By Matt Farr
Charlton Under-21 coach Jason Euell has delivered the highest praise for new Everton signing Ademola Lookman.
The former Premier League striker drafted Lookman into his Charlton side little more than a year ago, but the 19-year-old sensation has since made an astonishing rise to fame.
His performances in the first-team at the Valley, where he has notched up 12 goals and three assists from 49 appearances in all competitions, earned him a sensational £10million move to Everton last week.
The transfer saw him become the most-expensive ever signing from League One, and the large fee reflects just how highly Lookman is regarded by Everton and the footballing world.
The England U20 international possesses great pace, while dribbling and a powerful finish with either foot are two other outstanding attributes he has to offer – skills that Euell is fully aware of from their time together at Charlton.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Euell spoke very highly of the England youngster as a “special” player, but admitted that he needed to take the time at Charlton to nurture his unquestionable talent.
He said: “We knew the talent he had but sometimes it’s about taking your time with someone like him. We had to be careful with how we used him.
“He’s a great character and everyone else at the training ground would say exactly the same thing. He is just a humble boy who loves his football. He hates being injured and he always wants to do extra work.
“He just wants the ball at his feet and wants to improve. He’s one of those guys who absolutely hates losing.”
New Charlton manager Karl Robinson echoed Euell’s praise saying Lookman was an “incredible talent” and a “joy to work with”.
Lookman made his breakthrough into Euell’s U21 side in November 2015, appearing for the first time in a 1-0 defeat to MK Dons. He finished the campaign as the winner of the Championship’s ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award, despite the club’s relegation from the division.
Meanwhile, he earned his first call-up to England’s U19 side in May, where he went on to make five appearances before progressing to U20 level.
Euell expects Lookman to thrive with Everton in the Premier League, and he could even make his debut for the Toffees when they take on Manchester City on Sunday.
In other Everton news, the Toffees are keen on signing this Premier League star this month.