Danny Mills claims that the arrival of Richarlison at Everton last summer contributed significantly to the departure of Ademola Lookman.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England defender says that the 21-year-old, who has permanently left Goodison Park for former loan side RB Leipzig, struggled to make the desired impact despite Marco Silva keeping him on board for last season.
Lookman is said to have cost the Bundesliga side £22.5million, a fee which has seen Everton more than double their money for a player signed from Charlton back in 2017.
Having been signed under Ronald Koeman, Mills says that a change of manager and new recruits on Merseyside left Lookman fighting a losing battle to forge a career at Everton, with their Brazilian star singled out as his biggest competition.
Speaking of Lookman, Mills told Football Insider: “I think obviously the signing of Richarlison, Bernard too, Theo Walcott’s still there – it was difficult for him to break through.
“Change of manager, Silva bringing in Richarlison to play in a very similar position, at that sort of price he was going to be favourite and that’s sometimes what happens in football. One manager brings you in and maybe the coach doesn’t quite fancy you.
“They’ve doubled their money without him really playing for Everton. If you could say to any other club: ‘You can have this player, don’t have to play him and in 18 months you can double your money on him,’ we’ll take that.”
Lookman ended his Everton career with 48 first-team appearances under his belt, 36 of those coming in the Premier League.
He impressed in his 11 games for Leipzig back at the start of 2018, with five goals and four assists to his name.
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