Amid plenty of speculation surrounding his future, Ademola Lookman was handed a rare start by Everton this weekend.
Usually deployed as a substitute, Marco Silva decided to give Lookman a starting spot in the Premier League clash against Bournemouth.
The young winger played the full 90 minutes and did not fail to impress, further proving why Everton must keep him this month.
Various media outlets, including Goal.com, believe Lookman is on Southampton’s radar this month.
Given his lack of starts at Goodison Park, Southampton are hoping to poach him. New manager Ralph Hasenhuttl worked with Lookman during his loan spell at Red Bull Leipzig and wants a reunion.
But after the 21-year-old scored in the FA Cup against Lincoln City last weekend, he followed that up with an impressive performance against Bournemouth.
The ex-Charlton Athletic wonder kid won the corner in the build-up to Kurt Zouma’s opening goal and then provided an assist for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to seal the victory.
According to Who Scored, Lookman completed 28 passes, provided two key passes, completed four dribbles (more than anyone else on the pitch) and was fouled three times, showing just how much of a handful he was for the Bournemouth defence.
The England under-21 international is already capable of playing a starring role in Silva’s Everton side and he will only get better.
Losing Lookman to Southampton would be terrible business by Everton and his latest performance against Bournemouth is further proof that the Toffees must keep him.