Romelu Lukaku is unlikely to have pleased Everton fans with his latest comments…
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has risked the wrath of the club’s supporters by claiming that he wants to move to a bigger club. His comments come just weeks after West Bromwich Albion forward Saido Berahino was dropped for revealing a similar ambition and angering his teammates.
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Lukaku initially arrived at Goodison Park on loan from Chelsea last season, scoring 16 goals in 33 games and impressing enough to earn a club record £28m transfer last summer. His form has dropped off so far this term however, with the Belgian managing just ten goals in 32 matches.
The 21-year-old has only struck seven times in the league, a disappointing return considering he netted 17 times while on loan at West Brom during the 2012-13 season. It hardly seems the appropriate time to be talking up a move to a ‘bigger’ club, as he is certainly yet to outgrow Everton.
However, Lukaku, who was quoted by the Sun, said: “It was brilliant to play at Chelsea and I had a good reception. They know I’m a good player but that I want to develop so I can eventually get back to playing for a club like Chelsea.
“I don’t have a secret ambition to rejoin — there are other clubs in the world. I just want to grow as a player and eventually arrive at a top club again.”
What a wonderful way to repay the team that splashed a huge amount of money on you and, at the start of the season at least, had aspirations of qualifying for the Champions League; having narrowly missed out last term.
Everton consider themselves to be a ‘big’ club, and for their star player to essentially state that he sees them as a stepping stone must be extremely demoralising for all involved. You would think after the fuss made over Berahino’s comments, that the former Chelsea man would have learnt something.
Reports in the Daily Mirror carried the quotes from Berahino, who said: “If I can keep them in the Premier League and score as many goals as I can, I’m pretty sure the fans wouldn’t mind me pushing on and moving on to bigger things.”
His manager, Tony Pulis, was distinctly unimpressed, commenting: “I think Saido has a long way to go. [Harry] Kane looks as though he is a lad who has bitten the arm off to get that chance and he is not going to let it go. That is what you want and you want players to have that desire and commitment.”
Roberto Martinez and the rest of the Everton squad are likely to take a similar stand-point with Lukaku – ‘If you want to play for a bigger club then you better prove that you deserve to be playing for one, rather than standing around complaining’.
After all, the time Lukaku did spend at Chelsea, was distinctly uninspiring. He failed to score in 15 appearances in all competitions, and missed the decisive penalty in their Super Cup defeat to Bayern Munich at the start of last season.
Lukaku has much to prove if he’s to be one of the world’s best strikers, and he needs to start performing for Everton before he talks about anything that might come after his time on Merseyside.