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1 Posted 15/03/2017 at 19:02:39
2 Posted 15/03/2017 at 19:27:27
3 Posted 15/03/2017 at 19:37:14
4 Posted 15/03/2017 at 19:37:44
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!
5 Posted 15/03/2017 at 19:39:44
6 Posted 15/03/2017 at 19:40:06
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.
7 Posted 15/03/2017 at 19:43:28
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...
8 Posted 15/03/2017 at 20:27:08
9 Posted 15/03/2017 at 20:40:08
10 Posted 15/03/2017 at 21:24:52
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.
11 Posted 16/03/2017 at 07:49:25
12 Posted 16/03/2017 at 23:50:40
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.
13 Posted 17/03/2017 at 11:14:27
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.
14 Posted 17/03/2017 at 12:14:42
15 Posted 17/03/2017 at 12:46:59
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.
17 Posted 17/03/2017 at 13:14:46
BY IAIN MACINTOSH 2 DAYS AGO
The timing of it all is just SO Everton. After a disconcerting mid-season slump, Ronald Koemans side are flying now. Theyve won six of their last nine Premier League games, theyve 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 wasnt? For the most part of his time on Merseyside, hes 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 hes done this for an inconsistent team that hasnt 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, dont 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. Thats longer than Liverpool kept Luis Suarez. Thats longer than Atletico Madrid kept Diego Costa. Thats only two seasons fewer than Manchester United kept Cristiano Ronaldo. Everton have done well out of this. They have at least vindicated Martinezs 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 Lukakus response to this was to score goals so freely that in his twelve appearances since Christmas, hes only failed to hit the back of the net four times. Its 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 youll 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 its 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.
Lukakus 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.
18 Posted 17/03/2017 at 13:19:31
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.
19 Posted 17/03/2017 at 15:04:37
20 Posted 18/03/2017 at 08:11:19
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.
21 Posted 18/03/2017 at 11:49:00
The top teams have the best goalscorers, they also have top 'keepers. We need to break the bank to keep him.
22 Posted 18/03/2017 at 13:06:34
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????
23 Posted 18/03/2017 at 13:15:25
24 Posted 20/03/2017 at 13:18:54
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.
25 Posted 20/03/2017 at 13:21:33
• 9 against top 4
• 17 against top half
• 25 against bottom half but werent in the drop zone
• 13 against teams relegated
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