Following a week where the English Premier League’s leading scorer, Romelu Lukaku, signalled his intention to reject a new contract, Everton manager, Ronald Koeman, and agent, Mino Raiola, both said was 99% completed, the concept of ‘ambition’ is once again a topic of discussion.

am·bi·tion
noun
a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work

The above is what a quick Google search turned up in regards to the definition of the word and while it seems fairly straightforward, this definition doesn’t seem to translate to the realm of football. Why that is? No one has been able to explain this.

Using the example of Everton and Lukaku, the suggestion following his rejection of a new contract is:

  1. Lukaku has ambition. He wants to play in the Champions League and win trophies.
  2. Everton do not have ambition.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 18: Romelu Lukaku celebrates his first goal with Phil Jagielka Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori during the Premier League match between Everton and Hull City at the Goodison Park on March 18, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

The likes of Jamie Carragher have come out and ‘supported’ his decision, citing his personal ambitions as justification, but does there exist a belief that a player’s ambitions supersedes those of a club? You can agree with Lukaku wanting a move immediately to a top club, yet also believe Everton are a club with big ambitions at the same time, surely.

Everton is littered with ambition and for anyone to suggest otherwise is just ignorant. Sure, they lost their brightest prospect last summer to a bigger club, but they have invested around £75 million since then. There’s talk of building a new stadium. This is a club with big ambitions that should not be faulted just because their size and stature makes achieving goals a harder prospect.