'He has produced more than we expected': Koeman delivers verdict on Everton new signing
By Matt Farr
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has delivered a glowing verdict of exciting attacking prospect Ademola Lookman.
The 19-year-old moved to Everton in January for a fee that could rise to £11million, and made an immediate impact with a goal on his Premier League debut against Manchester City.
But he has remained an unused substitute in Everton’s last five league matches, and Koeman insists his time will come again.
However, the Everton chief took the opportunity to praise the youngster for his impressive start at Goodison Park, insisting that he had already ‘produced more than expected’.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “Sometimes a young player is up and down and sometimes it’s about protecting the player.
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“He has produced more than we expected when we signed the player and of course every training session here is intense.
“The boy will come, he will get more minutes, he will get game time. There are more players in front of him but it’s not because he is not training well.”
Lookman’s last appearance for the club came in the 2-0 victory over Sunderland on February 25, but Koeman claims he has since been protecting his young star from the big-stage.
The winger had made the massive jump from League One football with Charlton when signing for Everton at the start of the year, and is still adjusting to the demands of the division.
His blistering start certainly did not help, and Koeman is now taking the necessary measures to ensure his prized youngster keeps his feet on the ground.
Everton have seven matches left to play in the Premier League this season, starting with Sunday’s visit from Craig Shakespeare’s in-form Leicester.
In other Everton news, a much-coveted teenage sensation has headed to Merseyside on trial.