One name stands out when you look at Everton’s squad: Romelu Lukaku. He is a very important cog in Everton’s wheel. Even though he is under contract until 2019, it would be a very sensible move for Everton to offer him an improved contract.
Lukaku is currently on a £75,000 a week contract but the new deal would increase his wages to £100,000 a week, making him the highest paid player in Everton’s history. The Belgian international is the main man at Everton and in order to keep him, his contract has to reflect that.
Everton need Lukaku. He is one of the youngest members of an ageing squad and their most consistent striker. Yannick Bolasie is out for the rest of the season after a promising start to his Everton career while Arouna Kone has yet to start a Premier League game this season. Gerard Deulofeu is not a reliable goalscorer and neither is Enner Valencia who is currently on loan from West Ham.
Like Jermaine Defoe at Sunderland, Lukaku is Everton’s key player. He has scored 11 goals in 19 appearances so far this season and provided four assists. His most influential game was against Sunderland in September. The Black Cats were defending well against Everton but, with an hour played, Lukaku sprung into life and his 11-minute hat-trick secured the three points for Koeman’s side. Lukaku has the ability to grab games by the scruff of the neck and that is exactly what he did against Sunderland.
The Toffees finished 11th last season under Roberto Martinez. Even though their league position was disappointing, Lukaku has his best season in the Premier League. He scored 18 goals, provided six assists and was the third highest scorer, scoring one more goal than Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero whose team finished 4th.
Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to win titles and play Champions League football. At 23, there is still plenty of time for this to happen. Ronald Koeman has faith in Lukaku and recently described him as ‘a big part of Everton’s future’. He should stay at Everton for a few more years and work on being an even more consistent striker before moving on. Romelu Lukaku is one of the best strikers in the league but there is always room for improvement. When he does eventually leave Everton, they will have to spend a lot of money to replace him and even then they might not succeed.
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