Everton’s European campaign continues as they visit the Liberty Stadium for their Premier League clash with Swansea City. However, Roberto Martinez’s side will have to do it without their powerful talisman Romelu Lukaku leading the line.
The Belgium international hasn’t made the matchday 18, and, although the official line is an injury, the cynical ones out there will be suggesting it has to Lukaku’s new agent recently saying that if he had met the striker sooner, he wouldn’t have moved to Everton from Chelsea.
Whatever the narrative is behind the former Anderlecht powerhouse’s absence is, there’s no denying that the Toffees will miss the big man up top; he has eighteen goals and six assists from 39 appearances across all competitions this season.
Arouna Kone has been tasked with filling his team-mates boots – David James suggest during the pre-match chat that the former Wigan Athletic man was a better option than Romelu(!) – but what do the Everton fans make of Lukaku’s absence and Kone’s starting spot?
— Brendan (@oflahertyb) April 11, 2015
Since Lukaku's agent ran his mouth off the a couple weeks ago, Kone has been starting up front. Is Lukaku injured or benched?
— Smitty (@5_star_smitty) April 11, 2015
@glennryanefc guarantee if we had something to play for lukaku would of been fit today! I might of started nais instead of kone
— tony price (@tonypefc) April 11, 2015
You just knew lukaku wasn't going to be playing today. About time Kone stepped up and showed he's actually good enough.
— Michael Thomas (@mikeefc74) April 11, 2015
I like kone. His hold up play and first touch is infinitely better than lukaku. Lukaku is better at all the other stuff though. #efc
— DJOTaylor (@DJOTaylor) April 11, 2015
Big blow that Lukaku's not fit. Team defended well last week but offered almost nothing going forward. Kone's due a decent performance.
— Joe Strange (@joe_strange) April 11, 2015
I worry about lukaku me something dodgy going on there imagine losing him and mirallas and signing cleverly on a free
— Jamie EFC (@EFCparkender) April 11, 2015