Press Association “I want to win titles, not just be shadowing at the top,” he told Sport/Voetbal magazine. “I want to know how it feels to play in the big games. I’m 22. It’s time to win trophies.” Lukaku has scored 36 goals in 73 appearances for Everton but believes he would have had more had he played in a central role throughout those two seasons. He was regularly the Toffees’ lone front man, but on occasions he was utilised in a wider position as part of manager Roberto Martinez’s tactical plan. However, when the goals dried up as a result, Lukaku felt the need to speak to the manager about his form. “The coach is the boss but when I notice that something is not right then I say so simply,” he said. “I am a striker. At one point I went to the coach and I said to him ‘With all due respect, as winger I’m hopeless. I will only score goals if you put me up front’. “That was true. The games that I did not score I was on the flank. I played in the middle, then I scored.” Martinez has said often Lukaku has all the capabilities to be a world-class striker and has been impressed by how he has matured during his two years at Goodison Park. The 22-year-old’s first season at Goodison Park after a £28million move from Chelsea fell well short of the previous campaign he spent on loan with the Toffees when they challenged for Champions League qualification. And despite 20 goals, including being the joint-top scorer in the Europa League, the Belgium international wants to be involved in big games. Everton striker Romelu Lukaku’s insistence he wants to win trophies and will not settle for “shadowing” the top sides is likely to put a number of clubs on alert.
Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has announced that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18. April 26, 2020 The Latest: Italy sets May 18 return for soccer training Premier League club Everton says it is “appalled” striker Moise Kean flouted the British coronavirus pandemic lockdown restrictions by partying at home with guests.The Italian filmed himself breaching social distancing regulations and is set to face disciplinary action. The Daily Mirror newspaper says the video was posted to friends on social networking site Snapchat.Everton says it was “appalled to learn of an incident in which a first team player ignored government guidance and club policy in relation to the coronavirus crisis. The club has strongly expressed its disappointment to the player and made it clear that such actions are completely unacceptable.”The northwest England club says it has been stressing to staff the importance of following government rules to help the National Health Service deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.The 20-year-old Kean has failed to impress in his debut season in England, scoring just once in 26 games for Everton. The Premier League has been suspended since last month.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The move means that the Serie A soccer league could resume playing games in June.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.Twelve rounds remain in Serie A, plus four other games that were postponed from the 25th round. The Italian Cup was suspended after the first leg of the semifinals.Conte also said that athletes in individual sports can resume training on May 4.___
Samuel Inkoom is expecting much more of a challenge from Sudan than Ghana faced in the reverse fixture in Kumasi back March of this year.Ghana, chasing a third consecutive appearance at the World Cup finals claimed a 4-0 home win against Sudan in the Group D qualifying of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.With three more matches to complete the second round stage of matches, Inkoom, who is making a return to the Black Stars after a long absence expects a tough test in Omdurman on Friday when Ghana plays Sudan.“Every player wants to show something and prove to the coach that he is good. The most important thing is that we need to stay focused, listen to the coach and keep on working hard,” Inkoom said at Ghana’s training camp in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.“I believe this team. I have trust in my colleagues. It’s not going to be easy. We have been there twice. But I believe that we are going to beat them.”The Black Stars are just one point adrift leaders, Zambia on the log with the side that finishes top, advancing to the third round stage. For Inkoom and his colleagues despite a long and busy club campaign in their various leagues abroad, sacrificing to put smiles on the faces of Ghanaians means so much to them.“Everybody knows we have a big game ahead of us which is against Sudan and Lesotho. We need to sacrifice for our nation as well. Our leagues are over and we need to come and see the family and it’s not easy at all.“It’s our nation, we need to put everything aside. If the nation is happy, we are also happy. We need to sacrifice for our nation because football is different in every country. It brings a lot of people together so we need to sacrifice,” the defender said.After the game with Sudan, the Black Stars travel to Johannesburg on 9th June and will train in the South African capital for four days before departing to Maseru for the match against Lesotho.