Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is being heavily linked with a move to French club PSG in January by the Daily Mirror. The Belgian star has been in fine form this season, scoring seven times in the Premier League.
Lukaku is regarded by some of one of the best young strikers in world football. Stories linking the striker with a big-money move were bound to occur. According to the Mirror PSG are big fans of Lukaku.
Lukaku has been talking about the rumours linking him with a move to PSG. Speaking to French TV he said: “[My agent] never tells me anything.
“As long as there is nothing, black and white and on paper, he will not bother me with it and I respect that. That is his way of working. I know they [interested clubs] are there, though.”
PSG are struggling following the summer exit of Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United. Maybe the Parisians see Lukaku as a man that can fill Ibrahimovic’s boots.
Prolific in front of goal
At 23-years-old Romelu Lukaku has been highly consistent in front of goal in the past few seasons. However, the striker’s goalscoring form this season has not been an isolated occurrence. Lukaku has got into double figures in his last four Premier League campaigns, despite his relatively tender years.
Bearing in mind the first season in that run was spent on-loan in a very average West Brom team, those statistics are pretty impressive. There are very few young strikers in world football that have been as prolific as Lukaku in such a strong league.
In European football, there seems to be a dearth of prolific strikers. The art of goalscoring seems to be a dying one in an era when goals are more evenly spread throughout a team.
Lukaku seems to have the scoring knack and his all-around play has improved in the last year or so. There is no wonder he is getting admiring glances.
Very vocal about his ambitions
Romelu Lukaku is a guy who seems to like to talk himself up. Every six months or so he states that he feels he deserves to be playing Champions League football. There are very few footballers I have heard talk about themselves as much as Lukaku does.
We get it Romelu, you are good, young and you are very ambitious. However, you were young and ambition at Chelsea and you failed to prove yourself there.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman and owner Farhad Moshiri have stated that the striker will not be leaving the club in the near future. The Merseysider’s were even reported to have put a £60million price tag on his head in the summer. That price tag will not have dropped!
Lukaku was reportedly a summer transfer target for Chelsea. However, that was probably before they found out his price. It was also probably when they believed that Diego Costa was heading out of the door.
Costa has regained his mojo at Stamford Bridge and is no doubt the first choice striker for the title challengers. It is fair to say that Antonio Conte is unlikely to making contact with the Toffees about the forward in January.
Everton still a work in progress
There is a sense that Lukaku would probably be happy to stay at Everton if the club were in the Champions League. The Toffees look unlikely to make the top four in the Premier League this season are odds of 16/1 to claim a Champions League spot.
Everton under Ronald Koeman are definitely a work in progress. The clubs new owner Farhad Moshiri seems to have big ambitions for the club in the future. However, Koeman has a lot of work to do to turn the current squad into top-four or even top-six contenders.
Roberto Martinez left a legacy of unfit and unmotivated players. It will take time for Koeman to really make a big difference. Whether Romelu Lukaku will be around to see the Dutch revive the Toffees looks doubtful.
Romelu Lukaku believes he belongs at a club in the Champions League. Sooner or later the striker is likely to get his wish. Unfortunately for Everton it looks like that could be sooner, if not in January then maybe next summer.
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