Ronald Koeman: This is how Everton fans will react to Romelu Lukaku
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Mar 19, 2017,
Mar 19, 2017, 0:58
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has questioned whether the English Premier League club shares his ambition to challenge for major honors and says he wants to be "remembered by winning trophies", not just for scoring goals.
In the end Lukaku was afforded a rapturous reception from the Toffees supporters, particularly when his two late goals put the seal on a sixth successive home Premier League win.
He is the first Everton player to score more 20 or more league goals in a season since Gary Lineker banged in 30 in the 1985-86 season.
It released the pressure building up on the hosts, who quickly added the second to finally kill off the game before Lukaku stole the spotlight once again.
"The fans love Rom". Then you realise it's no problem. "We killed the game perfectly", the Dutchman said.
Asked if if hopes he can keep hold of Lukaku, the Everton boss told BBC Sport: 'You need to have hope in life!
"It is hard to always keep that momentum at home but we'd like to do it".
Everton have been enjoying a successful campaign this season but with the potential loss of Lukaku and his crucial goals, a worthy replacement is much needed.
Whatever the Belgium striker decides, the future looks healthy for Everton with several young gems emerging. Everybody knows you can't do this in one year, it takes time.
Barkley's piercing through-ball inside wing-back Andrew Robertson picked out Tom Davies, timing his run perfectly, and his low cross was side-footed home by Calvert-Lewin, who has emerged from the under-23s this season after arriving from Sheffield United in 2016.
The result pushes Ronald Koeman's side above Manchester United in sixth while Marco Silva's men find themselves three points adrift in 18th.
"He scored his first goal but it's a whole team performance that matters". Whether they are 18 or 35, the best will start and he has been great.