Romelu Lukaku made it crystal clear last month that he wants to leave Everton in the summer in order to boost his chances of winning silverware.
The ambitious 23-year-old undoubtedly has the talent to play for one of the Premier League’s top clubs - he currently sits top of the goalscoring charts, two ahead of Tottenham’s Harry Kane on 21 for the season - but he must be aware that, following his come-and-get-me plea to the big boys, every match he plays is now basically an audition ahead of a potential big-money summer move.
However, Lukaku failed to make an impact during the Merseyside derby on Saturday afternoon, as the Toffees slumped to a disappointing 3-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
And he didn’t exactly set Old Trafford alight as Everton drew 1-1 with Manchester United on Tuesday night.
Two failed auditions, some might argue.
So, it’s perhaps no surprise that he was frustrated following the late goal Everton conceded.
Luke Shaw’s shot was handballed by Everton defender Ashley Williams, who was shown a straight red card by referee Neil Swarbrick. United were awarded a spot-kick from which Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored and Ronald Koeman’s side had just spurned the opportunity to leapfrog Arsenal into sixth position.
Lukaku and Williams clash during the match
Before that, Lukaku and Williams clashed on the pitch as Everton protected their 1-0 lead.
And football fans on Twitter were left stunned by Lukaku’s ‘disrespectful’ gesture towards his senior teammate.
Watch it here…
According to the Daily Mail, Williams was urging Lukaku to work harder off the ball - and as you can see, the Belgium international didn’t appreciate the advice.
Gareth Barry even had to hold Williams back.
Lukaku's gesture stuns Twitter
Here’s how Twitter has reacted…
BT Sport pundits comment on the incident
The BT Sport pundits all had their say after the final whistle.
“It’s a lack of respect and without that in the dressing room we have nothing,” Keown was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “He is the most experienced player, Ashley Williams, in terms of how long he’s played and he should be listening to him.”
Keown continued: “I wonder what was going on in that dressing room because I think there is bit of an undercurrent with Lukaku and Ashley Williams.
“And I saw moments on the pitch when Lukaku is saying (holds his finger to his mouth) ‘keep your mouth shut’.
“When he (Williams) gets sent off I would love to be in that dressing room to find out what's happening. Ashley Williams played very well tonight and Lukaku, you have to understand, that brotherly love of ‘I’m doing my best for you.’
“But you wonder there if there is the makings of a bit of anger going because Lukaku is not holding on to that ball at times well enough, his decision making isn't quite good enough but he wants to point the fingers at the defenders when they don't do their job properly. It's quite healthy, let's be fair.”
Rio Ferdinand has his say…
“I like to see the passion and arguing between team-mates, there probably wasn't many games in our careers when we didn't have an argument with a team-mate over holding the ball up or getting the defensive line up,” said Ferdinand.
“At the end of the day Ashley Williams has handballed the ball but you can see he's doing it for the right reasons.”
Here’s what Ian Wright thought…
“You saw Lukaku shushing (sic) him,” Wright interjected. “We've all had arguments with the forwards because they're not holding it up and your not getting a breather and you shout back and swear and say whatever you say but for him to 'shh' him like that, that's the kind of thing where you go in the dressing room and it's disrespectful.
“You feel like ‘don't shush me’ we're talking about an experienced defender and Ashley is obviously saying something of note. We know that he (Lukaku) is a big player in that dressing room because he scores the goals but Ashley Williams is saying something and he's shushing (sic) him - it doesn't look good.”News Now - Sport News