Everton and Sam Allardyce’s decision to allow Ademola Lookman a shock January loan departure from the club was the worst since the former England boss took charge at Goodison Park.
If Farhad Moshiri needs any reason to show Big Sam the exit door this summer, then Lookman’s loan move to RB Leipzig is exactly that, with the 20-year-old winger having found his scoring boots in the Bundesliga, where he has been in sensational form.
Six starts in 13 games has seen the player involved in six goals, with four of those his own strikes and two assists for his team mates at his loan side, in what was a seriously surprising move over January.
While the England U21 star has not been a mainstay in the German side’s starting XI, he has at least been given opportunities to show what he is capable of – unlike the lack of faith shown in him by the Toffees.
Tellingly, Lookman is precisely the sort of player that could have spared Big Sam from the endless vitriol targeted in his direction by the throngs of Blues supporters.
The Everton faithful have grown increasingly tired of what they see as their team’s reliance on long-ball tactics and have demanded a more attractive style of play which includes not bypassing the midfield zone.
Lookman is the exciting youngster who is capable of ripping apart opposing defences and producing a moment of spark in tight games.
The 20-year-old’s exit from the club in January was the moment that truly highlighted Big Sam is not the man to take the Blues forward.
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