This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Whilst Farhad Moshiri has brought in plenty of fresh funds to Everton, the Toffees still need to be clever in the transfer market.
That does not only mean spending their money wisely to bring in top-quality talent – exactly as they have done with the likes of Richarlison and Lucas Digne in recent years – but also signing players on the cheap and moving them on when the time is right.
They have done that with players who have performed particularly well – such as Romelu Lukaku – and others who perhaps have not quite hit the heights they expected. Ademola Lookman is certainly one of those with whom they did fantastic business.
The Goodison Park outfit paid £7.5m for Lookman when he was just 18 after he had impressed with Charlton Athletic – he scored 12 goals in 49 appearances for the the Addicks. Whilst he was not expected to become a star player straight away, there were high hopes for the future.
He could barely have dreamed of making a quicker impact at the club. After a matter of seconds on the pitch against Manchester City, the winger scored his first goal in a 4-0 victory, announcing himself to the Premier League in the process.
That, though, was probably as good as it got for him on Merseyside. He scored two goals in his next 22 matches for the club before moving to RB Leipzig in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign. He took to the Bundesliga like a duck to water, scoring five times and providing four assists in just 11 matches.
Do you wish Lookman should have stayed longer?
Back at Everton in the 2018/19 term, he managed one goal in 24 matches – hardly that impressive. That, though, didn’t stop Leipzig from deciding to part with a huge £22.5m to take him back to Germany, this time on a permanent basis. Since then, he has failed to net in just 13 appearances in all competitions during the 2019/20 campaign.
The Toffees won’t be too worried though – despite him failing to convince following that electric start, they managed to make a profit of £15m after just four goals and 48 games. If only they could guarantee that kind of success with every deal.
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