Lukaku scores twice for Everton after rejecting new deal

19 March, 2017, 01:18 | Author: Felix Jensen

Asked if Lukaku will face a backlash from anxious Everton fans when the Toffees host Hull on Saturday, Koeman told English newspapers: "I don't think so because we need the support - every player who is starting needs the support".

The Belgian is the Premier League's leading scorer with 21 goals.

"You need to have hope in life!"

"The fans love Rom".

The Belgium global is the first Everton player to score 20 or more goals in a single season in Premier League history.

The Toffees had been confident the Belgium worldwide would sign a new five-year deal thought to be worth around £140,000 a week.

If Everton's position in the table matched their form as the best in the division since the turn of the year, perhaps Lukaku would reconsider his stance on the thorny issue of contractual commitment, having announced this week that he will not sign a new one.

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He did, however, finally produce a significant contribution with a lobbed assist for Valencia to score Everton's 78th-minute second within a minute of coming off the bench before confidently beating Jakupovic twice in added time.

Bournemouth have seen a bid rejected for Ake after a successful loan spell at Dean Court earlier this season.

"He is a professional and every professional gives the best for the club, the players, for everybody". However, it looked to be a harsh decision from the replay.

Everton suffered a setback when midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin was forced off with an injury in the 30th minute. But the final result didn't reflect what happened on the pitch.

Hull remain in the relegation zone and Marco Silva's team are three points from safety with nine games left to beat the drop.

The win puts Everton tantalisingly close to the top four, five points behind Liverpool with the Merseyside derby at Anfield up next after the global break.

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