Everton’s goal is to secure Champions League qualification, although bridging the gap between themselves and the Premier League’s top-six monopoly within one season under Marco Silva will be almost impossible. A Europa League spot, for the time being, seems a more realistic bet and Ademola Lookman is the sort of player that can help the Toffees achieve a 7th place finish.
Everton have been one of the biggest spenders since billionaire shareholder Farhad Moshiri came into the club. However, the Toffees have come nowhere close to a top-four finish and have seen Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce depart the club as a result.
But it is not just the managers who have underperformed at Goodison Park under the Moshiri regime. Big money signings such as Yannick Bolasie and Davy Klaassen have also failed to deliver, prompting the likelihood of even further expensive additions being made this summer to replace the flops brought in by Koeman.
Silva, though, should not be too quick to overlook some of the lesser names in the squad. Lookman, for example, is a player that can bring much to Everton’s team.
The £10.8m-rated (via Transfermarkt) 20-year-old was massively underused by Koeman and Allardyce in particular, before lighting up the Bundesliga while out on loan at RB Leipzig.
Lookman scored five goals and created a further three in 11 appearances, but the youngster’s overall game was just as impressive.
Lookman’s playing style is the type that the Goodison Park faithful adore and, with Bolasie possibly leaving the club during this window, the former Charlton man could effortlessly be installed into the role on the left-hand side of Everton’s attack and help the club get back into Europe.