There has been so much talk over the international break of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku wanting to leave the Toffees and play Champions League football next season. Even as an Everton fan I understand where he is coming from.
If boss Roberto Martinez and the Toffees defence had done their job as well as Lukaku has done his up front, then maybe Everton would been challenging for the top four. Unfortunately, Bob Martin as he is affectionately known by some Blues has struggled to put right Everton’s defensive woes.
Linked with a move to a club playing Champions League
Lukaku’s development this season has been impressive. The improvement in his control has been the most surprising, as the ball used to bounce off him last season straight to the opponents last season and now he can hold the ball up. That has meant a massive improvement in his all round play.
His goals and general good performances this season have obviously attracted admiring glances from elsewhere. Lukaku’s father has talked up a move to Manchester United, yet the Red Devils are not sure of European football, never mind Champions League football.
I would be very disappointed to see Lukaku join United if they do not finish in the top-four, as he stated he wants Champions League football.
Lukaku being linked with Italian giants Juventus is probably more acceptable, as they are a big European club will offer the striker the chance to win the big trophies. United cannot really say that they can offer that at this juncture in time.
Not moving forward
Everton are 12th in the Premier League and it is because of poor management from Martinez. If the Blues were challenging for the top four positions this season I could have seen Lukaku being content with life on Merseyside.
Everton and Lukaku seem like the perfect partnership. He seems to like the club and is a fans hero. If the striker saw the club moving forward then I have no doubts he would like to stay.
It will not be about money, as the Toffees are likely to have far more financial clout this summer than they have had in recent years.
Lukaku is obviously frustrated that the club are not moving forward and developing like Martinez promised on his arrival. The Toffees enjoyed a good first season under the Spaniard, but in the last two seasons have gone backwards if anything.
Lukaku could still end up with a FA Cup winner’s medal this season, as the Toffees are favourites to win the grand old trophy at odds of 12/5. However, they are wildly underperforming in the Premier League.
The Belgium international has scored 25 goals in all competitions, yet the Toffees are considered to be having a very poor campaign indeed.
Cannot see him staying at Goodison Park
With Lukaku believed to be rated in the £50million bracket, I cannot see the striker being at Everton next season, unless something extraordinary happens in the summer transfer window. New investment has arrived in the shape of Farhad Moshiri and promises have been made over new arrivals.
It seems that even the prospect of the Toffees strengthening their squad this summer may not be enough to keep the highly-talented striker at Goodison Park.
It would be a massive shame for Everton to lose such a talented and promising striker at this stage, especially as the club from Merseyside are no longer in need of selling to boost their financial coffers.
Everton should be building a successful team around Lukaku and the other talented young players in the squad. However underachievement in the last few years has obviously frustrated the striker and to be honest us fans as well.
Unfortunately I expect Romelu Lukaku to leave this summer and he will be a massive loss to the club, as he is the sort of centre-forward Evertonians adore. If Lukaku does leave the club though, I have to admit I will not hold it against him.
He has tried his best to fire Everton into a position to challenge for the European places, but other people at the club have let him and the fans down, mentioning no names Bobby. If he does move to a club that can offer you Champions League football then good luck to the youngster.
Will Romelu Lukaku be plying his trade at Everton next season?