Everton’s £28m striker Romelu Lukaku has hinted that he could leave Goodison Park in the summer, the Mail Online reports. But shouldn’t the pricey Belgian be looking to stay with the Toffees and start repaying the club with some much-needed goals?
Lukaku was outstanding in his season-long loan with Everton last year, impressing so much at Goodison Park that Roberto Martinez smashed the club’s transfer record to bring him to Merseyside permanently. The Belgium international’s 15 Premier League goals last term helped the Toffees to an impressive fifth place finish in Martinez’s first season with the club.
However, this campaign has been a far cry from those dizzy heights of last year. Everton have struggled for consistency all season, and as a consequence they sit a lowly 12th in the Premier League table, picking up just six league wins in 25 games. Martinez’s side are just five points above the drop zone, and they have secured just one win in their last 11 league and cup encounters.
There have been many suggestions that Lukaku hasn’t lived up to his hefty price tag since making the permanent switch from Chelsea in the summer. Although the 21-year-old hasn’t been as prolific as last season, he is still the club’s top scorer this term with 10 goals in all competitions. But it’s not just Lukaku who has underperformed, a lot of the Everton senior players have failed to step up to the plate this season, with six Premier League wins clearly unacceptable for a club the size of the Toffees.
Instead of suggesting he’s open to a move away from Merseyside, the ex-Chelsea striker should be concentrating on providing Everton with the goals they so desperately need. Although relegation seems extremely unlikely, Roberto Martinez’ side need a positive run of form from now until the end of the season.
The Daily Mail have linked both West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur with a move for the Everton striker in recent days. With Spurs on the lookout for a forward to partner Harry Kane up top, and with the Metro reporting West Ham’s Enner Valencia is a target for league leaders Chelsea, rumours of Lukaku leaving Goodison Park may have a bit of truth in them. Whether Everton get anywhere near the £28m fee they paid for him is anyone’s guess though.
The Toffees have only found the net twice in their last six Premier League games. With just 13 league games remaining, as well as a two-legged Europa League tie with Young Boys on the horizon, the club have never needed Romelu Lukaku to come up with goods as much as they do now. In the wake of the player’s recent want-away comments, it would benefit all parties if the Belgian did his talking on the pitch rather than off it.
The forward, who has already accumulated transfer fees of £46m during his short career, is more than capable of providing the Toffees with the much-needed goals in the remainder of the season; and he should be concentrating at staying in the blue half of Merseyside for the foreseeable future.