
Thank you. Me too. We will all be happy. Well most of us! ;-)
Brian Harrison
103 Posted 04/09/2016 at 20:46:44
I watched the interview and when the interviewer said, "Well, you have signed for another year so you will be here till the end of the season" Lukaku paused then gave a wry smile and said "Yeah," which I took it to mean "I will unless I get an attractive offer in the January window."

Mind it could be he scores a bagful of goals, we finish in the top 6 and he stays, although if he does score a bagful the smart money would say he would leave,

Colin Glassar
104 Posted 04/09/2016 at 21:00:25
Brian, he probably decided to stay after he was shown the "project". Now, after a disappointing end to the transfer window, he's probably having second thoughts. If we have another poor season, then he will definitely go, and he will be well within his rights.
Paul Kossoff
105 Posted 04/09/2016 at 21:09:11
Sorry boss I'm not fit enough to work 40 hours but when I am I'll let you know, so at the moment I'll just do 20 hours a week, if that's okay with you, oh and I expect to be payed in full.

Signed, Romelu Lukaku.

Bobby Thomas
106 Posted 04/09/2016 at 21:11:55
I'm no great fan of Lukaku really. When he leaves I don't think he will be overly missed by most Evertonians. He certainly isn't loved.

But on the fitness, there are loads of lads who were behind having returned from the Euros, Ashley Williams at our place for one. He's then had a slight injury which has thrown a small spanner in the works. Putting it bluntly he's also a big fucker and it sometimes takes him a while to get up to speed. No big deal.

Paul Kossoff
107 Posted 04/09/2016 at 21:15:13
Colin (#104), "Well within his rights to leave"?

What's the 'contract' he signed? 5 years was it? 㿲,000 a week, so Everton have no rights then, not even expecting him to be fit and to keep himself fit to earn the money he's paid?

Come on, Colin, you're an Evertonian, not an agent. Lukaku doesn't give a toss about Everton or the fans, why are you defending him?

John Daley
108 Posted 04/09/2016 at 21:18:06
'Project' my arse, Colin. The sole reason Lukaku 'decided to stay' is that no club decided he was worth digging that deep into their pocket for.

It will be exactly the same situation next summer, irrespective of where Everton finish, with his future being entirely dependant on whether one of the big clubs on his 'me and my dad would love a bit of that' list decides to lump down the sort of sum Everton would be willing to let him go for.

Dave Speed
109 Posted 04/09/2016 at 21:21:40
In the interview when Rom was asked about staying another year I heard "No, I expect you to die Mr Bond!" The cat had only sat on the remote!

Funny really. If Rom had turned round in a bucket seat stroking a white cat like the archetypal Bond villain, he probably would have been loved more!

Paul Tran
111 Posted 04/09/2016 at 21:25:10
Thanks, Darren, if he does it I'll track you down next time I get the chance to go to Goodison and buy you a couple of beers.
Lewis Barclay
112 Posted 04/09/2016 at 21:27:22
Is Rodriguez any good? Is he anywhere near the first team?

Because we need another striker.

Colin Glassar
113 Posted 04/09/2016 at 21:31:28
The same contract that Stones had Paul? Like it or not, these players are commodities and they are sold when the club deems fit.

At the same time, if a player isn't happy he has a right to change his employer. It's how the system works.

John Daley
114 Posted 04/09/2016 at 21:32:53
"If Rom had turned round in a bucket seat stroking a white cat like the archetypal Bond villain, he probably would have been loved more!"

If? He practices doing it every night in the privacy of his own home, except he swaps out Mr Bond for "Signor Conte" after he say's "I've been expecting you".

Gordon White
115 Posted 04/09/2016 at 21:35:45
Colin (#104),

I think They will have told Romelu that the "project" was over a period of time, not one transfer window, with ongoing improvement.
That significant money was available, which it has been.
That Everton had a major shareholder with significant funds, which we have.
That Everton had an exciting, well respected manager, which we have.
That players would be brought in to make an immediate impact (a little too early yet but signs are good).
That performances and league position would improve, (so far so good).
That a new stadium would be forthcoming (time will tell, but I believe it).
And that we will attract top talent and be able to compete with the best (which I also believe, because I've witnessed it before).

Romelu is not stupid. He knows that this will take time. He knows that even the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, and Man Utd don't always get the players they want and can make errors of judgement and mistakes in transfer windows. After all, Chelsea sold him...

I think at the moment, Romelu's thoughts will be about his own performances and not that of the club surrounding him.

If, come the January transfer window, we are occupying a European berth, then attracting top players should be a bit easier. And whether Romelu performs, or ultimately stays or goes, may be less important than it is now. I for one hope he stays, does well, and shares in Everton's success. Essentially, I believe in him, and I believe in Moshiri and Koeman.

Dan Davies
116 Posted 04/09/2016 at 21:43:58
Well Big Rom needs to have a good season smashing the goals in if he wants his big move, that's all I'm saying.
Colin Glassar
117 Posted 04/09/2016 at 21:49:58
I'm not disagreeing with you, Gordon. If everything goes to plan, and we can reinforce well in the January window, then I can see him staying. But if we end up outside of European football, again, then I think the club will let him go.
Dave Speed
118 Posted 04/09/2016 at 21:57:19
John Daley #114. Nice clever reply! If he didn't practice it he will now no doubt! Jammy sod would probably end up with that Bond bird in Casino Royale instead of Daniel Craig's Bond.

No, on second thoughts he wouldn't make a good Blofeld. He would have trouble 'trapping' Bond in the first place, never mind 'controlling' the world, and the poor girl might be frustrated as Rom often dribbles before he shoots!

Gordon White
119 Posted 04/09/2016 at 22:22:48
I know, Colin. My head says he may go regardless. My heart hopes he will stay and grow with the team. I think if we miss out on a European place, he will go. I don't want to think about that right now.

As well as football, I do a bit of fishing. I don't go out in the morning thinking I'm not going to catch. I hope I'm going to have a good day. It's what makes it worth looking forward to.

I respect the opinions of others. But If I start the season off thinking we're rubbish, the owners are rubbish, the stadium's not going to happen, Romelu is leaving... what is there to look forward to? Might as well go fishing.

Colin Glassar
120 Posted 04/09/2016 at 22:26:31
We seem to be in a minority Gordon as I want him to stay as well. I hope he has a great season and silences his doubters.
Gordon White
121 Posted 04/09/2016 at 22:30:00
I'm with you Colin.
Please God, let us be right.
Sam Barrett
122 Posted 04/09/2016 at 22:40:58
I want him to stay also, but he is an arsehole though!
Gavin McGarvey
123 Posted 04/09/2016 at 22:41:52
Our best striker since Graeme Sharp. I hope we sign a few more like him (which is what all the top teams have done). I can't understand the criticism he gets when if he gets subbed we're bringing Kone on.

It would be nice if he kept his mouth shut when on international duty, but he's a good player, and I'm sure that if we had the money for better we would have spent it.

Gordon White
124 Posted 04/09/2016 at 22:43:15
Lol! Sam. You made me laugh so much. I know where your coming from. Believe you me.
John Raftery
125 Posted 04/09/2016 at 23:31:42
This thread was bound to attract the usual inane criticism of a player who, despite a drop in form in 2016, remains our biggest single asset.

Scoring goals is the hardest thing to do in football. Lukaku has proven from a very early age he is a top class goal-scorer. Such weaknesses as there are in his game will be ironed out in the next couple of years before he reaches his peak years.

I just hope we can acquire players of equal calibre elsewhere in the team so that he can see he is playing at a successful club, one competing near the top of the table and for silverware.

Rob Halligan
126 Posted 05/09/2016 at 00:05:44
Sell Lukaku for circa 㿨M-㿲M. Bring in an absolute no-mark who can't score goals but will run around all day until he drops dead.
Drew O'Neall
127 Posted 05/09/2016 at 00:21:13
Lukaku is a PROFESSIONAL footballer. He wants the best deal FOR HIM.

Everton is a PROFESSIONAL football club, it set a fee for Rom which no one was apparently prepared to meet.

Lukaku has had to accept that, based on his performances and Everton's performance as a team last season, that he cannot get a better contract and will have to try to attract a better contract from another club, or Everton, this year.

As for my feeling on strikers in general, and Lukaku's goal return (and indeed goal drought if you want to call it that), I judge them on opportunities, not goals. Things beyond anyone's control happen after the ball has left the boot. Lukaku could have had a few this season if things had gone differently in front of him and this would be a different thread.

Don't get emotional about Romelu Lukaku. He doesn't get emotional about us. He can improve but operates season by season as PROFESSIONAL modern day footballers do – he should be well motivated to perform this season but not by the fans support or vitriol because in modern day football the fans are frankly irrelevant except as 'atmospheric extras' for the TV experience.

Eric Holland
128 Posted 05/09/2016 at 00:29:08
Rob @126
I think you nailed that one.
Anthony Dwyer
129 Posted 05/09/2016 at 00:50:14
Rom is off next season, how he plays this season determines where he will end up.

Starting the season unfit two seasons out of three is a joke, the World Cup year of 2014 and the Euros 2016 is something he will have to learn to put right as big clubs simply will not put up with it.

I think the current bunch of signings will do absolutely nothing to convince Rom to stay.

Mark Wynne
130 Posted 05/09/2016 at 06:35:49
I can't understand how he can be so lacking fitness. He played every game for Belgium, so what has he been doing since? Lying in traction while someone force feeds him like a goose with Big Macs or something?
Paul Setter
131 Posted 05/09/2016 at 06:49:01
#126 some of us dickheads don't need to be abusive to get the point across!!!

Yeah let's have this superstar in our team... after all, 2 league goals in 2016 and 㿲 grand a week and a complete no show in the cup semi-final is well worth the money. Bravo.

Eric Myles
132 Posted 05/09/2016 at 08:03:17
No, Mark (#130), he's been partying hard in LA and Miami.
Eric Myles
133 Posted 05/09/2016 at 08:05:01
Paul (#131), we're supposedly doubling his pay.
Steve Guy
134 Posted 05/09/2016 at 09:22:32
Just wish he'd shut up. He's at it again according to the Echo.

It's easy, Rom, just say "no comment".

Geoff Evans
135 Posted 05/09/2016 at 11:30:30
Concentrate on your shortcomings and then maybe you'll complete the unfinished work you have at Everton!
Chris Gould
136 Posted 05/09/2016 at 12:11:54
The guy sounds like a 9-year-old child who says "I wasn't trying my best," when he loses. He's making excuses for being completely ineffective for most of 2016.

I personally think that Koeman had a plan to replace him and that our transfer window strategy went tits up when there were no offers for him. We had a problem finding a striker to play second fiddle to Lukaku. Someone who would be happy to be our 2nd striker in the knowledge that we would only play one. It may well be that we had someone lined up for big money dependant on Lukaku being sold.

I just don't see him as a Koeman type of striker.

Anthony Dwyer
137 Posted 05/09/2016 at 13:32:34
Rom is an out-and-out goalscorer, he's the best striker Everton can get without being in the Champions League, and without new investment.

He's a 㿞m striker all day long, he's one of only 10-15 strikers in that bracket, and he's the only one who would even consider season 2016-17 at us.

We sometimes have to eat shit off these egoistic players, as the Red Shite had too from Suarez. Like them, we will be worse off without Rom, as they were without Suarez.

Let's get behind him and see how far he can push us.

Kim Vivian
138 Posted 05/09/2016 at 13:38:10
This guy is an enigma. On the one hand, his posturing, both on the pitch and off, is mind-blowingly annoying and I understand people wanting him away. On the other hand – whilst I have to admit to having been in that camp – I would not be happy too see him go.

I believe Rom has massive potential for the future and would be irked to see that evolving as soon as he is away from us. If he can develop with us but we find ourselves eventually unable to retain him, there would be some comfort, but if he was to depart from us as some sort of cast-off or pariah because of a temporary period in the doldrums, and then come good elsewhere, there would be many bleeding hearts on here saying what a bunch of knobs our management have been for letting him go.

For sure, 2016 so far has been a far from memorable year but, with Martinez, Euros, injuries and a drop-off in form, hardly damning. To retain him this season and provide him with the opportunity to get back on track with an exponentially better training regime is pretty canny in my view.

I for one, am delighted he remains with us but would say to him: "You've been given the chance, Rom. Grasp it, use it and show us what you're made of mentally and physically, or accept your limitations." If he can't cut it under this regime, I think he never will in the Premier League.

I think we may see a good side to Rom show this season.

Dave Abrahams
139 Posted 05/09/2016 at 13:48:00
I think Everton tried too hard to keep Lukaku, and they succeeded; they will never have a better chance to sell him at a very good price. The 㿷m asking price was bound to put off any clubs interested, and so it proved; there was actually no club that showed any inclination to make a move for him.

John Rafferty thinks that any weaknesses in his game will be ironed out over the next two years; you might be right, John, but he has been here three seasons now and I have not seen any real improvement in his basic play. Maybe Koeman will make the difference... I certainly hope so.

Tom Bowers
140 Posted 05/09/2016 at 13:59:01
I'm with the pro-brigade on this matter. Yes, Rom has weaknesses, as does every player, even Messi, but he can still score goals and I am sure very few defences want to play against him. He now has some decent support and some others coming through who will give Everton much better offensive qualities.

Nobody expects them to score bagfuls of goals these days given the ''park the bus'' attitude of almost all the teams in the Premier League but one goal is often enough to get the result.

Michael Polley
141 Posted 05/09/2016 at 14:22:39
I expect him to start banging them in again. With our new acquisitions he will have more support to facilitate this – hopefully. I'll be at the Sunderland game next Monday and I've got a feeling he'll find the net.
Gordon White
142 Posted 05/09/2016 at 14:43:41
Michael (#141)...
3 times. ;-)
Mark Wynne
143 Posted 05/09/2016 at 14:56:48
Rom does have a tendency to lose interest during matches, so I wonder if that's indicative of his general attitude. Maybe he finished the Euros and went on a bender, convinced he was getting a big money move to a Champions League club or Chelsea thinking "Fuck it, I'll wait for Mr Raiola to tell me where I need to house-hunt" before kicking back.

He's an undoubted talent, it's just that he knows it and has a bit of an attitude. Who knows with him really.

Tim Sharpe
144 Posted 05/09/2016 at 16:34:27
If memory serves, Duncan Ferguson only scored on the last game of his final season, a rebound from a penalty he took against WBA.

Everyone goes through a dry spell, when he is at his best, he is a monster. Hopefully with the new manager & renewed confidence he will get back to his best.

The fans will love him again, he will feel the love and want to stay and run his heart out for the club.

Everybody is happy. :)

Mark Daley
145 Posted 05/09/2016 at 16:39:41
"Highly paid striker promises to score goals eventually".

I am so gratified.

Chris Gould
146 Posted 05/09/2016 at 16:49:17
For all those that want him to stay past this season, have you read his most recent comments? They're on Sky Sports.

He views us as nothing more than a stepping stone and everytime he's on an international break he harps on about moving to another club. The window has only just closed and he's already talking about when he leaves.

He's a total prick.

Steve Guy
147 Posted 05/09/2016 at 16:56:21
I dislike his utterances as I stated above. He definitely stopped trying when he thought he was edging towards the door and it showed.

However, prior to that with both us and West Brom he has had a great strike rate (1 in every 2) and I think kept us out of a relegation dogfight last season.

So I expect him to start banging them in again soon (hopefully against Sunderland) even if it's self-serving to a significant extent.

Kevin McCartney
148 Posted 05/09/2016 at 16:59:22
The one problem that I see is, even if Koeman gets Rom fit within the next week or so and playing, 'for the team', 'defending from front', 'attacking from the back', etc etc, all that hard work to iron out those wasted years under Roberto 'phenomenal' Martinez, well goes to shit during any international break because of who's in charge of the Belgium national team! How was the home crowd's reaction to their last game?

The only positive thing that could come out of those international training sessions for both Rom and Kev is the fact that Thiery Henry can coach them a thing or two?

Mark Morrissey
149 Posted 05/09/2016 at 17:12:13
He is an egotistical prick BUT he is OUR prick and we simply need to support him to the hilt. It will serve no purpose whatsoever slagging him BUT people should be allowed to vent their spleen on here without being too personally offensive.

My personal take on him will be to support him until he leaves, in the same way that I continued to support Stones last season even though I knew he wanted to leave us and that he didn't care for the club that employed him.

IMO, on his day he is a handful and this season he is capable of 30 goals. So I'll be supporting him whether he kisses the badge or not BUT be assured, he'll only be banging them in for is own sake and not for you or I. If we get into the Champions League, he might just decide to stay, so let's get behind the gobshite.

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