Lukaku must leave Ever­ton to ful­fil po­ten­tial: Koe­man

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Ever­ton striker Romelu Lukaku will have to leave Ever­ton to re­alise his full po­ten­tial, his man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man said yes­ter­day. The 23-year-old Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional joined the Premier League club on loan from Chelsea in 2013 be­fore mak­ing the move per­ma­nent in an Ever­ton record 28 mil­lion-pound ($34.8 mil­lion) deal in 2014.

Bri­tish me­dia re­ported that Lukaku asked for a trans­fer this year but he re­mained at Good­i­son Park and has scored seven league goals this sea­son. “His po­ten­tial is greater and higher than Ever­ton as a fi­nal des­ti­na­tion,” Koe­man told Bel­gian news­pa­per HLN. “If Romelu was to play at Ever­ton un­til the end of his ca­reer I know he has left some­thing be­hind,” the Dutch­man added. “I gave him con­fi­dence and he has him­self recog­nised that it was good for his de­vel­op­ment to play an­other year at Ever­ton. What af­ter this sea­son comes, no-one knows.” Koe­man likened the pow­er­ful Lukaku to for­mer Nether­lands striker Pa­trick Kluiv­ert who he coached at Barcelona. “Kluiv­ert was also a striker who was quite young when he was in the pic­ture and had a fan­tas­tic ca­reer. Even­tu­ally, Kluiv­ert played for Barcelona which could hap­pen with Lukaku,” Koe­man said.

“Lukaku can hold a ball and be a tar­get man and be­cause he is tall and phys­i­cally strong, you can play di­rectly with the long ball.” Lukaku, who started his ca­reer with An­der­lecht be­fore join­ing Chelsea in 2011, has scored 17 goals in 52 in­ter­na­tion­als. — Reuters

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