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No one should blame Lukaku and Barkley for wanting to quit Everton

Seeing Everton stutter at 12th place in the league, it is really hard to believe that Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley are still playing there. For all their goals and assists this season, they have failed to lift Everton’s season.

Everton have resisted every temptation to sell their prized assets in last 12 months but The Toffees could find that even harder now with Roberto Martinez sacked and things looking a bit gloomy for the Merseyside club.

The upcoming transfer window will attract a lot of interest in both Lukaku and Barkley as the duo have proved their mettle in a struggling side and promise to get even better playing for a more fine tuned team.

Lukaku has scored 25 goals this season which is the highest for his short but very impressive career in English fotball. As for Barkley, he has managed 14 goals and 5 assists this season to further justify the claims of the being one of the best English midfielders right now.

Manchester United and Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for the duo and if the players press to seal their Goodison Park exit, no one should blame them. At present, Everton’s future seems to be heading down a dark tunnel where no one is quite sure of club’s ambitions next season.

Despite Frank De Boer’s name linked with the vacant manager’s role at Goodison Park, it may take time for Everton to restore their lost identity. Under David Moyes, Toffees were known as one of the most fierce teams who did not give an inch to their opponents, however, Roberto Martinez ruined it after three disappointing years in charge.

Regardless of who takes over from Martinez or where does the club head in coming months, one thing is certain that Lukaku and Barkley may not stick around to oversee those changes. Sources close to the club suggest that the duo have their hearts set on an exit this summer and are assessing their options closely.

Both Lukaku and Barkley will be a key influence for their national teams at the upcoming Euro 2016 which will take their stocks to an all-time high. Everton can do very little to keep hold of their stars and perhaps in everyone’s best interest they should cash-in on Lukaku ad Barkley and build their future with players who are prepared for fight for the team’s cause.

Perhaps few months ago John Stones would have been on that list as well, however, after his recent dip in form Stones is no longer the player who could justify a £30-40million transfer fee. Whether that would prevent teams from putting an offer for Stones or not, we shall wait and see how that pans out.

At present, it does seem like that Everton will fail to keep hold of Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and even John Stones. If that is the case this summer then fans should not blame these players for quitting on the club rather they should be gutted to see how far their club has fallen and these young stars just outgrew Everton and deserve to play somewhere else.

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