Former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku’s first interview as a Manchester Untied player shows the reason why most Evertonians aren’t bothered he has left the club.
The former Chelsea striker just never “got” Everton.
Sitting just outside a police station in Los Angeles after his United medical, Lukaku spoke of how now is the time to work hard and praised Manchester United fans for being the best.
You can understand a player joining a new club wanting to get his new fans onside early on, although that’s the first time in his career he’s worried about being onside quickly, but “now is the time to work hard“?
That’s the attitude that means Evertonians are mostly glad that the whole “Lukaku thing” this summer is over. Goals are replaceable and Everton have history for replacing high profile goalscorers and doing well – everyone said we’d be lost without Gary Lineker’s goals. Then we won the league the season he left.
It’s the genuine belief that a high profile striker can pick and choose when he works hard that has earned him a reputation as a flat-track bully that has left Evertonians ambivalent to his whereabouts. It’s this attitude that will quickly see Manchester United fans tire of his lazy approach to some games and his god-awful first touch at times.
On his day, Lukaku is every inch the £100m striker, and without his goals over the last three years Everton would have been in trouble, there’s no doubt about it.
We will miss his goals, and we wish him well, but we’re made up that it’s all over and done with and we don’t have to watch him give the ball away and then cry about for it for ten minutes anymore.
Onwards and upwards Everton.
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