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Lookman must replace Walcott against Chelsea after impressive friendly display

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Lookman must replace Walcott against Chelsea after impressive friendly display

Ademola Lookman has been breathing down Theo Walcott’s neck in the race to start on the right of Everton’s front three for quite some time now.

Walcott’s appalling performance at Old Trafford saw the balance begin to tip and Lookman took full advantage of the otherwise meaningless friendly against Gor Mahia.

The former Charlton flier opened the scoring in the comfortable 4-0 win and his overall display saw him make a real statement of intent.

Lookman wants Walcott’s place and it is becoming increasingly difficult to see why Marco Silva wouldn’t give it to him.

(Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Even at his best, Walcott’s approach is predictable. He takes the outside every time and when he’s not bang on form, it becomes very easy for full-backs to snuff him out.

 

His defensive contribution at Old Trafford was also questionable; he left Seamus Coleman exposed to be tormented by Anthony Martial all afternoon.

Lookman offers greater unpredictability and flexibility; the kind of speedy forward who would fit right into Silva’s preferred gameplan.

The Portuguese clearly knows that which is why Lookman is still around Goodison Park, given he had offers to leave in the summer.

When Everton take on unbeaten Chelsea on Sunday, Lookman must be among the starting eleven.

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