Ronald Koeman lays down the law to Romelu Lukaku
- Author: Loretta Pittman Mar 19, 2017,
Mar 19, 2017, 0:32
A late Romelu Lukaku double and an Enner Valencia strike securing a convincing win for Everton, which will be remembered especially fondly by academy product Calvert-Lewin. I spoke to Rom this morning and I know it is hard but if you are a player prepare yourself to play good and score goals.
The Toffees had been confident the Belgium worldwide would sign a new five-year deal thought to be worth around £140,000 a week.
The 23-year-old Barkley is a product of the Everton youth development system.
However, there was no doubting his commitment to the cause on the pitch as his 20th and 21st goals of the season, both in stoppage time, made him the first Everton striker to reach that tally since Gary Lineker in the 1986-86 season.
Lukaku, who recently became the Toffees' all-time top Premier League scorer with 62 goals, has been linked with his former club Chelsea.
However, for almost 80 minutes an unconvincing performance against relegation strugglers appeared to be adding weight to the striker's argument. "We're in a good position in this project and you don't sell your best players". "Of course we like to keep our best players and we will do the maximum to keep these players but the final decision will be with the player himself".
Meanwhile, Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is facing "several weeks" out after suffering a calf injury against Hull.
And Koeman, who is in his first year at the Goodison helm, believes his team can improve upon this season's encouraging results.
Everton now sit seventh in the Premier League table, two points behind Manchester United though the Old Trafford club have two games in hand.