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Everton must retain Ademola Lookman, even if it costs Sam Allardyce’s job

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Everton must retain Ademola Lookman, even if it costs Sam Allardyce’s job

The appointment of Sam Allardyce led to a few key changes within the Everton set-up, and one of those was the casting aside of young winger Ademola Lookman.

The winger was given a shot under David Unsworth and impressed, if not always convincing, but played just 30 minutes of Premier League action before Allardyce shipped him out on loan to Germany and Red Bull Leipzig.

Now, ESPN say that the Germans are keen to make that loan move a permanent one in the summer, but it is a possibility that Everton must resist and refuse to cash in early on a player of undoubted quality.

 

That Leipzig are interested speaks volumes in itself given the reputation they have developed over recent years for picking up young players, often discarded by bigger clubs, and developing them before selling them on again at a profit.

(during the International Friendly between England U21 and Romania U21 at Molineux on March 24, 2018 in Wolverhampton, England.

Right since his days at Charlton, Lookman has been highly rated and already possesses an impressive amount of first team experience given his young age and he’s stood out in Bundesliga too with four goals and two assists in 13 appearances, only six of them being starts.

His pace and dribbling have caused problems, particularly on the left flank, whilst Everton are crying out for another winger in their side to go alongside Yannick Bolasie on the opposite flank.

Allardyce may be reluctant to put his faith in Lookman, but if the club are to look towards their long-term aims, Lookman could form a key part. Allardyce does not.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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