Romelu Lukaku has been accused of “disrespecting” Everton teammate Ashley Williams by ‘shushing’ him during the 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
Lukaku played the full 90 minutes as Everton battled to a draw against Old Trafford on Tuesday.
At one point during the game, the striker was seen dismissing Williams after the centre-half implored him to work harder off the ball.
Martin Keown and Ian Wright, speaking on BT Sport, admonished the Belgian for his actions.
“It’s a lack of respect and without that in the dressing room we have nothing,” Keown said.
“He is the most experienced player, Ashley Williams, in terms of how long he’s played and he should be listening to him.
“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’.
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“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.”
Arsenal legend Wright voiced similar concerns.
“You saw Lukaku shushing him,” he said. “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 shush 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 him – it doesn’t look good.”