Does anyone else think that Lukaku will be off at the end of the season?
What was the point of his agent coming out and saying a new contract is 99 percent agreed a few months back if he was never going to sign it?
Initially I thought a new contract would have meant a hefty wage increase for the player in exchange for club security in future transfer negotiations and a massive buy-out clause being inserted. I for one think, if he were to stay and one or two more key signings made, that we could seriously challenge for honours next season.
If Lukaku should go, particularly to another Premier League club, we would be taking a massive backward step.
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1 Posted 27/01/2017 at 21:14:14
2 Posted 27/01/2017 at 22:04:12
4 Posted 28/01/2017 at 01:28:02
5 Posted 28/01/2017 at 02:34:34
They are coming I suppose.
The contract issue is unsettling. We desperately need to retain him, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Chelsea hovering in the summer. A contract wouldn't guarantee him staying but it would put us in a better position.
6 Posted 28/01/2017 at 03:22:46
It's early. Give it until noon Saturday and I'm sure there will be plenty of posts calling him everything under the sun.
7 Posted 28/01/2017 at 04:36:04
What we know is, OFM got him to agree to stay one more season (While our dear-departed and sorely-missed Stones was putting in his first transfer request).
Before coming back to training camp this season, it was thought Rom was gone. But he said he'd listen to Koeman's view out of respect (While our "Future England Captain" was putting in yet another transfer request).
Here he still is in his fourth season. My guess is that we're noticeably moving fast enough away from the Kenwright/Martinez combo that he'll stay.
At a hefty pay-rise, mind. But he's worth it.
8 Posted 28/01/2017 at 05:04:19
9 Posted 28/01/2017 at 06:43:03
I hope that was a joke.
10 Posted 28/01/2017 at 07:31:16
But analyzing his options. Regarding top 6 in Premier League I don't think his style suits City, Spurs, Liverpool or Arsenal. Stylewise Man Utd could be an option, and I don't think he has personal issues with Mourinho. But they have Zlatan and are apparently chasing Griezman so I don't think that is an option.
So only Chelsea if Costa is leaving. Real and Barca are way off and the same is Bayern. Which leaves PSG as an option. But I hope Rom is more ambitious then the French League. I don't think any Italian club could afford him.
So in reality it will be very hard to identify a club who can afford him, who needs a striker of Lukakus style and where he would be first choice. I would say Chelsea if Costa leaves. But even then I think they would aim higher.
So Rom to stay with us. You are the clear first choice. You bring us back to the top and you become a legend.
11 Posted 28/01/2017 at 08:00:12
I would take Wilfred Brambell before Wilfred Bony.
12 Posted 28/01/2017 at 08:52:46
14 Posted 28/01/2017 at 09:02:06
15 Posted 28/01/2017 at 09:18:29
Remember, as long as they run themselves into the ground...
16 Posted 28/01/2017 at 09:23:18
Won't be long before the usual fish bite!!
17 Posted 28/01/2017 at 09:34:41
In the meantime keep banging them in, Romelu.
18 Posted 28/01/2017 at 09:40:45
19 Posted 28/01/2017 at 10:27:40
20 Posted 28/01/2017 at 10:35:54
Our loss despite what some on here say about him. I for one hope he stays.
21 Posted 28/01/2017 at 10:39:35
Brainwashed into accepting mediocrity, Andrew. Convinced a large proportion of fans that finishing 7th was the equivalent of winning the title for a club punching above its weight. His red-headed partner in arms perpetuated the fallacy.
22 Posted 28/01/2017 at 10:40:37
John @11: Some on TW would take Albert Steptoe over Rom. Some would even take Hercules, even though he's not suited to Koeman's pressing game, being a bit of a cart horse.
23 Posted 28/01/2017 at 10:48:59
I don't think anybody is going to talk about how poor Lukaku's touch is, or even how lazy he is when he's not in the mood. I guess after three seasons of watching him, those who are not deaf dumb and blind now figure these points are incontestable.
The point here is, will he sign another contract? He is a goal scorer and clubs will always be in the market for goal scorers... but he isn't top draw at least that seems the general consensus among top clubs coaches. If they were interested, they'd had declared their interest by now. Their haven't.
Lukaku faces a clear choice. Does he sign for a club which doesn't dine at football's top table. or does he take the very generous offer which is apparently already on the table.
Lukaku will sign... of course he will.
25 Posted 28/01/2017 at 11:01:19
26 Posted 28/01/2017 at 11:10:09
When he scored against Man City he stood open armed and no one ran to him until Holgate came along and he shrugged him off and then Funes Mori leapt on him. Everyone else ran to Mirallas. He tried to pinch Tom Davies's goal actually celebrated it as though it was his.
At the Palace game, no celebration with Coleman, and at the end, just a cursory wave from the centre circle and the first down the tunnel.
He doesn't want to be here and I for one don't want him (for well-worn but nonetheless valid reasons).
There you go, David, an hour before your deadline!!!
27 Posted 28/01/2017 at 11:12:11
Still a frustrating player with not enough to his game for me anyroad.
Take the big bucks for him & move on.
28 Posted 28/01/2017 at 11:17:49
The fact that he hasn't signed a contract that's been on the table for some months suggests one of two things: He wants more money, or he and his agent are aware of interest from other clubs.
29 Posted 28/01/2017 at 11:31:08
It'll the "boost" everybody needs because we didn't wait until the last day of the window to panic buy.
I also think Everton are now playing the FFP game very well indeed. Maybe that we're holding off until new financial year to announce it and then it can be included in next year's accounts which will include new sponsorship, player sales and additional incomes.
Just my opinion like.
30 Posted 28/01/2017 at 11:32:12
As such, if he doesn't sign a new contract, it doesn't mean he'll be off at the end of the season unless Everton permits it (and he wants to go).
31 Posted 28/01/2017 at 11:35:40
32 Posted 28/01/2017 at 11:41:10
33 Posted 28/01/2017 at 11:42:58
34 Posted 28/01/2017 at 11:43:30
35 Posted 28/01/2017 at 11:56:16
We will secure 7th spot finishing somewhere between 60-63 points.
36 Posted 28/01/2017 at 11:59:21
If his critics could back their snide comments with facts about other players we have who are far worse than Lukaku then I would like to read them.
Name me another forward on the books who scores goals regularly.Only Mirallas has made double figures and that was once.Barkley's best has been 8 league goals.In fact Naismith equalled Barkleys best with 8 in one season.
Who are the so called top draw strikers other clubs have ?Only Kane is English and he is far better supported at Spurs.Other players score goals too.
Coleman is our 2nd top league goal scorer so far this season with FOUR goals.Barkley, Mirallas and Baines have three.
Lukaku must stay and every effort must be made to keep him with us.IMO that is an absolute requirement above any other priority we may have.If players are to go then it must be other one's.
37 Posted 28/01/2017 at 12:02:03
38 Posted 28/01/2017 at 12:04:43
39 Posted 28/01/2017 at 12:17:33
So let's have a look a Dowell, Walsh, Kenny et al, and be a bit like Barca only go into the transfer market to buy quality.
Back to the thread; general agreement all round: if Costa goes to China, Lukaku goes to Chelsea.
40 Posted 28/01/2017 at 12:18:19
That would be an extremely disappointing finish and would look something like W5 D5 L6.
To be honest we have a tough amount of away games. RS, Man U, Spurs and Arsenal. However we also have Stoke, Boro, West Ham and Swansea
At home it's easier Bournemouth, Sunderland, West Brom, Hull, Leicester, Chelsea, Burnley and Watford.
I think we should be targeting another 28 points to finish on 64 as a bare minimum. However that is still probably still only 7th unless one of the sides above us implodes.
That probably needs to look more like W8 D4 L4.
41 Posted 28/01/2017 at 12:23:06
I've noticed all that behaviour from him as well.
Also noticed where he gestures with both hands towards his feet when the ball doesn't get played right to his feet. There was one in particular against Palace where he did it and it was down to him not being where he should be rather than the cross.
His whole demeanour has changed over the last several weeks and it can't be put down to the anniversary of his mate's death. It's a worry for sure as scoring, for a striker, should be the most joyous feeling.
I hope he DOES sign a new contract as he is undoubtedly the best source of goals for us and a player whose goals would be very hard to replace.I can't help NOT loving him though, and that's a strange feeling to have towards Everton's centre forward.
42 Posted 28/01/2017 at 12:29:55
44 Posted 28/01/2017 at 13:03:46
Of course I don't want to be negative and we should aim to win every game. But setting a target for the end of the season needs to be realistic. It's highly unlikely any team in the league will win every single game.
A minimum target of 64 points to me would indicate progress, certainly over the last two seasons and is a higher number than any other Premier League season other than Martinez's first.
It's obviously not enough going forward but it's important we build and maintain momentum over the remainder of the season.
As fans we tend to be quite short term in our outlook. Three weeks ago, some were calling for the manager's head; now some are calling for European qualification. However, it's about consistency and the aim should be an average of 2 points a game if you want to be a top 4 team and challenging for the title.
45 Posted 28/01/2017 at 13:33:52
We have at last replaced Barry and McCarthy through Davies and Schneiderlin. Lookman is a very interesting punt. I would like to see McCarthy moved on for himself as much as us to recoup some cash.
If we want more I would have wanted a top replacement for Funes Mori or Jagielka. But in terms of midfield, I think we should be done. I really hope Liam Walsh gets a run before the end of the year. Dowell maybe more likely though of the 2.
46 Posted 28/01/2017 at 14:00:31
I don't expect anything to be honest, but have the feeling under Moshiri we have a very good chance of becoming a top club again, and I haven't given up on this season with possibly one more better than decent player coming in before the transfer deadline.
We will ( us fans ) all be there no matter what transpires.
47 Posted 28/01/2017 at 14:18:09
It might be a bigger issue than one of simply losing tens of millions of £s two years hence. I say this because for Moshiri, Everton is supposed to be a long-term 'project' rather than a short-term 'investment'. We're now supposed to have shed the 'selling club' label, and that usually means willing to take chances on sums which lesser clubs cannot or will not take chances on.
A big club in this sense can send out messages that a player is effectively not for sale. We buy rather than sell, and if Koeman values Lukaku highly enough (football-wise, because he's said he doesn't get involved in the money side), then Moshiri could consider him so valuable to the 'project', including its image relevant to generating a profile that helps attract the best players, that he's willing to take the risk of losing tens of millions of £s two years hence in return for the benefit a player of Lukaku's status can give in that time, in relation to the bigger image (the 'brand' if you like) of Everton.
Everton saying Lukaku stays would be a massive 'statement of intent', precisely because of the potential loss (㿞M or whatever) that you cite.
48 Posted 28/01/2017 at 14:46:49
49 Posted 28/01/2017 at 16:55:27
We have to tie him down to a deal and make him the Jewell in Ronny's crown.
50 Posted 28/01/2017 at 17:22:26
Rom didn't celebrate Coleman's goal? Have you even seen it??
He jumped straight onto the pile of players celebrating it in front of our travelling support.
Now I know some fans have never warmed to him, but make up stuff like that is just wrong.
51 Posted 28/01/2017 at 18:09:51
I don't think it works like that, Joel. Everton's financial year runs through 31 May so anything happening this season should be in this year's accounts... even if they won't actually get posted on here or anywhere till the end of 2017 at best!
52 Posted 28/01/2017 at 18:30:57
53 Posted 28/01/2017 at 19:02:06
If he did I apologise to him. I was there at the very back with the sun in my eyes. My excuse and I'm sticking to it!!!!
54 Posted 28/01/2017 at 19:38:18
55 Posted 28/01/2017 at 19:56:38
56 Posted 28/01/2017 at 20:03:55
57 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:57:30
94 words just for one sentence, Stan Schofield. There are several sub-clauses which make it problematical for readability. This is not a university forum as far as am aware. I might expect usually at the most, 60 words from the average politician's sentence but 94 words is hmm.
58 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:02:59
59 Posted 30/01/2017 at 23:06:44
60 Posted 02/02/2017 at 04:37:47
61 Posted 02/02/2017 at 18:01:01
If you try to look at it from his point of view, he made his big signing at age 18 to Chelsea where he joined up with his idol Drogba and Torres. Chelsea won the Champions League that year but Rom said he didn't feel like he was part of the winning team.
I would say he felt very let down having gone from the top scorer in Belgium to now being a reserve for Chelsea. So his loans out to West Brom and Everton probably lifted his moods again as he scored 17 with West Brom and then 16 with Everton despite some injuries.
He seemed to settle in well at Everton and the fans took to him and he felt like a big fish in a small pond again which I think he likes. He likes to feel like the main man and this is the reason I think he's been a bit hesitant to go back and sign for Chelsea or another big club.
He knows he can earn good money with Everton and not be under too much pressure to perform as he will always be the main striker. Whereas should he go to one of the big 4 clubs, he might not be as happy and would probably have to work a lot harder. Who knows for sure but I think Rom is quite an intelligent guy and he probably understands that whilst he stays at a club like Everton for a few years, he can continue scoring goals at a decent rate and so continue to set records.
I reckon Koeman and Martinez before him told him he will benefit more at his young age to be at a club like Everton where he will be given a lot more time to learn and develop and then when he is 25 or whatever he still has plenty of time to move to the big clubs.
The way a lot of top managers are playing now, expecting their strikers to work hard pressing, I'd say Rom is glad he's not at Liverpool or Man City.
63 Posted 07/02/2017 at 22:46:58
64 Posted 23/02/2017 at 09:06:46
65 Posted 23/02/2017 at 09:13:48
66 Posted 23/02/2017 at 09:20:03
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