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The media campaign to sell Romelu Lukaku seems to have reached fever pitch as Trinity Mirror owned outlets release story after story to compliment the Daily Mail’s campaign against an EU migrant earning megabucks in the UK.
But Evertonians won’t fall for it no matter what kind of spin they put on the quotes to create completely inaccurate headlines.
Lukaku received his warmest reception of the season at Goodison Park before he bagged a brace in the 4-0 win over Hull City, showing that Everton fans can read beyond the clickbait headlines that mainstream media outlets are producing to save their jobs.
His celebrations showed that Evertonians’ love of Lukaku is not unrequited too. The Belgian leapt into the air infront of the Gwladys Street and blew kisses to the fans who have expressed the same kind of concerns over Everton’s transfer activity as the Belgian did at the start of last week.
He even handed his shirt to a young fan at the end of the game in a show of mutual appreciation that will have sent heads west all over Fleet Street, or whatever grubby little back bedroom these hacks work out of these days.
Lukaku’s comments were measured, and it’s no secret that he wants to play in the Champions League, but then again, he also said he wants to be remembered by Evertonians in the same way we think of our teams of the 60’s and 80’s. We want to remember this team in that same way too.
But the media’s take has been nothing short of a campaign of hate. They hate that “plucky little” Everton have a player who tops the scoring charts and looks set to stay at the top right until the end of the season. They can’t stand the fact that a team they have looked down their noses at for far too long are starting to show signs of a resurgence. They can’t handle the fact that we could soon look to further cement our place as one of the most successful clubs in English football.
Everton aren’t allowed nice things it seems.
But we should always allow ourselves to enjoy the nice things we get, and Lukaku is no different. His goals yesterday, and the celebrations that went with them were glossed over all-too quickly by the increasingly irrelevant Match of the Day, with former Chelsea and Southampton fop Graeme Le Saux even claiming that the Belgian could move to Liverpool in the summer. Maybe he decided halfway through the show that punditry wasn’t for him and wanted to make sure the producers never asked him back?
Whether Lukaku believes that he can achieve his ambition of Champions League football or not, there is no doubting that he is loving his time at Goodison Park. He shares the frustrations of the fans that last summer’s transfer window wasn’t the free spending supermarket sweep that some of us expected, but he also shares the delight when Everton climb the table and continue the free scoring routs that have become the norm at Goodison Park in 2017.
Long may it continue.