Everton FC fans will not turn on Lukaku, insists Koeman

Posted March 19, 2017

Earlier in the week the Belgium worldwide told the club he would not be signing a new £140,000-a-week contract that would make him the best-paid player in their history as he questioned whether they had the ability to reach the Champions League.

Romelu Lukaku ended a week in which he turned down a lucrative new contract offer with two goals as Everton beat 10-man Hull City to move level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal.

It was nearly a surprise when Tom Davies stole in and centered the ball early in the game and Lukaku wasn't even in the box and youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin slotted home.

"If the player shows his commitment in his football, then everybody can make mistakes".

Lukaku's comments angered Koeman, but the Dutchman knew only too well dropping the Premier League's top-scorer would amount to cutting off his nose to spite his face.

It's now just seven points dropped in the last ten games for Everton, with seven wins since the turn of the year as they - possibly temporarily - move up into sixth place in the Premier League table.

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Their first game back after the worldwide break is away to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Saturday, 1 April (12:30 BST). It appears as if the Belgian striker will leave Goodison Park after the season.

The former Chelsea forward then added further gloss to a convincing victory in the final minute of stoppage-time, calmly rounding Eldin Jakupovic before nudging home after slack play from Omar Elabdellaoui as Everton eased into the top six. Lukaku has scored 19 goals in 27 games this term.

But the £28m club-record signing revealed this week he won't be signing a bumper new £130,000-a-week contract. It was his first start since early January after injury.

Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone was controversially sent off for a foul on Idrissa Gueye in the second half and Everton ran riot in the closing stages.

It released the pressure building up on the hosts, who quickly added the second to finally kill off the game before Lukaku stole the spotlight once again.