Loads of Everton fans have reacted on Twitter after former striker Romelu Lukaku gushed over the club on an Instagram post looking back on the last decade of his career.
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Part 1 are my favourite moment of the decade.. from scoring as a 16 year old at the club of my heart @rscanderlecht and represent my country at 16 @belgianreddevils going to the club i supported as a boy @chelseafc where i learned so much from the players in that dressingroom. @wba thank you for giving a 19 year old kid the time to play in such a great league where i could realise a dream wich is score in the @premierleague. @everton looking back i owe that club so much they gave me a chance and believe at 20 years old and i truly enjoyed my time there. The fans are amazing and it was a pleasure to play for such great club. @manchesterunited such a big club. With such great people and amazing fans. I learned a lot from the coaches and mentally the club prepared me for so much that has to come in my career. People can talk a lot of sh*t but in true honesty i have nothing but love for the people involved over there and they know it 💯.
The Belgium international scored 87 goals in 166 games for the Merseyside outfit across two separate spells before leaving to join Manchester United in 2017.
Things didn’t really work out well for the 26-year-old at Old Trafford, and he is now plying his trade for Inter Milan in Italy.
Recalling his spell with Everton on Instagram, the centre-forward said: “Looking back I owe that club so much they gave me a chance and believe at 20 years old and I truly enjoyed my time there. The fans are amazing and it was a pleasure to play for such great club.”
In all honesty, the Merseyside outfit have struggled to replace Lukaku since he departed, with the likes of Cenk Tosun and Moise Kean – so far at least – failing to fill the void he left.
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That is something that clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed by many supporters, who would take the Belgian back now if they had their way.
One said they “would do anything” for him to return, while another suggested he would shine under new manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Would have him back in a heartbeat and should never have really let him go. Even if he did want to.
— Toffee Penguin 🌊 (@ToffeePenguin) December 31, 2019
Bring him back!!! You said yourself you owe us rom 😏😂
— Shaun Davies (@ShaunChiefEFC) December 31, 2019
Would do anything for rom to come home
— Cam (@CamMurray78) December 31, 2019
Come backkk Mann 🥺 @RomeluLukaku9
— Nathan Surplice (@NathanSurplice3) December 31, 2019
Imagine him working under Ancelotti. Think he could easily become an Everton legend!
— EFC 4 LIFE (@evertonfc78nsno) December 31, 2019
However, not every individual was keen on the 26-year-old, who was once described by former Everton director of football Steve Walsh as a “big baby”, returning to Goodison Park.
Did he play for Everton? Simple question but a lot tougher than you think…
It’s fair to say that he perhaps didn’t leave the club in the best possible fashion, having also reportedly handed in a transfer request in the summer of 2016 – something manager Ronald Koeman confirmed he later withdrew.
Bit late now innit
— Liam Fitz (@LiamFitzpatric3) December 31, 2019
If only he’d realised at the time how much we’d done for him….. ☹️
— Vic ✨ (@victoriacarlin_) December 31, 2019
Fair play to him but the damage is done for me. His attitude stinks an thinks hes bigger than any club he plays for
— Steven Hill (@sterin2003) December 31, 2019