By Dominic Toner
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has suggested that Romelu Lukaku could go on to play for Barcelona – and the club’s supporters are furious on Twitter with his comments.
Lukaku, 23, is widely regarded as the best player at Goodison Park and is popular with supporters.
Koeman has praised the ability of his forward and claimed he could play at a bigger club in his career.
“I think he can emulate Patrick Kluivert, who also rose to prominence at a young age and enjoyed a fantastic career,” Koeman told Dutch newspaper HLN.be. “He eventually played for Barcelona and I can see Lukaku doing the same.
“Everton should normally not be the end for him. Romelu will not have made the most of his career if he plays for Everton for the remainder of his career.”
The club’s supporters expressed their anger with Koeman’s comments and feel he has made a huge mistake.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Koeman was appointed the Everton manager in the summer and manager to keep Belgian forward Lukaku at the club.
Lukaku completed a £28million move to Goodison Park in 2014 from Chelsea and has certainly justified the large price tag.
He has made 138 appearances across all competitions since his arrival and scored an impressive 68 goals in return.
Koeman has used Lukaku as his first-choice forward this season and he has made 11 appearances, scoring seven goals and supplying four assists.
In other Everton news, Roy Keane has delivered a withering put-down of the club’s training methods.