Asked about the threat of Romelu Lukaku, John Carver replied ‘He didn’t cost 2 balloons and a goldfish, did he?’

Costing close to £30m, the Everton striker cost roughly the same as Newcastle United’s entire transfer spending over the last two seasons.

In fact in the transfer windows of summer 2013 and January 2014, Newcastle actually spent less than 2 balloons and a goldfish when it came to buying senior players!

With four goals in his last five matches against Newcastle, Carver obviously sees the blues striker as the major threat to Newcastle.

Lukaku scored his seventh goal in Europe this season to help Everton to a 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev on Thursday.

With sixteen goals in total this season, if Newcastle can stop Mr ‘2 balloons and a goldfish’ they stand every chance of picking up poimnts on Sunday.

John Carver:

“He is a threat for sure, a big powerful lad.

“He wasn’t cheap was he, he didn’t cost 2 balloons and a goldfish, did he?”

Diminishing the threat:

“It was £28m I think it was, so he’s a good player and a strong player.

“When he was at West Brom he did a fantastic job for them, we have to make sure we diminish that threat.”