Ian Wright blasts Everton star after incident in draw v Manchester United
By Harvey Byrne
Ian Wright has blasted Everton star Romelu Lukaku after an incident between the striker and teammate Ashley Williams in Tuesday evening’s draw against Manchester United.
The Toffees were held to a 1-1 draw against the Manchester giants at Old Trafford in the midweek fixture with a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty needed to cancel out a first half Phil Jagielka goal after Williams saw a red card.
Many associated with Everton will see the result as a good one, but the match was not without it’s talking points and one of the main ones was Lukaku shushing teammate Williams after the centre-back appeared to be having a go at the powerful Belgium.
Now, former striker Wright may have been sympathetic to a player who also shares the position he once starred in, but the outspoken pundit believes it was not a wise move from the Everton key man.
“You have arguments with the forwards because they’re not holding it up and you’re not getting a breather,” started Wright speaking on BT Sport on Tuesday evening after the match.
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“But, you’ll shout back, you’ll swear at them. You say whatever you’ll say, but for him to shush him like that, that’s the kind of thing where you go into the dressing room and you’re going to……
“You just feel like ‘don’t shush me in front of people like that’ if you know what I mean. We’re talking about an experienced defender. Ashley’s obviously saying something of note.
“You get the impression there Martin (Keown) that when you say can’t talk to him, we get the impression that he’s a big player in that dressing room because he scores the goals, but Ashley Williams is saying something to him and he’s shushing him. It doesn’t look good.”
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Williams has been a part of the Everton setup since the summer after joining Ronald Koeman in Merseyside from Premier League rivals Swansea.
Meanwhile, Lukaku, 23, has been at the Toffees since 2013, but there is growing doubts over his future at the club as he enters the final two years of his contract.
Both players are likely to have big voices in the club’s dressing room and fans will be hoping the pair put this incident quickly behind them as the club attempts a top six finish.
In other Everton news, Rio Ferdinand has also had his say on the incident.