Everton Knew Lukaku Would Leave From March, Reveals BBC Reporter

General view outside the stadium before the match.

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After making a promising start to Premier League, Everton have lost track in the recent games. In their latest match, they were humiliated in a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Manchester United – the team their former striker Romelu Lukaku has signed for.

The Belgian has been on fire ever since he joined Manchester United in the summer transfer window, and the 24-year-old even managed to score against his former employers, and also teased the Everton fans with a cheeky celebration.

Many pundits believe that the Toffees have failed to replace Lukaku, which is one of the reasons behind their recent downfall. However, according to Phil McNulty, a BBC reporter, Everton knew back in the month of March that their prized striker would be leaving for greener pastures.

The reporter wrote on his twitter: “Everton knew from March Lukaku was almost certain to leave. Huge collective managerial failure to not replace him.”

Everton's Romelu Lukaku.

Reuters / Craig Brough

McNulty has blamed new Everton boss Ronald Koeman for failing to replace a player of Lukaku’s caliber. The reporter also resonated with Mourinho’s claims that Everton should be aiming for a top four finish with the amount they have spent.

“Mischievous maybe but not sure Mourinho said too much wrong about Everton/Koeman having to have top four aspirations. He’s just spent £130m,” McNulty added.

Koeman is facing the tough task of taking Everton out of the pit they seem to be falling in lately. The Dutchman has come under criticism for spending a huge amount and failing to deliver the desired outcomes, and the Everton board is surely concerned with the latest slump at their club.

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Written by Shorya Panwar  

Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.


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