Koeman wasn’t able to replace Lukaku, said Reid

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Former Everton midfielder Peter Reid thinks that not replacing Romelu Lukaku properly was the biggest reason of Ronald Koeman’s failure and his further sack and the missing replacement might cause some big problems for Everton.

Peter Reid, who played 159 times for the club, said that from his point of view there was no other option than sacking Koeman and he is sure that the biggest reason for that was the fact the Dutchman wasn’t able to bring a finisher similar to Romelu Lukaku.

The former Everton player said, according to Sky Sports: “I think it was about a year ago Evertonians and the club knew that Lukaku was going. Now, if I’m the manager my priority is to get a striker in. I don’t care who’s doing the buying, who’s doing the selling, if Lukaku goes the first one in is a striker. Everton didn’t do it. I think [Jordan] Pickford the goalkeeper has been brilliant. Apart from that I think the others have had a bit of a struggle but Lukaku had to be replaced by a top-quality striker.”

He blames both Koeman and the club officials for this mistake: “The football club didn’t do it and it was a big, big mistake in my opinion.”

Reid is also aware of the fact that his former side have to fight to avoid relegation now and it’s going to be a difficult task: “For me it’s got to be sooner rather than later because we are in a relegation fight now. When you are bottom of that league and the pressure is on and confidence isn’t there you need a manager, you need a fresh outlook, you need more enthusiasm. Don’t ask me for names because I am hopeless at anything like that but it has got to be soon.”