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Everton struck gold with Romelu Lukaku

Everton have had some transfer howlers down the years, particularly when it comes to extortionately overpaying for players.

The Toffees only spent £1.7m this summer but, in years gone by, they have flashed the chequebook significantly.

Whether it was £34m on Alex Iwobi or £23.6m on Davy Klaassen, one does have to wonder sometimes what the thought process behind recruitment is at Goodison Park.

However, in forking out £28m on Romelu Lukaku back in 2014, it most certainly wasn’t a mistake.

Everton decided to gamble on the Belgian after he failed to make the grade at Chelsea first time out but they were aware he could do it in the Premier League.

Lukaku racked up 17 goals during a loan spell with West Brom and that was enough to make Bill Kenwright and co pull the trigger on a seismic deal.

Is Lukaku worth £90m?

No way!

No way!

Of course!

Of course!

After arriving, the forward became an instant hit in Merseyside, going on to score a mammoth 87 times in 166 outings.

It was at Goodison Park where Lukaku really became a prominent name in football, rolling defenders with ease and unleashing fierce drives towards goal.

The forward had and still has it all. He is quick, strong, an intelligent runner and his touch has improved a great deal since departing the blue corner of Merseyside.

However, during his time with Everton, he was still particularly raw. Lukaku was by no means the finished article but now at the age of 28, he is one of the game’s elite.

After a barnstorming few years, his value has risen astronomically. Everton were able to get £75m for his services when they sold him to Manchester United, raking in a profit of £47m.

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This was evidently a masterclass from Kenwright, a man who struck gold to bring him to the club for what ended up looking like such a small fee.

Lukaku didn’t enjoy the best of spells at Manchester United but his swashbuckling style of play eventually took him to Inter Milan, where he became a Serie A champion last season.

His value rose again and now stands at £90m, just a fraction below the jaw-dropping £97.5m that Chelsea paid to re-sign him this summer.

The Belgian attacker is one of the most unique players in world football and Everton can be proud of the work they achieved with him.

They made Lukaku a consistent scorer and ultimately one who has cost £289m, making him the most expensive footballer of all time in cumulative transfer fees.

A salary of £325k-per-week also makes him the highest-paid player in the Chelsea squad. It’s fair to say that he’s done well for himself after leaving Everton.

AND in other news, Everton must unleash “exciting” rarely-seen 18 y/o, he could be another Thierry Small…

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