Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Leon Osman blasts Everton contract rebel Romelu Lukaku

BBC reports that Lukaku started the week by turning down the most lucrative contract offer in Everton's history before ending it at the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts.

Lukaku added that despite the club's progress under major shareholder Farhad Moshiri and manager Ronald Koeman, Everton had failed in its pursuit of several transfer targets.

"They love Rom", Koeman told Sky Sports. "This lad might be able to play at the top", was Keith Briggs's assessment of the teenager's contribution then. If he gets that space he will punish the opposition and that's one of his big qualities.

Earlier this week, the Belgium worldwide openly questioned Everton's ambitions and admitted he wants to be playing for a club in the Champions League.

What is the point exchanging that for a season where you would play less?

Dominic Calvert-Lewin finished off a fine Everton move after eight minutes to slot home his first top-flight goal.

The Tigers then received a hammer blow when Tom Huddlestone was given his marching orders after flying into Idrissa Gueye with a unsafe challenge.

"We kept the momentum. But the final result didn't reflect what happened on the pitch", Koeman said.

"The decision of the referee about the red card was too harsh I believe".

"But I think everybody needs to understand ambitions, and his situation I tried to explain - he's a professional player and his commitment maybe looks different because of two or three quotes in the press but he is young and we can see these things".

His double on Saturday, with both goals in added time, may not have been the decisive factor in putting the Toffees level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal, but it at least showed his professionalism can not be called into question.

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