Steve Round comments on how Romelu Lukaku would have helped David Moyes' Everton, has warning for Belgian striker

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The Belgian striker has admitted he wants Champions League football.

Everton have been dealt a blow this week as it becomes increasingly apparent that the club’s record signing Romelu Lukaku desires a move to a Champions League team for next season.

It comes after comments from both the player and his agent this week and Everton will surely be fearing his potential summer exit.

Lukaku has been sensational for Everton this season but it has not helped the club in the league, where they currently sit in the bottom half of the table.

One former Everton assistant manager believes that Lukaku is right to want Champions League football and that he should be fighting for it with Everton. Steve Round told Sky Sports News HQ on Friday (01/04/16):

“He wants to go and play Champions (League) football and he should be realising that ambition with Everton. It is a club this season that should be pushing on and knocking on the Champions League door and it has not quite happened for them.

“You can understand why he would want to leave and go on to a bigger club. But there is a lot of players who have said that, they leave Everton, and they never do so well.

“Everton is a great football club that should be up there and challenging. He should be challenging with them.”

There is no doubt that this current Everton team is underachieving, especially compared to the overachievers that Round had with David Moyes during his time at Goodison Park.

He also told Sky of his belief that if Lukaku was in that team Champions League football would have been the norm:

“I think in my time, if we’d have had a Lukaku in the team, we would have finished in the Champions League maybe three out of the five years I was there

“He is that influential as a goalscorer, he scores that many important goals, he’s a terrific footballer.”

Lukaku has scored an impressive 25 goals for Everton this season in all competitions – but despite excelling in the domestic cups the club’s inconsistency in the Premier League means they currently sit in 12th position, 13 points off the top four.

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