Fulham boss Scott Parker has waxed lyrical about Cottagers loanee Ademola Lookman following his impressive display away at Tottenham on Wednesday night.
The 23-year-old, on loan at Craven Cottage from RB Leipzig, is fast becoming essential to the West Londoners’ hopes of survival in the Premier League.
A regular starter in recent weeks, Parker opted to name Lookman on the bench for the trip to Spurs, seemingly with the intention of bringing him on later in the game as the hosts’ legs tired.
It proved an inspired decision, the £53,000-a-week ace making an immediate impact and providing a pinpoint cross for Ivan Cavaleiro to head home in the 74th minute for a share of the spoils.
Speaking after the game, Parker sang Lookman’s praises and admitted he hoped to sign him permanently at the end of the season, though he didn’t say whether they were pursuing it for certain.
“He’s been fantastic for us,” Parker told football.london.
“The boy has unbelievable quality, a special player really and he showed that when he comes on today. Get him in and around the box and he’s difficult to play against.
“Of course, at this moment the main focus for Ade is to keep improving and getting better because for sure he’s got loads of levels to go to.
“I’ve got nothing but fond words to say – he’s dedicated to his craft and wants to improve and while you’ve got that drive and determination there’s only one way you’re going.”
And about the prospect of a permanent move, Parker said: “We’ll see at the end of the season.”
Once again the impressive Lookman has proven a game-changer and Parker’s decision to initially bench him against a strong Spurs side could’ve so easily backfired but instead was spot on as the attacker helped his side to a vital point.
The Cottagers revival is on, with five consecutive league draws putting them within touching distance of safety, and Lookman is bound to keep playing a big role in what hopefully turns out to be a season of top-flight survival.