Everton owner plays down Koeman’s praise for Lukaku

Everton boss Ronald Koeman made headlines this week, and risked upsetting Toffees plans, after he appeared to suggest that star striker Romelu Lukaku will soon outgrow the Goodison Park outfit- stating the Belgian is set for bigger and better things.

Lukaku, who is regarded as one of the finest young striker’s in world football, was praised by his Dutch manager for his tremendous ability but the Toffees’ majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri told TalkSport the comments have been taken out of context.

“It has been taken out of context. Ronald Koeman said he believes Romelu will develop into one of the best strikers in the world in the next two to three years and wouldn’t be out of place at his old club, Barcelona. It is just player-coach talk.”

Despite Moshiri’s response, it’s difficult to argue that Everton will struggle to keep hold of Lukaku in the coming years as the former Chelsea man has racked up plenty of plaudits during his stint on Merseyside- and it’s only a matter of time until a Champions League club comes calling.

Lukaku has netted 35 goals in 85 Premier League appearances for Everton, having previously netting 15 in 31 games whilst on-loan at Goodison Park.