This season has seen Everton look like a completely different outfit to what they have been over the last couple of years. Marco Silva has added the likes of Richarlison, Andre Gomes, Bernard, Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina and turned the Toffees into a serious outfit. However, if he wants to finish 6th ahead of Manchester United this season, he surely has to drop Theo Walcott for Ademola Lookman.
The 21-year-old winger has been coming of age for a while now. After signing for the club from Charlton almost two years ago now in January 2017, it’s high time he was made a starter at the club. Walcott has been poor as of late and it would make more sense if Marco Silva was to start the tricky youngster and use Walcott as an impact substitute off the bench, especially seeing as Lookman has shown what he can do in two countries.
The young ex-Charlton winger showed exactly what he can do when he came off the bench against Manchester City on his Everton debut and scored the final goal of an emphatic 4-0 win over Pep Guardiola’s side. However, at that point he was just a rough diamond, now he’s starting to look like the real deal after a loan spell at RB Leipzig and having spent time working under Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce and now Marco Silva.
A young English talent like Lookman simply has to be starting more games than he does, and if Silva doesn’t start utilising him and giving him the game time he deserves then it would be no surprise if he had his head turned by a club a little bit lower down the table who would be prepared to offer him consistent minutes in the first team. If his Portuguese gaffer did throw him to some more action, it would only improve Everton’s chances of getting Europe anyway.
Koeman, the man who brought Lookman to the club back in January 2017, was ultimately fired for his poor showing in the Europa League last season, and if Silva can qualify for the second tier European competition then it would be a testament to the job he’s done on Merseyside so far, with that being said, though, the clubs chances of qualifying for it and usurping Manchester United in the Premier League’s top six would be much better if he was to put some faith in his 21-year-old star.