Former Everton star Andrei Kanchelskis has told bwin.com that he is pleased to see striker Romelu Lukaku break his goal record for the Toffees.
Kanchelskis, now 47, joined Everton from Manchester United back in 1995, and hit a superb 16 goals in his first season with the club, but he was sold on to Fiorentina in January 1997.
The Ukrainian-Russian had long held the record, alongside striker Tony Cottee, for scoring the most goals for Everton in a Premier League campaign with 16.
However, that record was recently broken by striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian international has now hit 18 goals this season, and with ten games left this season, he has the chance to go far past 20 goals, and set a huge new record for the club.
Kanchelskis' joint-record stood for almost 20 years, and now he has commented on the fact that Lukaku has now surpassed his goal tally.
The former playmaker has told bwin.com that he is 'very pleased' to see Lukaku score so many goals, and believes Everton fans deserve to see such an impressive striker.
Kanchelskis also believes that Lukaku can go over 20 goals this season, before joking that his record remains more impressive because he was a midfielder, whilst Lukaku is a centre forward.
"Nobody likes to see their own record broken, but that’s what they’re there or and every season the standard of football rises, so you have to expect it," Kanchelskis. "I’m very pleased for Romelu, he’s a fantastic player and Everton deserve a great goal scorer like him."
"He has the ability to hit over 20 goals a season, so that should be his target this term and next. Finally, I’d like to point out that Lukaku is an out-and-out striker, so I’m still the top scoring midfielder! I loved my time at Everton. There was a really great atmosphere around the club and the fans were great with me, even though I came from Manchester!" he added.
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