BBC pundit: This Everton player cannot replace Lukaku's goals
By Aramide Oladipo
BBC pundit Alan Shearer is convinced that Everton summer signing Wayne Rooney does not have the ability to replace Romelu Lukaku’s goals on Merseyside.
Lukaku, 24, completed a permanent deal to Old Trafford whilst Rooney, 32, left Manchester to return to Goodison Park during the summer transfer window.
The Belgian has enjoyed a wonderful start to his United career, notching up a total of 10 Premier League goals – three more than the Toffees have managed to score in the competition this season.
Writing in his column for the official Coral website, Shearer believes that Everton have struggled in Lukaku’s absence and he is not confident that Rooney is the answer to their problems in front of goal.
“However, for all their transfer activity, I do think the single biggest reason for their problems this season was that they didn’t replace Lukaku, who had everything they’re lacking,” he wrote.
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“They brought in Wayne Rooney but he wasn’t the player to fill that role, not anymore.
“It would be unrealistic to say that they could go and sign a like for like replacement, but they had to try and get somebody in who could give them a focal point to their attack, and score the all important goals.”
Despite Everton’s poor start to the season, new recruit Rooney is currently the club’s top goalscorer with five strikes to his name.
The former England international scored a stunning goal last weekend but the Toffees suffered a humiliating 5-2 home defeat at the hands of Arsenal.
The Merseyside club currently find themselves in the bottom three of the league table with just eight points from nine matches, conceding 18 goals in the process.
Everton will travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City on Sunday afternoon in their first league match since Ronald Koeman was sacked as manager.
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