It's hard to replace Lukaku, Everton Boss Koeman says

It's hard to replace Lukaku, Everton Boss Koeman says

It's hard to replace Lukaku, Everton Boss Koeman says

They are tasked with the giant responsibility of replacing Romelu Lukaku.

Everton's net spend is, in fact, still barely over £1 million, although £50 million-rated Gyfli Sigurdsson, and another big-name striker, would greatly increase that figure if Koeman signs them before the window closes.

"Probably the only chance that Everton created in the first half was the quality ball that they put into the box for you know who. We can improve and spend money but everyone can improve is spending money".

Signed for £13m four years ago, speculation surrounds his future with strong competition for places in the Everton midfield.

He helped start the move that resulted in the winning goal with some neat link-up play with Idrissa Gueye and Sandro Ramirez, before showing all that experience to peel away in the area and guide a free header into the opposite corner. "If we have all the players we want, and have Bolasie and Coleman back, then it's a totally different picture", Koeman said.

"They are notoriously slow starters though, and I don't see that changing".

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"To replace Lukaku is really hard". "I don't say "impossible" but 25 goals is a lot".

"We need a couple more players if we can, we're hopeful in that regard, but we're not unlike any of the other clubs in and around us so we'll try and make that happen", he added. Most of the buildup play was directed down Calvert-Lewin's side, which meant that Baines and Davy Klaassen in particular had trouble getting into the flow of the match.

Mark Hughes has warned his Stoke side not to get dazzled in the spotlight of the Rooney show.

The Everton fans have been brilliant since the news of my return was announced.

"It's not an easy fixture under any circumstances".

Hopefully, now I can start to repay them with good performances and goals as we all strive to take the club to the next level. "Maybe we can capitalise on that".

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