Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he wants to leave the Merseyside club this summer after the Toffees experienced a disappointing Premier League campaign under the now sacked Roberto Martinez.
The striker is quoted as telling the Daily Star: “I’m at a point where I have to make a good career choice,”
“We have a new investor at Everton and out of courtesy I will listen to what he has to say. But I have my own ideas in mind. I want to win titles”.
Improved immensely this season
The 23-year-old was prolific in front of goal scoring 25 goals in all competitions for the Toffees. His goals helped the Toffees make the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup. Unfortunately for the men from Merseyside they suffered defeat in both.
Lukaku has been prolific in every season he has been at Everton, although last season’s tally of 16 was slightly disappointing. This season the striker has improved his all-around game and has become one of the most effective strikers in the Premier League.
His control and general hold-up play is in great contrast to last season when he played like he could not trap a bag of cement. His improvement for much of the season did not help the Toffees boss Roberto Martinez avoid the sack, as the side from Merseyside finished 11th in the Premier League table.
Everton in a good position with Lukaku
Lukaku’s performances have had the striker linked with a return to former-club Chelsea and also top-flight rivals Manchester United. Everton are in a great position of power though, as financially the club is stable again.
New majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has promised transfer funds for the clubs next boss and the Toffees are unlikely to sell any of their biggest assets on the cheap. In fact a fee of around £65million has been mooted in the press.
The Toffees paid a club-record fee of £28million to Chelsea in 2014 to sign the striker and it was hoped that the striker could fire the Merseysiders into the Champions League. However most Everton fans were realistic in their ambitions and it always seemed that Lukaku would move on once he really established himself in the Premier League.
He believes he has done that and Everton could now more than double their money by selling the striker this summer. Every player has their price and selling Lukaku for twice the price they paid for him has to be seen as good business from the Merseysiders.
Everton are unlikely to sign a striker of such potential this summer as a replacement for Lukaku, but they will be able to re-invest a squad that needs a major overhaul with a number of players set to leave this summer.
Still not quite world-class
Romelu Lukaku has developed well over the past year and still has so much potential to fulfil. However, towards the end of the campaign the striker seemed to have downed tools in the Premier League anyway.
When it appeared Everton were struggling in the league, Lukaku failed to step-up to the plate. In the FA Cup final the striker missed a plethora of chances, including a penalty kick and the Toffees suffered a 2-1 defeat against Manchester United.
The performance raised question marks over his ability to produce on the big occasion. Teams that win titles and trophies have strikers who rise to the occasion.
Maybe that performance was just a one off, but the fact that he switched off towards the end of the campaign suggests that he is not yet mentally ready to play for a team challenging for the big trophies.
Lukaku is a highly-promising forward and has proven that he can score goals in the Premier League. He would be a good signing for any top-flight club. However, he is likely to command a massive fee, so the question marks about his character may mean he may well be a gamble of a signing.
Where will Romelu Lukaku be plying his trade next season?