Romelu Lukaku wants 'top club' - should Tottenham make a summer move?

Romelu Lukaku and Jan Vertonghen Belgium

The Everton striker reportedly interested Tottenham Hotspur last year...

Much has been made of Romelu Lukaku being quoted as saying by The Sun: "I just want to grow as a player and eventually arrive at a top club again.”

Whether the Everton striker said those exact words or not only he will know. If accurate, the man Everton signed for £28 million has done the club a disservice, arguably showing both disloyalty and disrespect.

But, if that's how Lukaku feels, he could be back on the market come the summer.

The Toffees may want to make an example of the Belgian and force him to see out his contract yet, if they feel someone whose mind is potentially elsewhere isn't worth keeping, he becomes fair game.

Should this be of interest to Tottenham?

Lukaku had been linked with a move to Spurs by the Daily Telegraph among others last year, before eventually opting to join the side he was on loan at (Everton).

But could the 21-year-old now fit the bill perfectly to play alongside Harry Kane?

  Goals (per game)AssistsChances CreatedFinal-third PasseHeaders WonDribbles WonAppearancesMinutes Played
Harry Kane 0.62 0.14 0.81 8.38 1.38 1.43 21 1,431
Christian Eriksen 0.36 0.04 2.36 17 0.64 1.4 25 2,079
Nacer Chadli 0.32 0.23 1.27 9.86 0.77 1 22 1,456
Romelu Lukaku 0.28 0.08 0.84 7.92 1.52 1.16 25 1,988
Kevin Mirallas 0.26 0.05 0.74 8.05 0.16 1.05 19 1,065
Emmanuel Adebayor 0.18 0.09 1.09 8.27 2 0.82 11 797
Andros Townsend 0.11 0.11 0.67 6 0.11 0.22 9 382
Roberto Soldado 0.06 0.06 0.5 4.19 0.44 0.13 16 657

Opta data is inconclusive but what we can say is that Lukaku has averaged more goals per game this season than any Tottenham player bar their top three scorers. That's taking into account he has been below par for plenty of the campaign, as well as the fact he has played out wide.

The Belgian also fares well in terms of dribbles and, naturally, in the air. He doesn't quite win as many headers per game as Emmanuel Adebayor but that raises an interesting issue.

Considering the fact that Mauricio Pochettino has looked keen to play Adebayor at times this term (often against what has seemed like every shred of common sense he may have), Lukaku could be a significant - younger - upgrade on the Togolese target man in several other key areas.

The 21-year-old also compares favourably to another Everton man Spurs have been linked with in Kevin Mirallas.

Of course, there is the not so small issue of what could be a sizeable transfer fee, as well as questions about Lukaku's attitude - if he doesn't consider Everton a 'top club,' what would he think of the north London side?

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