'Must be missing something' - Expert delivers scathing verdict on future of Everton 20-year-old
Everton are thought to be considering the option of allowing forward Ademola Lookman leave the club on loan this transfer window, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo have suggested that a loan move could be the option the Toffees choose to take in order to boost the player’s playing time, but Phil McNulty, chief football writer for the BBC, thinks this would be a terrible move.
McNulty tweeted his sentiments regarding the potential transfer of the 20-year-old and declared that ‘I must be missing something,’ and added, ‘given Everton a completely different look when come on as a sub. Maybe not impressing in training, otherwise offers pace & width to a side without pace and width,’ when referring to the club’s lack of firepower.
If Everton are seriously considering letting Ademola Lookman go out on loan then I must be missing something – given Everton a completely different look when come on as a sub. Maybe not impressing in training, otherwise offers pace & width to a side without pace and width.
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) January 25, 2018
Having joined Everton from Charlton Athletic in January 2017 for a fee in the region of £10million, the exciting forward has found his first team opportunities limited and has started only five games this season, coming off the bench 11 times, and scoring two goals.
And after Toffees boss Sam Allardyce admitted earlier in the window that he was considering letting a number of youth team players head out on loan, it is thought that Lookman could be one of those, after he was omitted from the Everton side that drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion.
The Blues have been heavily criticised on fan phone-ins this season for their lack of pace and firepower up front, and it’s clear that from McNulty’s statement, he feels the Toffees are better off with him than without him.
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