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Belgian would be great fit to replace compatriot at Everton

| 27.03.2014

In an ideal world, Everton boss Roberto Martinez would be able to purchase top scorer Romelu Lukaku from parent club Chelsea, when the Belgian’s loan expires at the end of the season.

If Everton manage to cap a fine campaign with a top-four finish – something they’re encouragingly priced at 9/2 to achieve – then persuading the prolific striker to stay will be a darned sight easier.

However, after yet another season putting himself in the shop window it would be no great surprise to see some of Europe’s top clubs come in for Lukaku, if Chelsea don’t end up finally seeing sense and including him in their plans for next season.

If the Toffees are to lose their 13-goal man, then the news that Christian Benteke could be getting itchy feet once more at Aston Villa should be sweet sounding music to Martinez’s ears.

Despite Benteke signing a new Villa deal last summer until 2017, his agent has hinted that the 23-year-old may have some decisions to make on his future after playing in the World Cup finals in Brazil.

His agent Eric Kismet said: “He wants to get ready for the World Cup. For the future, there is time. Currently it is too early to talk about it.”

Benteke may have endured a tough second season at Villa Park, where he’s failed to hit the heights of that maiden 23-goal campaign, though he has been blighted by injuries and still shown flashes of his tremendous ability with 11 goals in all competitions.

A similar player to Lukaku in both stature and style, Benteke would seamlessly fit into the Martinez system at Goodison Park.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.