By Amir Mir
Leon Osman believes Everton ace Romelu Lukaku doesn’t realise that it is “impossible” to improve a squad overnight.
Ronald Koeman stated on Thursday that Lukaku “must respect” his contract after the Belgian revealed that he would not be signing a new deal.
The club’s top scorer claimed that there were players the Merseyside outfit could have signed but didn’t which clearly frustrated the highly-rated 23-year-old powerhouse.
Lukaku has scored 19 Premier League goals this season, joint top-scorer with Tottenham frontman Harry Kane who is currently on the sidelines with an injury.
Nonetheless, Lukaku’s comments didn’t impress former Toffees midfielder Osman who delivered this no-holds-barred verdict.
“His thoughts should have been done in-house,” Osman told BBC Radio Five Live. “If he felt like that, he should be going to speak to the manager about it and expressing his concerns.
“By coming out into the press and doing it publicly, it’s not a good message for the club, it makes it sound like things aren’t going quite right. It also makes it feel like he is looking for a move away. He’s trying to stir the pot, that’s the way it seems.
“From a positive point of view, I’m hoping he’s trying to give people a little kick and say ‘this is what I want and hopefully we are going to raise the standard of players in the next few transfer windows’.
“I think what Lukaku doesn’t realise is that it is impossible to move as quickly as he seems to want. He’s saying ‘we could have had more players’, you cannot improve overnight as a squad, it takes three or four transfer windows.”
The biggest January signing by Everton was the addition of Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who signed for a fee of £20million.
During the summer, winger Yannick Bolasie was snapped up for a fee of £25million after he left Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.
The latter has since suffered a season-ending injury, while Schneiderlin scored his first goal for the club during their 3-0 win against West Brom last Saturday.
Nonetheless, Koeman has guided the Toffees to a respectable seventh in his debut campaign at the club and could secure a Europa League spot at the end of the season.
Lukaku’s presence up front has been a big part of that and fans will be hoping he can add to his goal tally against relegation strugglers Hull City on Saturday.
In other Everton news, four youngsters should start against Hull on Saturday.