COMMENT by Amir Mir

Everton manager Ronald Koeman claimed in November that striker Romelu Lukaku would need to leave the club, if he wants to fulfil his potential.

The 23-year-old signed for the the Merseyside club for a club-record fee of £28 million in July 2014 and he has gone on to impress the Goodison Park faithful.

If the Belgian were to be sold by the Toffees then it will leave a big hole within their team as they are heavily reliant on the powerful striker.

But Koeman should look up north for his replacement and at Celtic ace Moussa Dembele who has had a magnificent start to his career in Scotland.

The 20-year-old was a free transfer during the summer and he has since helped Brendan Rodgers side remain unbeaten in domestic competitions this term.

He has scored an impressive 17 goals in 30 games in all competitions, including hitting a hat-trick during the Old Firm derby in September.

Dembele’s ability to play up top on his own, hold the ball up and run past defenders are traits not too dissimilar to Lukaku which would make him the ideal replacement.

It would be difficult to lure the Frenchman away from Celtic Park, but if Lukaku is sold then he will no doubt be sold for double the amount the Toffees paid to buy him.

This would give Koeman the chance to buy the highly-rated youngster who can fire an inconsistent Everton side to success.

In other Everton news, former Celtic striker Chris Sutton believes this Toffees ace needs to prove himself.